Australia’s skilled migration programme offers several temporary and permanent residence visa options to overseas trained doctors who hold qualifications that are equivalent to Australian standards, as well as applicants who have completed their medical training in Australia on a student visa. Occupations in the medical profession that may be nominated for a skilled visa cover a broad range, including general practitioners to several areas of specialisation, including anaesthetists, specialist physicians and surgeons. 

A key component in determining eligibility for a skilled visa to Australia is based on whether an applicant’s occupation appears on a Skilled Occupation List (SOL) for the relevant skilled visa being considered. Each skilled visa subclass is subject to a specified SOL, which is compiled by identifying occupations that are currently experiencing skills shortages in various industries across Australia. Each SOL is continually monitored to ensure that they reflect current labour market conditions and are adjusted accordingly. It is therefore vital that prospective skilled visa applicants apply the correct and most up-to-date SOL in assessing their eligibility for a skilled visa. The changing nature of the SOL’s also means that an occupation that may be eligible for nomination today may not be so in the future. Eligible applicants might therefore consider applying for the relevant skilled visa as early as possible, to avoid the chance that they may no longer be eligible should their selected skilled occupation be removed from the SOL at a future date.

In this article, the second in our series which looks at the Australian visa options available to selected occupations, we turn our attention to medical practitioners. We identify the occupations that are eligible to be nominated for a skilled visa, how each one is classified and defined in Australia for migration purposes and the potential skilled visa options that may be available for each of these selected nominated occupations.

We also recommend that you refer to our first article in this series, where we provide an overview of the possible skilled visa options that may be available to prospective applicants, with links to further detailed information about each skilled visa subclass. We also cover the English language requirements that apply to skilled visas and raise some important points that prospective applicants should be aware of when embarking on this process.

Before we begin our analysis, it is important to point out that all medical practitioners require professional registration to both work in Australia and to qualify for grant of a skilled visa. The relevant registration authority for medical practitioners is the Medical Board of Australia. We provide further information about these registration process and requirements later in this article.

Additionally, under the Visas for GPs initiative which commenced on 11 March 2019, to qualify for a skilled visa, certain nominated occupations are required to obtain a Health Workforce Certificate (HWC) from a Rural Workforce Agency (RWA). A HWC is a letter issued by a RWA which confirms that there is a genuine need to fill a primary healthcare position at a given location in Australia by a doctor. See further details below where this is applicable.

Which medical occupations may qualify for an Australia skilled visa?

For migration law purposes, each nominated occupation is defined based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO). The ANZSCO occupational classification system provides a general description of each occupation, skill level, registration and/or licensing requirements and tasks and duties that may be required to be performed as part of each occupation.

As a starting point, we begin with an overview of the general Medical Practitioners ANZSCO category (referred to as minor group 253). This encapsulates all occupations contained in this grouping. 

ANZSCO General Description: Medical practitioners diagnose physical and mental illnesses, disorders and injuries, provide medical care to patients, and prescribe and perform medical and surgical treatments to promote and restore good health.

ANZSCO Skill level: Bachelor degree or higher qualification and one to two years hospital-based training. In some instances, at least five years specialist study and training is also required (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Tasks include:

  • examining patients to establish the nature of their complaints, and performing and ordering tests, X-rays and other diagnostic procedures
  • determining diagnosis based on examination and results of tests
  • selecting and administering appropriate treatments and therapies, and advising patients of further treatment options and preventative and therapeutic measures
  • prescribing, administering, preparing and dispensing medication and prosthetic and corrective devices
  • monitoring patients’ progress and response to treatment
  • recording patients’ illnesses, treatment given and patients’ responses and progress
  • advising on diet, exercise and other measures to prevent and aid treatment of diseases and disorders

The ANZSCO minor group 253 is next broken down into the following unit groups:

  • Unit Group 2531 General Practitioners and Resident Medical Officers
  • Unit Group 2532 Anaesthetists
  • Unit Group 2533 Specialist Physicians
  • Unit Group 2534 Psychiatrists
  • Unit Group 2535 Surgeons
  • Unit Group 2539 Other Medical Practitioners

Set out below are the specific medical practitioner occupations which may be nominated and therefore may qualify for an Australian skilled visa:

UNIT GROUP 2531 – GENERAL PRACTITIONERS AND RESIDENT MEDICAL OFFICERS

There are two occupations included in the General Practitioners and Resident Medical Officers ANZSCO group, with the following common elements:

ANZSCO General Description: diagnose and treat physical and mental illnesses, disorders and injuries, recommend preventative action and refer patients to specialist Medical Practitioners, other health care workers, and social, welfare and support workers.

