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Ensure you meet the eligibility criteria to apply via ACE for a first year House Officer position in New Zealand.

Application Process Overview

Make sure you are 100% across the ACE process.


How to stay up to date with what's happening during the ACE RMO Intake?

Information for Australian Graduates

Specific information for Australian Graduates wanting to apply for a first year House Officer position in New Zealand.


Indicative positions for each employer taking part in the ACE process.

Important ACE Dates

Ensure you are familiar with when applications open, close and other key dates. A full timeline is available here.

Employer Information

Contact details and key information of each employer to help you chose your employer preferences. 

ACE Resources

Get access to a CV templates, physical reference forms, algorithm videos, recent ACE newsletters and presentations.


Got a question about ACE? Your question may already be answered in our FAQs section.


A comprehensive list of common questions can be found in the FAQ section above.

  • What if I don't apply through ACE during my TI year?

    An applicant who decides not to apply through the ACE scheme during their final year at Medical School (to complete research, Honours or any other personal reasons) will only be eligible to apply for the intake immediately following the completion of their final exams.

    Those applicants who choose to defer their first application for a year will not be eligible to apply a second time if unsuccessful in their first application attempt as they will no longer meet the above eligibility criteria that stipulates applicants can only apply in the intake immediately at the end of their final year of medical school or the intake immediately following. By deferring, these applicants therefore forgo one of their two possible application attempts. 


  • What if I cannot commence at the start of the training year?

    It is preferred that you be available to commence employment at the start of the relevant training year (November 2017). However, if this is not possible you will need to indicate this and the reason in your ACE application and Cover Letter. Your details will be sent to the employers you preference and your application will be marked as a late start. Employers will then have the option to rank your application or not. If an employer is unable to accommodate a late start they are not obligated to rank you.

  • Will I get ranked by all the DHBs that I have preferred in my application?

    The DHBs will review and assess all the applications that they receive, however they might only rank applicants who they think are suitable to work at their DHBs. This means that even if you have preferred a DHB, they might not rank you. This is a very important information to remember when you get you match results.

  • What is ACE Applicant Guide?

    ACE Applicant guide is very useful tool which gives an in-depth overview of the entire ACE process and step by step instruction for what you need to do to complete your ACE application. Most of the times you’ll find that the answers to the question you may have are available in the ACE Applicants Guide.

    Click here to access the 2017 ACE Applicant Guide - ACE Applicant Guide 

  • Paired Applicants.

    ACE allows for couples who wish to work together at the same DHB and who are both applying via ACE in the same intake, to submit their applications as a pair. However, there are potential consequences you should consider before deciding to apply as a pair as these may impact your match outcome!

    1. The ACE algorithm will consider the pair based on the lowest eligibility category of the two applicants.
    2. The ACE algorithm will consider the pair based on the lowest employer ranking of the two applicants. 
    3. A match can only be facilitated where there are 2 PGY1 positions still available at the time the algorithm considers the pair.

    After you have entered the accurate information under the paired applicants section in your ACE application, the DHBs will be aware that your application is a paired application. More information regarding applying as a pair can be found in the ACE applicant guide

  • I am having trouble converting my documents into PDF format.

    We have added some instructions in the ACE Appllicant guide (Page 18) to help you convert documents in PDF format. Please click here to access the current ACE Applicant Guide 

  • Do I have to disclose my DHB preferences to the DHBs during the DHB ranking process?

    As per the ACE business rules agreed by all the DHBs, applicants DHB preferences are confidential and you are not required to disclose this to the DHBs at any stage of ACE RMO Intake.

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