The standard pathway is for international medical graduates (IMGs) seeking general registration in Australia. IMGs who successfully complete all components of the Australian Medical Council examinations Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) MCQ and structured clinical examination or approved workplace based assessment program in lieu of the clinical examination) are awarded the Australian Medical Council (AMC) certificate.
AMC certificate holders must apply for provisional registration so they can complete a period of approved supervised practice to become eligible for general registration.
Alternatively, IMGs who have successfully completed the AMC CAT MCQ exam can apply for limited registration postgraduate training or supervised practise or limited registration for area of need and can undertake some or all of the required supervised practice while holding limited registration. However, they will not be qualified for general registration until they have been awarded the AMC certificate.
The Board has an approved registration standard Granting general registration to medical practitioners who hold an Australian Medical Council certificate that defines what you must do during your period of provisional registration (or limited registration) to become eligible for general registration.
Learn more about the standard pathway.
Application forms for provisional registration are accessible on the forms page.
The Board will confirm that the position has been accredited as an intern position.
NOTE: You are strongly advised to complete an internship or comparable in your country of graduation before you apply for registration in Australia as priority for accredited medical internship positions in Australia is given to Australian graduates. International medical graduates are likely to find these positions are very difficult to obtain.
If you have previously been, or are currently registered in a health profession in Australia under the National Scheme and have therefore provided information to a Board previously, some of the documentation requirements for registration may be waived. In most cases, the application forms indicate whether a requirement or document is waived.
All documents submitted to support an application for registration must comply with the requirements for certifying and translating documents.
You may be required to submit additional information in support of your application for provisional registration to help the Board determine whether you are suitable for provisional registration.
During the registration period, you must:
If you do not maintain your employment in the position for which provisional registration was granted, you are unable to comply with the requirements on your practice and therefore cannot practise medicine until the Board grants approval for a new position.
When you apply to renew your provisional registration, you must:
If you wish to change the circumstances under which your registration was granted, you must apply to the Board for approval of any proposed changes. For example, if you want to work in a new position, want to change or add work sites to your existing position, change supervisors or change supervision levels, you must complete the Request for change in circumstances for international medical graduates with limited or provisional registration form (ACCL-30) for the Board’s consideration.