Skills recognition

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).

English language proficiency

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

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

Many educational institutions in Australia offer preparatory courses for the IELT and OET exams, for example:

Sydney, New South Wales

University of New South Wales, Institute of Languages

Melbourne, Victoria

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
versity, Occupational English Test (OET) Preparation Course

Perth, Western Australia

Perth Institute of Business and Technology

Hobart and Launceston, Tasmania

University of Tasmania, English Language Centre

Robina, Queensland

Bond University, English Language Institute

Online English programs:

Learning English
Improve your English in a fun and interesting way with the ABC’s Learning English programs for a range of levels.


Medical Board of Australia
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

Specialists skills assessment

Pre-employment structured clinical interview (PESCI)

The PESCI is an assessment of your clinical experience, knowledge, skills and attributes by an assessment body authorised by the Medical Board of Australia (MBA). The assessment process consists of a structured interview, referee checks and a fee.

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).
Your PESCI will be arranged by your prospective employer.