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Overseas Trained?

International Medical Graduates

Working as a Doctor in Australia

Work where you want! As a national recruitment and placement locum agency, we can place you anywhere in Australia as long as you meet the criteria.

You will need to meet immigration, visa and medical registration requirements. There are several pathways for OTD's to meet these requirements which can be checked on the Australian Government’s Dept of Health & Ageing website - www.doctorconnect.gov.au

Before applying with Australian Medical Placements, please ensure that you have read and understood the requirements. Otherwise, we are not able to help you.

In most cases, an Overseas Trained Doctor looking to work in Australia is required to meet the basic requirements listed below:


Satisfy Australian Medical Council (AMC) English language proficiency requirements.


General Practitioners (GPs/family physicians) must pass both the theory & clinical components of the AMC.


Hospital Doctors (non-specialists) must meet the specific registration requirements of the Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Specialists must apply to the relevant Specialist Medical College for recognition as a specialist through the AMC.


Apply for a visa and pass all necessary police & medical checks.


Identify an appropriate job. (Usually required to be an Area of Need position).


Apply with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) for medical registration.


Obtain medical indemnity cover in Australia.

Further explanation and clarification on these requirements can be found on www.doctorconnect.gov.au

Overseas Trained Doctors—GP's

You may be eligible for full or limited medical registration in Australia. We will be able to advise you of which type of registration will be most applicable and useful to you.

Doctors eligible for full medical registration are:


OTDs who have passed the AMC examination and have completed a period of supervised training in Australia approved by Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) where the doctor has also met the English proficiency requirements; or


Doctors who hold any of the following qualifications may be eligible for the FRACGP without further training or formal examination of time requirements; Doctors with MRCGP and (JCPTGP) UK; or


Doctors who hold CFPC; or


Doctors with FRNZGP

If you hold one of these qualifications you may be able to obtain medical registration to work independently in general practice. It is important to check with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) first. We can advise you on these requirements.

Overseas Trained Doctors - Hospital Positions

The public hospital system in Australia is excellent and provides many opportunities for overseas trained doctors (OTDs) wishing to work in Australia - particularly for those OTDs not yet able to gain full medical registration or recognition of their qualifications as a general practitioner (GP/family physician) or specialist.

There are also many opportunities for those who wish to work in Australia temporarily or who are seeking a postgraduate (occupational) training position. We have many positions available for doctors who meet the OTD requirements as detailed on the Australian Government website www.doctorconnect.gov.au

For more info on Clinical Pathways, please visit the RACGP (The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners) website http://www.racgp.org.au/