ANZSCO Skill level: Occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification and at least one year of hospital-based training (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks include:

  • conducting examinations and questioning patients to determine the nature of disorders and illnesses, and recording patients’ medical information;
  • ordering laboratory tests, X-rays and other diagnostic procedures, and interpreting findings to assist in diagnosis;
  • providing overall care for patients, and prescribing and administering treatments, medications and other remedial measures;
  • monitoring patients’ progress and response to treatment;
  • advising on diet, exercise and other habits which aid prevention and treatment of disease and disorders;
  • referring patients to, and exchanging medical information with, specialist Medical Practitioners;
  • reporting births, deaths and notifiable diseases to government authorities; and
  • arranging the admission of patients to hospitals.

A description of each occupation in the General Practitioners and Resident Medical Officers ANZSCO group is listed below.

ANZSCO Occupation

ANZSCO code

ANZSCO Description

Skilled Occupation List

Skilled Visa options

253111

General Practitioner

Alternative Title:

General Medical Practitioner

Diagnoses, treats and prevents human physical and mental disorders and injuries.

MLTSSL

Skilled (Independent) subclass 189 visa

Skilled (State Sponsored) subclass 190 visa

Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (State or Territory Nominated)

Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (Family Sponsored)

Training subclass 407 visa

Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 visa*

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 visa

Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visa (Medium Term Stream)*

Temporary Graduate subclass 485 visa (Graduate Work Stream) **

253112

Resident Medical Officer

Diagnoses, treats and prevents human physical and mental disorders and injuries under the supervision of medical specialists or senior general practitioners.

STSOL

RSMS: ROL

Skilled (State Sponsored) subclass 190 visa

Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (State or Territory Nominated)

Training subclass 407 visa

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 visa

Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visa (Short Term Stream)*

* Subject to caveat: Health workforce certificate – Excludes positions where a current health workforce certificate for the position and the occupation has not been presented to the Department.

** Potential applicants may also qualify under the Post-Study Work Stream, which does not apply a Skilled Occupation List.

UNIT GROUP 2532 – ANAESTHETISTS

There is one occupation included in the Anaesthetists ANZSCO group, with the following elements:

ANZSCO General Description: provide direct medical care to patients requiring general or local anaesthesia for surgical, diagnostic and other procedures such as prevention of pain and maintenance of body function. Anaesthetic Registrars training as Anaesthetists are included in this unit group.

ANZSCO Skill level: Occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification, two years hospital-based training, and at least five years specialist study and training (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks include:

  • performing pre-operative examinations of patients to determine appropriate anaesthetic and sedation in concurrence with Internal Medicine Specialists and Surgeons;
  • discussing the anaesthetic process with patients and obtaining their informed consent prior to surgery;
  • administering local, regional and general anaesthetics using a variety of methods such as inhalational and intravenous administration;
  • supervising the transfer of patients to operating theatres, positioning on operating tables, keeping patients warm, and responding quickly and accurately if any problems arise;
  • monitoring patients throughout surgical procedures and in immediate post-operative procedures;
  • recording details of anaesthetic and sedation administered, and the condition of patients before, during and after anaesthesia;
  • liaising with other health care workers to provide diagnosis and treatment for patients with chronic pain, and to diagnose and treat patients requiring intensive care or resuscitation
  • may instruct medical, nursing, student and ancillary staff on the signs, symptoms; and diagnosis of allergic and anaphylactic reactions to anaesthetic agents, and supervision and treatment of life-threatening emergencies.

Skilled Occupation List: Regional Occupation List (ROL)

Skilled Visa options:

  • Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (State or Territory Nominated)
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 visa
  • Training subclass 407 visa
  • Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visa (Medium Term Stream)

* Subject to caveat: Regional only. Excludes positions that are not located in regional Australia.

A description of the occupation in the Anaesthetists ANZSCO group is listed below.

ANZSCO Occupation

ANZSCO code

ANZSCO Description

Anaesthetist

253211

Provides direct medical care to patients requiring general or local anaesthesia for surgical, diagnostic and other procedures such as prevention of pain and maintenance of body function.

