Provisional to general registration

Finishing your intern year in 2021? We have made changes to the requirements for general registration in response to COVID-19. Check the FAQs below for details.

Transition from provisional to general registration for medical interns

If you hold provisional registration, you can apply for general registration online.

Medical interns can apply for general registration online four weeks prior to their anticipated internship completion date.

Medical practitioners who hold provisional registration via the standard or competent authority pathways can also apply for general registration online.

Apply online - Provisional to general

 

Australian and New Zealand medical graduates completing an accredited internship in Australia (Interns)

If you lodge your application before your current registration expiry date, your provisional registration will remain in effect until your general registration is finalised and confirmed via email to you.

Interns - Changes to requirements for general registration in 2021 in response to COVID-19

Interns must meet the requirements in the registration standard Granting general registration as a medical practitioner to Australian and New Zealand medical graduates on completion of intern training. Interns must complete:

  • at least 47 weeks full-time equivalent service
  • all accredited core terms with a minimum of:
    • ten weeks in surgery
    • ten weeks in medicine
    • eight weeks in emergency medical care and
    • a range of other approved terms to make up a minimum of 47 weeks full-time equivalent service.

During 2021 the Board understands that interns may have been unable to work as a direct result of COVID-19, such as a requirement to isolate or due to COVID-19 related illness. Interns (including those who commenced in November-December 2020) who have had to take genuine COVID-related leave must complete:

  • at least 40 weeks full-time equivalent supervised service (a reduction of up to seven weeks from the standard 47 weeks required)
  • all accredited core terms, but each term length can be reduced by no more than two weeks if COVID-related leave was taken during that term
  • a minimum term of:
    • eight weeks in surgery
    • eight weeks in medicine
    • six weeks in emergency medical care and
    • a range of other approved terms to make up a minimum of 40 weeks full-time equivalent service.

For the purpose of granting general registration at the end of the intern year, the Board will accept a Certificate of completion signed by the Director of Medical Services, Director of Training or another person authorised to sign off intern reports which confirms that each intern has performed satisfactorily during the intern year. The reasons for any shortfall when the period of supervised practice has been less than 47 weeks, but at least 40 need to be explained in the certificate.

However, if the time or experience missed is more substantial, and would not provide the relevant breadth of experience or enable learning outcomes to be met, then there may be a need for the intern to complete more clinical experience once the COVID-19 pandemic is less acute.

The Board reduced the minimum supervised clinical experience required of interns in 2021 to at least 40 weeks, from the standard 47 weeks, to allow for sick leave and isolation as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has not reduced the length of the internship. 

Interns are required to complete accredited terms with a minimum term of:

  • eight weeks in surgery
  • eight weeks in medicine
  • six weeks in emergency medical care and
  • a range of other approved terms to make up a minimum of 40 weeks full-time equivalent service.

When the period of supervised practice has been less than 47 weeks, but at least 40, the intern will need to explain the reasons for the shortfall. Having to take sick leave or to isolate as a direct result of COVID-19 are acceptable reasons for reducing the period of supervised practice.

The Board will not approve applications for general registration earlier than the usual intern completion date. The Board expects interns who started at the beginning of 2021 to continue their internship until the start of 2022, when they can apply for general registration. Interns who started their internship in late 2020 are required to continue their internship until late 2021.

The Board will continue to review the requirements for interns, as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic becomes clearer. We will be flexible if there are ongoing impacts on health services that affect internships, including for the small group of interns who may start their internship mid-year.

The Medical Board of Australia (the Board) requires all interns to complete accredited terms in 2021. Interns needing to isolate or take COVID-19-related sick leave are able to reduce the length of their supervised practice by up to seven weeks. They must complete at least 40 weeks in accredited terms as described above.

In 2020, interns can satisfactorily complete their supervised clinical experience (including assessing and treating individual patients) in either accredited or unaccredited positions.

The Medical Board of Australia (the Board) will accept practice in non-accredited positions, in hospital or other settings, only when they have been arranged and approved by the intern’s employing hospital. Interns cannot arrange rotations/terms/positions privately.

The Board requires interns to satisfactorily complete supervised clinical experience for the purposes of general registration. Practitioners whose internship does not include clinical roles (including assessing and treating individual patients) are not eligible for general registration.

 

Interns - applying for general registration as a medical practitioner 

If you hold provisional registration, you can apply online no more than four weeks before your anticipated internship completion date, through your online services account using your User ID - click the Apply online button at the top of this page.

You will need to complete the online form and pay the required fee.  You will be asked if there’s been any change to your Australian criminal history status, and if you need to disclose any impairment not previously disclosed. If you do declare a change in status, you might be asked to provide further information.

After you have satisfactorily completed your internship, Ahpra receives confirmation directly from your employer that you have successfully completed the required period of supervised practice to transition from provisional to general registration. Ahpra will use this confirmation to finalise your registration.

You can apply for general registration no more than four weeks before the anticipated completion date of your internship.

Interns are required to satisfactorily complete 47 weeks full-time equivalent supervised practice. The Board will accept less than 47 weeks (but at least 40 weeks FTE) from interns who needed to take sick leave and/or isolate in 2021 because of COVID-19.

Ahpra will begin to assess your application and any supporting documentation, and if necessary, carry out a criminal history check. While we can’t finalise your application until we receive confirmation directly from your employer that you have successfully completed your internship, we begin to assess your application, so that it’s ready to be finalised once we receive the confirmation. If you meet the requirements for general registration, you will be granted general registration and we will send you an email confirming that you are registered. Your registration details are updated and published on the Register of Practitioners.

You will receive an automated confirmation via email when you submit your application.

Make sure you have provided a valid email address with your registration, so Ahpra can send you an email confirming that we have received your application.

To ensure a smooth transition from provisional to general registration, you should apply for registration online no more than four weeks before the anticipated completion date of your internship.

This way, Ahpra can begin to assess your application, before it receives confirmation directly from your employer that you have successfully completed your internship. If you meet the requirements for registration, we aim to finalise your application within two weeks after receiving confirmation from your employer.

You can download a certificate from your online services account after you have received an email from us confirming your general registration. You can print this out and use it as evidence of your general registration status with potential employers.

If a practitioner or employer wants to check someone’s registration details the safest and most up-to-date way to do so is via the online Register of Practitioners which is updated every day.

You can renew your provisional registration, if it has not expired, so that you can complete your internship. Please contact Ahpra customer service team on 1300 419 495 between 9:00am – 5:00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time to ask for the appropriate form to renew your provisional registration. You will need to provide your registration number, your name and date of birth.

Ahpra will contact you directly to confirm your options.

 

Interns - registration fees

There are no application fees for changing your registration from provisional to general. You will be required to pay the standard annual registration fee for general registration. 

See the Medical Board’s schedule of fees for further information on exact fee amounts.

If you apply for general registration but do not successfully complete your internship or choose to withdraw your application after it has been received. Ahpra will refund your general registration fee.

If you are eligible to renew your provisional registration so that you can complete your internship, there will be a registration fee for provisional registration. In this case, Ahpra will refund the difference between the general and provisional registration fees.

 
 
 
Page reviewed 6/08/2021