Doctors with primary medical qualifications obtained in New Zealand are automatically granted general registration in Australia and are not required to undergo the AMC assessment, as NZ medical schools are accredited by the AMC.
While most New Zealand postgraduate qualifications are recognised in Australia, doctors with these qualifications are advised to seek confirmation from the AMC.
It is important to note that New Zealand citizens are able to enter and remain in Australia on a special form of temporary visa. For the purposes of the Act, New Zealand doctors are considered temporary resident doctors who usually require exemptions under section 19AB of the Act (see above) to provide services which would attract a Medicare benefit.
If New Zealand doctors obtain Australian citizenship, and their primary medical qualifications are from medical schools outside Australia, they are considered overseas-trained doctors (OTDs) for the purpose of access to Medicare benefits