All doctors working in New South Wales must be registered with the Medical Board of Australia (MBA). There are different types of registration categories available that are determined by a registrants level of training, level of experience and where medical qualifications were obtained. Most doctors have general registration but there are specific categories for specialist, medical students, interns and international medical graduates (IMGs).

International medical graduates (IMGs)

International medical graduates (IMGs) are eligible for general registration if they have obtained the Australian Medical Council (AMC) certificate via either the AMC examination process (Standard Pathway) or the Competent Authority Pathway and undertaken a period of supervised training in accordance with the Medical Board of Australia's registration standard.

The Standard Pathway is for non-specialist IMGs seeking general registration in Australia who do not qualify for the Competent Authority Pathway. It has two pathways: Standard Pathway (AMC examinations) and Standard Pathway (workplace-based assessment). Hunter New England Local Health District in NSW is one of the AMC accredited workplace based assessment program providers.

An applicant is eligible to apply to the AMC as an overseas trained specialist under the Specialist Pathway if they can meet the eligibility criteria set out in the Applying to the Australian Medical Council Booklet. At the conclusion of the specialist assessment process, successful applicants will be eligible to present to the MBA for registration to practice as a specialist in the assessed specialty only.

IMGs not eligible for general or specialist registration are eligible to apply for limited registration with the MBA. To be eligible for limited registration IMGs must possess a primary degree in medicine and surgery from one of the medical schools listed in the current online version of the International Medical Education Directory (IMED) of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research or other AMC approved publication. An application for limited registration can only be made after the IMG has received an offer of employment.

For further information about registration processes and pathways refer to the Medical Board of Australia and the Australian Medical Council.

English language requirements

All IMGs must demonstrate that they have the necessary English language skills for registration purposes.

The Medical Board of Australia English language skills registration standard can be accessed at the Medical Board of Australia.

Current as at: Thursday 18 November 2021