The competent authority pathway is for international medical graduates (IMGs) who are non-specialists or specialists and who are seeking general registration.
IMGs who meet the criteria of one of the competent authority categories must apply for provisional registration so that they can complete a period of approved supervised practise to become eligible for general registration.
Learn more about the competent authority pathway.
All application forms for provisional registration are available on the forms page.
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.
IMGs who are on the specialist pathway who are participating in hospital based, college supervised exam preparation and/or fellowship exams, outside their approved registration location(s), do not need Board approval of the additional locations, provided the IMG has no patient care responsibilities and they do not interfere with or intervene in the management of any patients. IMGs will need to seek the approval of the hospital to participate in these activities.