New Zealand Registrar Recruitment

The New Zealand Branch facilitates the centralised recruitment of all radiation oncology registrars on behalf of RANZCR’s accredited training sites in New Zealand and the Faculty of Radiation Oncology Network New Zealand (FRONNZ). These sites cover six of the twenty District Health Boards (DHBs) throughout New Zealand.

Applications are open for 2020.

Notification to prospective applicants for the Clinical Radiology and the Radiation Oncology training programmes – COVID 19

Thank you for your interest in the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologist’s (the College’s) training programs.

 The New Zealand Government’s response to the COVID-19 virus continues to evolve daily. Despite this, the College is making every effort to ensure minimum disruption to our members and prospective trainees. 

 Recruitment for the radiation oncology training program is proceeding as scheduled.  All applications must be received by noon on 6 May 2020.  

 Despite our intention to proceed with the standard recruitment process, including interviews, alternative plans are being made to cover a range of eventualities, including ongoing social distancing, travel restrictions and strain to New Zealand’s healthcare system. Any change to plans will be communicated to applicants.

 To ease your concerns, please be advised:

  • In the unlikely event that the recruitment process does not go ahead at all in 2020, you will be refunded the application fee.
  • • Given the current circumstances, any unsuccessful applications for the 2020 intake will not be counted as an application attempt. (Generally, applicants are limited to 3 attempts.)

The Recruitment Process

  1. Eligible applications are ranked by all participating training centres and an interview shortlist is drawn up. Interviews will be conducted in June 2020.
  2. After the interviews, all applicants will be ranked in order of merit and matched to a District Health Board (DHB) with a vacant training position. RANZCR will then recommend to the matched DHBs that they accept the matched applicants as employees.
  3. Successful applicants will have their CV, references, application form and documents sent directly to the matched DHB. The DHB will then apply their specific checking criteria to the application and may require the successful applicant to complete an internal DHB application form.
  4. Offers of employment from the DHBs are released in late July each year. The successful applicants and the relevant DHBs then negotiate and sign a mutually acceptable employment contract.

How to Apply

To apply for a radiation oncology first year training position, please submit your completed application form(s) and ensure three completed referee forms have been sent directly to the New Zealand Office.

To be eligible to undertake radiation oncology training, applicants must:

  • have a minimum of two years’ full time postgraduate experience
  • hold (or are eligible to hold) General Registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ), or can provide written assurance from the MCNZ that general scope registration will be approved by the start of the training year (Monday, 7 December 2020)
  • be able to legally work in New Zealand

Preference will also be given to applicants who meet Health Workforce New Zealand criteria (hold New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency).

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Key Dates for 2020


Wednesday 1 April 2020

Applications open

Wednesday 6 May 2020 (Noon)

Applications close

Tuesday 23 June 2020

Interview date (Wellington)

Monday 7 December 2020

Start date for trainees