New report on migration and pharmacy

13 December 2023

Many industries are reliant on migration to address the worker and skills shortage in Australia and community pharmacy is not immune.

That’s why the Pharmacy Guild has released the new Migration Report as part of its Workforce Capability Project.

The report follows a comprehensive analysis of migration and how it can address current vacancy rates in community pharmacy and improve productivity.

Among the key findings of the report are:

  • 74% of pharmacies are experiencing difficulty in recruiting and retaining staff.
  • Around 18% of pharmacy employers say recruitment is the biggest challenge they face.
  • Rural and regional pharmacies have the most difficulty in meeting the population’s needs because of the workforce shortage.
  • The proportion of part-time to full-time pharmacists in community pharmacy is “significantly unbalanced” compared to other industries.
  • A large number of internationally trained pharmacists have applied for Australian registration.

The report also updates members with information on visas and the types of visas relevant to community pharmacy, current overseas pharmacists and pharmacy students, and international registration.

Members can download a copy of the Migration Report from the Workplace Capability Project page under the Latest Reports section.

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