Medical Board of Australia
Medical Board of Australia
 

Supervision

All international medical graduates (IMGs) who are granted limited registration or provisional registration must be supervised. Supervision remains a requirement of registration for the duration of the IMG’s limited or provisional registration.

Guidelines

The Board’s Guidelines - Supervised practice for international medical graduates came into effect on 4 January 2016.

Document name PDF Accessible format Date of effect
Revised: Guidelines - Supervised practice for international medical graduates PDF (146KB) Word version 
(659KB,DOCX)
From 4 January 2016

The revised guidelines replaced the Guidelines for supervised practice for limited registration.

The Guidelines apply to all IMGs with limited registration or provisional registration. The Board expects all IMGs and their supervisors to follow the revised Guidelines from 4 January 2016.

What are the changes to the Guidelines?

The Guidelines have been reformatted and reworded to make them clearer.

The key changes to supervision arrangements for IMGs are:

  • changes to the requirements for supervisors, including a new online education and assessment module for supervisors 
  • changes to the number of IMGs permitted per supervisor 
  • clearer descriptions of the four levels of supervision 
  • revised supervision arrangements for IMGs working after-hours, on-call or providing home visits and locum services 
  • a new process for appointing temporary supervisors 
  • a new audit provision - IMGs and their supervisors may be audited to check compliance with the Board’s supervision requirements.

Transitional arrangements

Recognising that there are current IMGs already in positions with approved supervision arrangements, the Board has approved transitional arrangements. The transitional arrangements allow a current IMG (who was registered before 4 January 2016) to continue in their current approved position with existing supervision arrangements for a limited period of time. When the transitional period ends or if the IMG wishes to change their position or supervision arrangements, the IMG must ensure their position, their supervisor and their supervision arrangements meet all the requirements in the Guidelines.

The transitional arrangements are outlined in Transitional arrangements for Guidelines - Supervised practice for international medical graduates (274 KB,PDF), Word version (651 KB,DOCX)

FAQ are available to help IMGs and their supervisors determine what they need to do when the IMG is making an application for registration or applying to renew their registration.

Applications for registration

Application forms for limited or provisional registration are available on the Forms page. 

Supervision templates

Please note: The following forms are required to be opened using Adobe Acrobat Reader and may not display correctly in all browsers. For more information, please view the system requirements of this website.
Document name PDF Document date
Supervised practice plan and principal supervisor's agreement for IMGs with limited or provisional registration - SPPA-30 PDF
(713KB)
24 June 2016
Orientation report for IMGs with limited or provisional registration - ORIG-30 PDF
(276KB)
8 April 2016
Work performance report for IMGs with limited or provisional registration - WRIG-30 PDF
(332KB)
8 April 2016

Online education and assessment module for supervisors

All principal supervisors, co-supervisors and term co-supervisors (including existing supervisors) must satisfactorily complete the Board’s online education and assessment module on these Guidelines, to ensure that they understand their roles and responsibilities as a supervisor.

The module will be available from 4 January 2016.

Existing principal and co-supervisors will be contacted directly by email with information about the module and how to access it.

New supervisors will be contacted directly with information about the module and how to access it after the Board approves the IMG’s supervised practice plan and the new supervisor(s).

More information

FAQ are available to help IMGs and their supervisors determine what they need to do when the IMG is making an application for registration or applying to renew their registration.

Retired versions

Document name PDF Date of effect
Retired version: Guidelines for supervised practice for limited registration PDF (546KB) To 3 January 2016
 
 
 
Page reviewed 7/09/2016