Why do I need to register?
You cannot work with patients in Australia if you’re not registered with the Medical Board of Australia.
The Medical Board of Australia regulates the medical profession.
Types of medical registration
There are 4 different types of medical registration. Your eligibility depends on your level of training and experience:
The Medical Board of Australia has details on registration types and how to apply for them
Getting your skills assessed before registering
The Medical Board of Australia needs evidence that you’re eligible for registration. Before the Medical Board of Australia will consider your application for registration, you need to have your skills assessed.
The Australian Medical Council can guide you on skills assessments.
Applying for medical registration
You must find and secure a job before you can apply for medical registration.
After you have had your skills assessed, you will continue the pathway to registration. There are 3 pathways for International Medical Graduates:
- Competent Authority pathway: usually for non-specialists, but also available to specialists with qualifications from the UK, Ireland, US , NZ and Canada
- Specialist pathway: for specialists seeking specialist recognition or applying for an Area of Need specialist level position
- Standard pathway: for doctors not eligible for the Competent Authority or Specialist pathways
Check which pathway you’re eligible for with the Medical Board of Australia.
Once you’re on a registration pathway, you can apply for a visa.
The Medical Board of Australia will assess and may approve you for one of the registration pathways.
Before you will be granted registration, you will need to:
- meet the mandatory registration standards for your registration type
- complete the Pre-Employment Structured Clinical Interview if you are planning to work as a GP and don't yet have a specialist GP qualification
After you have met the requirements, you can apply for registration.
Be aware that there are fees for the Pre-Employment Structured Clinical Interview and registration.