Specialists

Overseas Trained Doctors (OTDs) (referred to as international medical graduates by the Medical Board of Australia) seeking recognition as a specialist need to be assessed by the relevant Australian Medical Council (AMC) accredited Australian/Australasian specialist medical college before the MBA will consider granting specialist registration.

Applications for specialist assessment are submitted directly to the relevant Australian/Australasian specialist medical college.

The process for applying for specialist assessment is outlined on the Medical Board of Australia (MBA)’s website.

Prevocational positions

If you have not been recognised by an AMC accredited Australian/Australasian specialist medical college, you may still be eligible for registration with the MBA to practise in Australia. In order to determine your eligibility for registration via a recognised registration pathway, visit the MBA website.

MBA List of specialties, fields and related titles

Specialist Medical Colleges

Private practice

Specialists who work in Australian public hospitals are usually paid a salary by the government. They may also have the right to private practice, which allows them to treat private patients as part of their own practice.


A specialist OTD wishing to work in private practice must first obtain:

  • medical registration in their specialty; and
  • a Medicare provider number to allow delivery of services attracting a Medicare benefit. (Patients will expect to be able to access Medicare benefits.)

In most cases, specialists treat patients who’ve been referred to them by another doctor, usually a general practitioner. Referral by another doctor is one of the requirements for specialist services to attract Medicare benefits at a specialist rate.

Medicare provider number application form

Fellowship with a Specialist Medical College

In order to be eligible for specialist registration with the MBA, OTDs are required to hold fellowship of an AMC accredited Australian/Australasian specialist medical college or to have confirmation that they have been assessed by the accredited college and have successfully completed the college’s requirements for an approved qualification.

As part of the assessment process/outcome, OTDs will be advised by the college whether they are eligible for fellowship.