Assessment process for OTDs

English language requirements

OTDs must meet the English language requirements of the Australian Medical Council.

English language proficiency


The OTD must obtain medical registration through the Medical Board of Australia. It’s your responsibility to ensure that the applicant is likely to meet the requirements for registration and is suitable for the position. This applies even if you use a medical recruitment agency to pre-qualify applicants.

Specialists (including general practice specialists) need to be assessed by the relevant Australian Specialist Medical College before the Medical Board of Australia will register them for practice in their field of specialisation.

Skills recognition

Specialist recognition

An overseas trained specialist must have specialist recognition from Medicare Australia if they want to be eligible for Medicare rebates at the higher specialist or consultant physician rates.