After 1 July 2010, every doctor practising medicine in Australia must be registered with the Medical Board of Australia.

The Board keeps up-to-date public registers:

  • of all registered medical practitioners with general, provisional, limited and non-practising registration
  • of all medical practitioners who are recognised as specialists

There is a range of different types of registration to match different levels of training and experience. Most doctors have general registration and there are specific categories for medical students, newly trained doctors and some international medical graduates.

National registration came into effect on 1 July 2010. Medical practitioners with general registration can practise in any state or territory in Australia.


Types of Medical Registration

Under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009, there is a range of registration categories under which a doctor can practise medicine in Australia. Different categories apply to different types of registration. More information about these categories is published below.

Categories of medical registration are:

The Board can also grant student registration to medical students undertaking an approved program of study.


Endorsement for Acupuncture

(s.97 of the National Law)

In Victoria, it is currently an offence to use the title ‘acupuncturist’ or to hold oneself out as a practitioner who is qualified to practise acupuncture unless the person is registered by the Chinese Medicine Board of Victoria or endorsed in relation to acupuncture by a health regulation Board.

The Victorian government has decided to retain these provisions for acupuncture after 1 July 2010.

After 1 July 2012, all registrants who wish to use the title ‘acupuncturist’ or to hold themselves out as a practitioner who is qualified to practise acupuncture, will be required to be endorsed for acupuncture by the Medical Board of Australia or be registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia, when this is established.

See the Board’s Registration Standard - Endorsement of registration for acupuncture for registered medical practitioners.


Obligations on Medical Practitioners

Obligations on medical practitioners include:

  • English language skills registration standard
  • Proof of identity
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) registration standard
  • Recency of practice registration standard
  • Professional indemnity insurance registration standard
  • Criminal history registration standard