What are the minimum requirements?
To work as a doctor in Australia, you must have:
- a recognised medical degree
- a job offer
- your skills assessed and be on a registration pathway
- English proficiency
- a visa to work in Australia or permanent residency
- 2 years' experience as a medical practitioner
Recognised medical degrees
Your primary medical qualification must come from a school that is recognised by both the:
This applies even if you were a permanent resident or citizen of Australia or New Zealand when you enrolled.
Securing a job
You must receive a job offer before you can apply for registration or a visa.
In Australia, you can find and secure a job as a:
Skills assessment and registration
The Australian Medical Council will assess your skills as part of your application for registration.
English language skills
To be eligible to apply for registration, you will need to demonstrate a certain standard of English language skills.
This standard applies to everyone working in the medical profession in Australia.
Getting a visa
You will need to get a visa to work in Australia.
After you have had your skills assessed and secured a job, you can apply for a visa.
Who can help me?
Contact a Rural Workforce Agency for help with finding work.
The Medical Board of Australia can help you with medical registration and skills assessments.
The Department of Home Affairs has information about immigration and citizenship.