First steps

This is a simple summary of the process you need to follow to work as a general practitioner in Australia.

There are many intersecting requirements and regulations behind each step. We recommend you contact the Rural Workforce Agency (RWA) in your State or territory to talk with an experienced person who will help you through the process.This is a free, Government funded service.

Rural Workforce Agencies

STEP

1

Skills recognition Visit the AMC website to:
  • Identify a registration pathway - Competent Authority, Standard or Specialist
  • Verify your medical qualifications through Primary Source Verification
  • Meet the English language requirements
STEP

2

You already have a job offer

Apply to the AHPRA in the relevant State or territory for registration. (This may include a PESCI to assess your clinical suitability for the job)

You don't have a job offer yet

Contact a recruitment agency or RWA to find a job
STEP

3

Apply to DIAC for a visa Accept a job offer from a practice
STEP

4

Relocate Apply to the AHPRA in the relevant State or territory for registration. (This may include a PESCI to assess your clinical suitability for the job)
STEP

5

  Apply to DIAC for a visa
STEP

6

  Relocate

Legend

  • RWA – Rural Workforce Agency
  • AHPRA – Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
  • AMC – Australian Medical Council
  • MBA – Medical Board of Australia
  • PESCI – Pre-Employment Structured Clinical Interview
  • DIAC – Department of Immigration and Citizenship

Note: If any step is unsuccessful you need to start the process again.