In order to obtain a work visa in Australia, a medical practitioner must first obtain initial or in principle approval of medical registration from the Medical Board of Australia, which is under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Prior to submitting a medical registration application to AHPRA, the Australian Medical Council (AMC) assesses international medical graduates (IMGs) who want to practise medicine in Australia. The assessment process follows one of three main pathways:
- Competent Authority Pathway
- Standard Pathway (AMC MCQ Examination)
- Specialist Pathway
More information regarding the AMC pathways is available via the following link: Assessment Pathways
The AMC also facilitates the process of Primary Source Verification of primary medical degrees of international medical graduates wishing to obtain medical registration.
Please note: The decision to grant medical registration rests entirely with AHPRA.
Typically, an International Medical Graduate wishing to work in Australia will also need to satisfy AHPRA’s English language proficiency requirements, see the English Language Policy.