Australian Medical Council (AMC)
The AMC assesses the knowledge, clinical skills and professional attributes of overseas qualified medical practitioners seeking registration to practice in Australia. It also assesses the case for recognition of medical specialties.
Australian Medical Council (AMC) Multi Choice Question Trial Examination
General practitioners (family physicians) or hospital non-specialist doctors who haven’t worked in Australia before can check their skill levels by taking the AMC Trial Exam online. It costs A$25, includes 50 multiple choice questions and the standard is set at the level of a graduating Australian medical student.
AMC Pathways information
The AMC’s assessment process follows one of four different pathways:
- Competent Authority Pathway
- Standard Pathway (AMC Examination)
- Standard Pathway (workplace-based assessment)
- Specialist Assessment Pathway (full comparability/Area of Need)
Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM): IMG Program
ACRRM has developed three assessment pathways for International Medical Graduates wishing to be registered in Australia.
- The Specialist Pathway (successful completion leads to registration in the relevant speciality).
- The Competent Authority (successful completion leads to general registration).
- The Standard Pathway (successful completion leads to general registration).
You need to demonstrate proficiency in English to a level determined by the Medical Board of Australia and approved by the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council.
See the English language skills registration standard (PDF, 324KB)
International English Language Testing System
IELTS tests are administered at accredited testing centres throughout the world. The IELTS website provides all the information you need to prepare and undertake an examination.
Occupational English Test
OET tests are administered by Language Australia, a unit of the Centre for Adult Education. Their website provides information on testing procedures, preparation for examinations, cost, test dates, and so on.
English language training
Sydney, New South WalesUniversity of New South Wales, Institute of Languages
Melbourne, VictoriaRoyal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Victoria University, Occupational English Test (OET) Preparation Course
Perth, Western AustraliaPerth Institute of Business and Technology
Hobart and Launceston, TasmaniaUniversity of Tasmania, English Language Centre
Robina, QueenslandBond University, English Language Institute
Online English programs:
Improve your English in a fun and interesting way with the ABC’s Learning English programs for a range of levels.
The Medical Board of Australia, supported by Boards in each State and Territory, registers all medical practitioners and medical students.
Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
AHPRA supports the 10 National Health Practitioner Boards in implementing the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.
AHPRA Registration Process
AHPRA Common Application Forms
Specialist Medical CollegesSpecialists 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.
Applications for specialist assessment must be sent to the Australian Medical Council which forwards the information on to the relevant Australian Specialist Medical College.
Australasian College for Emergency Medicine
Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
Royal Australasian College of Physicians (including the Paediatrics and Child Health Division)
Australasian College of Dermatologists
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia
Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine
Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand
Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators
Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine
Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)
Pre-employment structured clinical interview (PESCI)
The MBA and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency have agreed to implement PESCIs as a mandatory prerequisite for international medical graduates seeking registration in Australia to practice in any of the following roles:
- general practice
- all non-specialist positions in private hospital facilities
- senior medical officers
- medical officers (with or without right of private practice)
- medical superintendents (with or without right of private practice).