Provisional to general registration

Finishing your intern year in 2020? 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 2020 in response to COVID-19

The Medical Board of Australia (the Board) will waive the usual rotation requirements for interns in 2020.

The Board will accept the following supervised clinical experience for general registration:

  • at least 40 weeks full-time equivalent service (a reduction of seven weeks to allow for isolation/sick leave etc.)
  • the clinical experience can take place in accredited and non-accredited positions
  • the requirement for the usual rotations of medicine, surgery and emergency medical care are waived. The Board will accept clinical experience in any supervised rotations.

Health services that employ interns must continue to supervise them and provide them, as much as possible, with meaningful educational clinical experiences and teaching, as well as support during what will be a challenging and difficult time.

The Board recognises that much education is likely to be ‘on the job’ and that this pandemic will expose interns to unique clinical experiences.

For the purpose of granting general registration at the end of the intern year, the Board will accept a report from 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.

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 2020 to at least 40 weeks, from the standard 47 weeks, to allow for sick leave and isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has not reduced the length of the internship. 

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 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 2020 to continue their internship until the start of 2021, when they can apply for general registration. Interns who started their internship in late 2019 are required to continue their internship until late 2020.

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.

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) has advised that hospitals may roster interns to unaccredited rotations/terms/positions to deal with the impacts of COVID-19. Hospitals have been informed that regardless of the position, they must continue to supervise interns and provide them, as much as possible, with meaningful educational clinical experiences and teaching, as well as support during this challenging and difficult time.

Interns do not need to obtain approval from the Board if they are rostered to an unaccredited rotation/term. At the end of the intern year, the Board will receive information about rotations from the hospital. The Board will also receive a report from the Director of Medical Services, Director of Training or another person authorised to sign off intern reports to confirm whether they have performed satisfactorily during the intern year. The Board will decide whether to grant general registration based on this information. 

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 2020 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 27/10/2020