Discover surgeon jobs in Australia and New Zealand

Whatever your lifestyle or career goals are, our Surgeon Consultant Team exists to help you discover them. Get access to the largest network of surgeon jobs in Australia & New Zealand, double the next largest agency.

Meet your Australian Surgery Specialist
Louise Anker

I am passionate about working alongside Surgeons (including Orthopaedic, General, and Subspecialties). I enjoy the challenge of finding new locations for my doctors to explore, searching for the right role to fit available dates, finding family-friendly working holidays, and the rewarding feeling of helping remote locations find cover.

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The surgeon consultant market in Australia

General surgeons are among Australia’s top-earning professionals in 2022. Recent figures from the Australian Tax Office show that surgeons earned an average of $394,866, with general surgeons earning around $358,000 per year. Locum surgeons are earning up to $3500 a day.

The surgery job market is quite competitive, let our specialist team help you find the role of your dreams.

Latest Surgery jobs in Australia

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Surgery - general

  • Bathurst, New South Wales AU
  • Locum
  • $2,800 per day
  • 31 Mar 2023 ~ 31 Mar 2023
Reach your potential at this modern hospital in a vibrant, historic town.  Located in one of the most diverse regions in New South Wales, this city boasts heritage-listed buildings, and world-class museums and galleries alongside spectacular natural wonders. With a strong educational sector, the...

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Surgery - general

  • Albury, New South Wales AU
  • Locum
  • $2,700 per day
  • NOW ~ 31 Mar 2023
This public hospital in Australia is located in a bustling city that offers a unique blend of urban and rural living. The hospital is situated in a picturesque location, surrounded by lush greenery and scenic views. The hospital is well-equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and advanced medical...

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Surgery - general

  • Mildura, Victoria AU
  • Locum
  • $2,500 per day
  • 31 Mar 2023 ~ 02 Apr 2023
Based in Victoria (VIC), this is 172-bed (level 1) tertiary teaching hospital, offering services to both public and private patients. They provide the following services: Emergency Department General medical services Surgical services ICU Obstetrics & Gynaecology Oncology Paediatrics Psychiatry...
Meet your New Zealand Surgery Specialist
Meet Dominique Ross

I love that no day is the same. Surgeons are at diverse stages with diverse goals that we can work towards.

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The surgeon consultant market in New Zealand

General surgeons are among the top-earning specialties in New Zealand. The average income of a specialist surgeon in New Zealand is $204,465. The surgery job market is quite competitive, let our specialist team help you find the role of your dreams.

Latest Surgery jobs in New Zealand

Specialist Consultant

Surgery - general

  • Masterton, North Island NZ
  • Locum
  • $2,000 per day
  • 03 Apr 2023 ~ 23 Jun 2023
Recently having moved into a brand new, fully equipped, purpose built building, this hospital strives to provide the highest standard of 24-hour acute and emergency services. Set in the heart of the Wairarapa region, this teaching hospital provides a full range of secondary medical, surgical and...

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Surgery - general

  • Greymouth, South Island NZ
  • Locum
  • $2,000 per day
  • 01 May 2023 ~ 11 Sep 2023
Part of the West Coast District Health Board, this hospital has 114 beds. The experienced theatre staff strives to provide the best clinical practice from three spacious theatre suites (with the world's best views!), endoscopy suite and a post-anaesthetic care unit. Services include: Surgery...

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Surgery - general

  • Blenheim, South Island NZ
  • Locum
  • $1,500 per day
  • 01 May 2023 ~ 30 Sep 2023
This public hospital in New Zealand is located in a beautiful and serene environment that offers a perfect balance between work and leisure. The hospital is situated in a bustling city that is known for its vibrant culture and friendly people. The hospital is well-equipped with modern facilities...
Hear what other Surgeons had to say
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“If you are locuming you can choose when you want to work, how long you want to work for and then you can choose when you go back. It’s enabled me to have more time to spend with the family and do things I enjoy like gardening and cooking.”

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Dr Kevin Naidoo , General Surgeon
Discover your new lifestyle in Surgery
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Take control of where and when you work for a better work/life balance. Placements last anything from a few hours to a year. Make good money while considering your next move. We can show you ways of working that you may not have considered.

