In Australia, uniform minimum requirements for initial registration as a
medical practitioner have been adopted by all States and Territories.
There are two standard registration categories:
Without Conditions (Fully portable across states and territories)
This is available to:
- Graduates of Australian or New Zealand Medical Schools which have
been accredited by the AMC and who have completed an approved period
of intern training as determined by the relevant Medical Board.
- Persons holding primary medical qualifications obtained overseas,
who have passed the AMC
examination and have completed a period of approved supervised
training, as determined by the relevant Medical Board.
- Under the terms of mutual recognition, a medical practitioner who
has full or unconditional registration in one State or Territory is
eligible for registration to practice in another State or Territory.
With Conditions (Portability subject to approval of the medical board)
An applicant who is not eligible for unconditional registration may
be considered for Registration with Conditions in one of the following
- Postgraduate Training
- Supervised Training
- Teaching or Research
- Public Interest/Areas of Need
- Conditional (disciplinary or health conditions)
- Overseas Trained Specialist (following assessment by the relevant
For both categories applicants must satisfy a Medical Board that
- have an adequate command of English for the practice of medicine
- are of good fame and character
- have the physical and mental competence to practice medicine.
Overseas Trained doctors ( OTD)
Doctors trained in medical schools that have not been formally
reviewed and accredited by the AMC normally need to pass the AMC
Examinations (AMCE) before they can be registered with the Medical
There are provisions for exemption from this examination, applicable
only to few selected candidates, which may include:
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Overseas Trained Specialists
Specialist training and practice in Australia generally follows the
model of postgraduate advanced clinical training and examination
development in the United Kingdom.
The programs of training and examinations and the standards of
performance to be achieved by Australian applicants are set and
administered individually by recognised national Specialist Medical
The Australian Health Ministers have agreed that a doctor who does
not possess a primary qualification recognised for registration without
conditions in Australia may be registered to practice in that specialty
only, subject to being assessed by the relevant medical college as being
comparable to the standard required of an Australian trained specialist.
The Australian Medical Council provides a mechanism for overseas
trained specialists to establish their eligibility to apply for
registration to practice in a recognised specialty without the need to
undertake the AMC examination.
Applicants are assessed on the basis of their specialist training and
experience compared with the training and examination of the relevant
College as applied to Australian applicants, and to the standard
required for admission to fellowship of that College.