Assessment pathways to registration for international medical graduates
International medical graduates (IMGs) whose medical qualifications are from a medical school outside of Australia or New Zealand and who are seeking registration to practise medicine in Australia must provide evidence of eligibility to undertake one of the following assessment pathways:
- Competent Authority pathway
- Standard pathway, or
- Specialist pathway
The assessment process assesses the knowledge and clinical skills of IMGs seeking to qualify for medical registration in Australia.
The Competent Authority pathway
The Competent Authority pathway is for overseas-trained non-specialists, but is also available to specialists, including general practitioners. This pathway leads to general registration.
IMGs who have passed recognised examinations or have completed training through a Board approved competent authority, can apply for assessment under this pathway.
IMGs applying for the Competent Authority pathway should apply directly to the Medical Board of Australia (the Board) for provisional registration.
Learn more about the Competent Authority pathway.
The Standard pathway
The Standard pathway is for IMGs seeking general registration with the Board. This pathway applies to IMGs who are not eligible for the Competent Authority pathway or the Specialist pathway.
IMGs who have a primary qualification in medicine and surgery awarded by a training institution listed in the current International Medical Education Directory (IMED) of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER), can apply for assessment under this pathway.
IMGs applying for the Standard pathway should apply directly to the Australian Medical Council (AMC).
IMGs must pass the AMC CAT MCQ Examination before they can apply to the Board for registration.
Learn more about the Standard pathway.
The Specialist pathway
The Specialist pathway is for the following IMGs:
- overseas-trained specialists applying for assessment of comparability to the standard of a specialist trained in that specialty in Australia (specialist recognition)
- overseas-trained specialists applying for an area of need specialist level position in Australia (area of need), and
- overseas-trained specialists or specialists-in-training wishing to undertake a short period of specialist or advanced training in Australia (short-term training).
IMGs who have a primary qualification in medicine and surgery from a training institution listed in the current International Medical Education Directory (IMED) of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) and who have satisfied all the training and examination requirements to practise in their field of specialty in their country of training, can apply for assessment under this pathway (specialist recognition or area of need).
To be eligible for the Specialist pathway - short-term training (specialist-in-training), IMGs must have completed their training or be no more than two years away from completing their specialist training overseas.
IMGs applying for the Specialist pathway should apply directly to the relevant specialist medical college for assessment.
Learn more about the Specialist pathway.
Which pathway am I eligible for?
To help you decide which pathway may be relevant to you, an initial self-assessment check and an overview of the pathways is provided as a guide.
Self assessment check to determine which pathway to apply for – for IMGs wishing to practise medicine in Australia
I have completed my primary medical qualification in a country other than Australia or New Zealand
I have been issued a primary medical qualification by a training institute listed in FAIMER IMED
I have been issued with a specialist medical qualification
I intend to undertake further training in Australia for a short term only to gain advanced specialist skills
I have an offer for an area of need position in Australia
I have an offer for a specialist training position
I intend to undertake further training in Australia for a short term only to complete my specialist training
I have completed the requirements of a MBA designated competent authority
I have an offer for a specialist training position
Download a PDF of the Self assessment check to determine which pathway to apply for - for IMGs wishing to practise (176 KB,PDF)
Download a PDF of the Overview of pathways to registration for IMGs wishing to practise medicine in Australia (95.1 KB,PDF), Web page version.
You will be charged a fee for each application (to AMC, specialist medical college, the Board) so read the detailed information on each pathway, including the eligibility requirements, before applying.
Pre-employment structured clinical interview (PESCI)
IMGs applying for registration may be required to undergo a pre-employment structured clinical interview (PESCI) depending on the nature of the position and the level of risk inherent to the position.
The purpose of a PESCI is to establish whether an IMG has the knowledge, skills and experience to practise safely and effectively in the specific position for which registration is being sought.
Further information about who needs to undertake a PESCI.
In relation to the assessment pathways, the Board and the AMC do not:
- advise IMGs on their qualifications, training or experience
- provide information on the training, examination or other requirements of the specialist medical colleges (contact the relevant college).
- issue visas or offer any advice on migration to Australia (information on immigration is available from the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection)
- have any involvement in employing doctors in Australia (information on employment is available from Australian state and territory health authorities)
- issue Medicare provider numbers (information is available from Medicare Australia).