Updated on 23 Nov 2020
The AMC is the accreditation authority for the medical profession under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law as in force in each state and territory (the National Law). Accreditation standard, for a health profession, means a standard used to assess whether a program of study, and the education provider that provides the program of study, provide persons who complete the program with the knowledge, skills and professional attributes necessary to practise the profession in Australia.
The AMC develops accreditation standards for medical programs and their education providers. The Medical Board of Australia approves accreditation standards for the medical profession.
The AMC uses accreditation standards to assess medical programs for accreditation. The AMC also uses the standards in monitoring accredited programs and providers.
The AMC develops standards for all phases of medical training and education. The standards follow similar structure and formatting, but are customised to the requirements of the stage of training and education.
The AMC reviews the standards regularly. It takes account of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency’s Procedures for Development of Accreditation Standards, and the objectives and guiding principles in the National Law. The AMC also considers other relevant Australian standards (such as those for the other regulated health professions, and the Higher Education Threshold Standards) as well as international standards for medical education and training.
When it is reviewing standards, the AMC places notices about the phase of the review and consultations underway on this page.
International medical graduates (IMGs) whose medical qualifications are from a medical institution outside of Australia or New Zealand, and who are seeking registration to practise medicine in Australia, must provide evidence of eligibility to undertake one of the following assessment pathways:
Competent Authority Pathway
The process of assessment associated with the pathways assesses the knowledge and clinical skills of IMGs seeking to qualify for general or specialist registration in Australia.
This section provides important information for IMGs with basic medical qualifications and/or specialist qualifications who want to find out about the assessment pathways, including eligibility requirements, application processes, documentation requirements and methods of assessment.
The brief descriptions that follow are preliminary guides to assist you to determine which pathways you are most likely to be eligible to apply for, and how to apply. Where relevant, links to more detailed information are provided.
To help you clarify which pathway may be relevant to you, an initial self-assessment check is provided as a guide.
The Standard Pathway is for IMGs seeking general registration with the Board. You need to have a primary qualification in medicine and surgery awarded by a training institution recognised by the AMC to be eligible to apply to the AMC for assessment under this pathway.
The AMC assesses IMGs under the Standard Pathway as following:
Assessment is through the AMC CAT MCQ Examination and the AMC Clinical Examination or Workplace based assessment of clinical skills and knowledge by an AMC-accredited authority.
On successful completion of the assessment requirements of either of the alternatives described above, you will be issued with the AMC Certificate.
The AMC has no role in processing applications for registration or in granting registration, which is a function of the Board, the registration authority of Australia.
Competent Authority Pathway
The Competent Authority Pathway is intended for overseas-trained non-specialists, but it is also available to specialists, including general practitioners. It is a pathway to general registration and does not result directly in recognition or registration as a specialist in Australia.
IMGs who have completed the requirements of a Board-designated Competent Authority can apply to the Board for assessment under this pathway.
If you wish to be assessed through the Competent Authority Pathway, you should apply directly to the Board.
The Specialist Pathway is for applicants in one of the following categories:
Overseas-trained specialists applying for assessment of comparability to the standard of a Specialist trained in that specialty in Australia (specialist recognition)
Overseas-trained specialists applying for an area of need position in Australia (area of need)
Overseas-trained specialists or specialists-in-training wishing to undertake a short period of Specialist or advanced training in Australia (short-term training).
IMGs who have a primary qualification in medicine and surgery from a training institution awarded by a training institution recognised by the AMC, and who have satisfied all the training and examination requirements to practise in their field of specialty in their country of training can apply for assessment under this pathway (specialist recognition or area of need).
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|AMC candidate enquiries:||+61 2 6270 7878 (AEST Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm).|
|AMC Reception desk:||+61 2 6270 9777 (AEST Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm).|
|Fax:||+61 2 6270 9799|
|Mail:||PO Box 4810, Kingston ACT 2604.|