The Specialist pathway is for the following international medical graduates (IMGs):
IMGs who have a primary qualification in medicine and surgery awarded by a training institution recognised by both the Australian Medical Council and the World Directory of Medical Schools (WDOMS) and who have satisfied all the training and examination requirements to practise in their field of specialty in their country of training, can apply for assessment under this pathway (specialist recognition or area of need).
If you currently hold, or previously held, general registration you are not eligible to apply for the specialist pathway. You can complete the requirements for specialist registration while holding general registration, through a separate process. You are not eligible to apply for limited or provisional registration to complete the specialist recognition process.
Before applying for the Specialist pathway, IMGs must apply to the Australian Medical Council (AMC) for primary source verification of their qualifications.
The AMC verify qualifications through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC).
Further information is available on the AMC website.
There are two pathways within the Specialist pathway:
Specialist pathway - specialist recognition:
Learn more about the Specialist pathway - specialist recognition
Specialist pathway - area of need:
Learn more about the Specialist pathway - area of need
IMGs apply directly to the specialist medical college for the Specialist pathway.
Application forms for the Specialist pathway - specialist recognition and Specialist pathway - area of need are available on the relevant college website. A list of the college websites is available below:
Process for applying for Specialist pathway (specialist recognition or area of need or both):
Apply to the AMC for primary source verification
Apply to the relevant specialist medical college for assessment
Complete your application form
Review your application before you submit
Incomplete applications will result in delays to your assessment and may incur a fee
Submit your application to the college
College confirms receipt of your application
College sends you the assessment outcome
Download a PDF of How to apply for the Specialist pathway (specialist recognition or area of need or both) (212 KB,PDF)
The outcome of a specialist medical college’s assessment of the IMG’s application for the Specialist pathway will determine the type of registration the IMG may apply for with the Board. The Board makes the final decision on whether to grant registration.
An IMG who qualifies for provisional/general registration, via the Competent Authority Pathway, is not eligible to apply for limited registration. They must apply for provisional registration.
Registration types for IMGs on the Specialist pathway:
IMGs with limited or provisional registration must work under supervision. Further information about supervision is available on the Supervision page.
In addition, all IMGs are required to comply with the Board’s registration standards.
The list of specialties that have been approved by the Ministerial Council is available: Specialties and specialty fields.
All applicants for medical registration who qualify for the competent authority pathway and lodge their applications after 1 July 2014 are deemed to be qualified for general registration from 1 July 2014.
The decision does not take effect from 1 July 2014 for medical practitioners who hold limited registration or whose application for limited registration has been received by the Board and are qualified for the competent authority pathway as at 30 June 2014. This cohort will be deemed to be qualified for general registration: