Medical Board of Australia - Competent Authority Pathway process
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Competent Authority Pathway process

IMG secures an offer of employment

IMG applies to the Australian Medical Council for primary source verification (PSV) of their primary qualification (more information is available on the AMC website)

IMG undertakes a self assessment against the eligibility criteria for the competent authority pathway

IMG applies to the Medical Board of Australia (MBA)/AHPRA for provisional registration to work in a specified position

The Board requires a Pre-Employment Structured Clinical Interview (PESCI) if you are applying for registration to work in general practice.

A PESCI can be undertaken prior to applying for provisional registration. For more information, see the PESCI webpage.

Applicants can also contact Ahpra for more information via Ahpra’s web enquiry form.


The Board/AHPRA confirms eligibility via the competent authority pathway and eligibility for provisional registration. This assessment is undertaken against all applicable registration standards and the requirements of the proposed position

If approved, provisional registration is granted to allow for a 12 month period (minimum of 47 weeks full time service) of supervised practice to be completed satisfactorily

IMG submits completed orientation report and work performance report at the completion of three months practice

IMG successfully completes 12 months (minimum of 47 weeks full time service) of supervised practice

IMG applies to the Board/AHPRA for general registration


Download a PDF of How to apply for registration - for IMGs on the competent authority pathway (176 KB,PDF)

Page reviewed 24/11/2020