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Travel with your work. Thousands of placements are now available in hospitals, clinics and medical centres across Australia and New Zealand. Experience life in a different town, city or country. Spend more time doing the things you love, or with the people you love.

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Leave the paperwork to us. We have time and resources to connect you with leading hospitals , clinics and medical centres to ensure a seamless move. Moving to Australia or New Zealand? You will find us an ‘expert insider’, answering questions and organising every last detail.

Doctors first. Then Jobs. That's our difference.

Life as a doctor demands you give everything. Dr Sam Hazledine learned this first as an intern. Years later Medrecruit was his response. Sam successfully lobbied the World Medical Association to amend the Declaration of Geneva (the modern-day Hippocratic Oath) to include:

I will attend to my own health, wellbeing, and abilities in order to provide care of the highest standard.

Medrecruit continue to advocate for, educate and work towards better health and wellbeing for all doctors.

Dr Kevin Naidoo - working as a locum surgeon
The search for a better lifestyle as a general surgeon. Dr Kevin Naidoo shares his journey from South Africa to NZ
Article by Dr Kevin Naidoo | 14 May 2021

Benefits of working with Medrecruit

Live better. Find better.

Find better job opportunities, better experiences and a better life here. With Medrecruit, you’ll get ongoing career support and a personalised service.

Earn up to $3500/day

Locum doctors can earn fantastic rates with flexible hours and locations across Australia and NZ. Whether you're saving for a house, investing or simply feel like treating yourself - locuming is a great way to boost your earnings.

Travel costs covered

For most placements, your travel and accommodation costs are covered. This means you get to explore new places with no cost to you!

Are accommodation and travel costs covered?

Yes! Most locum placements offer travel and accommodation arrangements. We can help negotiate this for you. This is usually hospital accommodation or a nice bed and breakfast, and flight or petrol reimbursement.

What length are locum placements?

Locum placements can be as short as a couple of days, though most doctors prefer slightly longer placements (a few weeks or months) so there’s time to get to know the area and the team.

Medrecruit also works with doctors to find permanent roles.

What paperwork will I need to apply for roles?

Your registration number, a current CV and three references are the essentials of any job application. Other paperwork that's commonly required is:

  • Evidence of vaccinations,
  • Evidence of your degree/fellowship,
  • Annual Practicing Certificates,
  • Indemnity,
  • A certified copy of your passport and/or driver’s licence,
  • Police vetting form.

What you'll need can vary slightly between Australian states and in New Zealand. Some states/locations also ask you complete an online training course (eMedical Courses). We're here to help guide you through the requirements and we'll give you a checklist detailing everything you need.

Do you charge a fee to doctors?

Nope! Our service is free for doctors. We're paid by hospitals and clinics for our services and are preferred suppliers in several states and areas. Because we have a huge network of doctors, we save clinics and hospitals time (and money) by taking the stress out of the hiring and credentialing process.

How will I get paid?

This depends on where you work – the hospital or clinic chooses how a doctor is paid. This will work one of three ways:

  • You’re paid by the hospital/clinic, as an employee
  • You’re paid by the hospital/clinic as a contractor
  • Medrecruit pays you directly

Your recruitment specialist can let you know which method you’ll be paid by for each job you undertake.

What is the average Surgery job salary?

General Surgeons are among Australia’s top-earning professionals in 2021. Recent figures from the Australian Tax Office show that surgeons earned an average of $394,866, with general surgeons earning around $358,000 per year.

Though it’s neurosurgeons who continue to earn the highest surgeon’s salary in Australia, there are plenty of great job opportunities for general surgeons. Your level of experience, the kind of work you take on, and even where you work can have an impact on how much you earn.

What Subspecialties of General Surgery do you recruit for?

Our specialist Surgeon team can help you find a role in these Subspecialties:

  • Otolaryngology (ENT)
  • Urology Neurosurgery
  • Plastic Surgery Vascular
  • Surgery Orthopaedic
  • Breast Surgery
  • Surgery Registrar roles