UNIT GROUP 2533 – SPECIALIST PHYSICIANS

The Specialist Physicians ANZSCO group covers several occupations, all of which share the following common elements:

ANZSCO General Description: diagnose and treat internal human disorders and diseases using specialist testing, diagnostic and medical techniques. Medical Registrars training as Internal Medicine Specialists are included in this unit group.

ANZSCO Skill level: Occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification, two years hospital-based training, and at least five years specialist study and training (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks include:

  • examining patients to determine the nature and extent of problems after referral from General Medical Practitioners and other medical specialists, and undertaking laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures;
  • analysing test results and other medical information to make diagnoses;
  • prescribing and administering drugs, and remedial and therapeutic treatment and procedures;
  • recording medical information and data;
  • reporting specified contagious and notifiable diseases to government health and immigration authorities;
  • may admit or refer patients to hospitals; and
  • may consult other medical specialists.

Skilled Occupation List: Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

Skilled Visa options:

  • Skilled (Independent) subclass 189 visa
  • Skilled (State Sponsored) subclass 190 visa
  • Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (State or Territory Nominated)
  • Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (Family Sponsored)
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 visa
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 visa
  • Training subclass 407 visa
  • Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visa (Medium Term Stream)
  • Temporary Graduate subclass 485 visa (Graduate Work Stream)*

* Potential applicants may also qualify under the Post-Study Work Stream, which does not apply a Skilled Occupation List.

A description of each occupation in the Specialist Physicians ANZSCO group is listed below.

ANZSCO Occupation

ANZSCO code

ANZSCO Description

Specialist Physician (General Medicine)

253311

Investigates and diagnoses internal human disorders and diseases and administers treatment.

Cardiologist

253312

Investigates, diagnoses and treats diseases of the human heart.

Clinical Haematologist

253313

Investigates and diagnoses blood and other genetic disorders by studying cellular composition of blood and blood-producing tissues.

Clinical Oncologist

253314

Manages and treats patients with cancer and tumours.

Endocrinologist

253315

Investigates, diagnoses and treats disorders of the human glandular and hormonal systems.

Gastroenterologist

253316

Investigates, diagnoses and treats diseases and disorders of the human liver, stomach and associated organs.

Intensive Care Specialist

Alternative Titles:

Intensive Care Medicine Specialist Intensivist

253317

Investigates, diagnoses and treats patients in need of intensive and critical care.

Neurologist

253318

Investigates, diagnoses and treats diseases and injuries of the human brain, spinal cord, nervous system and muscle tissue.

Paediatrician

253321

Investigates, diagnoses and treats internal diseases and disorders in children from birth up to, and including, adolescence.

Renal Medicine Specialist

Alternative Titles:

Nephrologist

Renal Medicine Physician

253322

Investigates, diagnoses and treats disorders of the human kidney.

Rheumatologist

253323

Investigates, diagnoses and treats diseases, injuries and deficiencies of human joints, muscles and soft tissue.

Thoracic Medicine Specialist

Alternative Titles:

Respiratory Medicine Physician

Thoracic Medicine Physician

253324

Investigates, diagnoses and treats diseases and disorders of the human respiratory system.

Specialist Physicians nec

253399

This occupation group covers Specialist Physicians not elsewhere classified.

* Occupations in this group include:

  • Clinical Allergist
  • Clinical Geneticist
  • Clinical Immunologist
  • Clinical Pharmacologist
  • Geriatrician
  • Infectious Diseases Physician
  • Musculoskeletal Physician (NZ)
  • Occupational Medicine Physician
  • Palliative Medicine Physician
  • Public Health Physician
  • Rehabilitation Medicine Physician
  • Sexual Health Physician
  • Sleep Medicine Physician

UNIT GROUP 2534 – PSYCHIATRISTS

There is one occupation included in the Psychiatrists ANZSCO group, with the following elements:

ANZSCO General Description: diagnose, assess, treat and prevent human mental, emotional and behavioural disorders. Psychiatric Registrars training as Psychiatrists are included in this unit group.

ANZSCO Skill level: Occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification, two years hospital-based training, and at least five years specialist study and training (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks include:

  • assessing patients’ mental and physical status to determine the nature and extent of mental, emotional and behavioural disorders;
  • assessing patients’ medical, psychiatric and psychological histories;
  • examining patients to determine general physical condition;
  • ordering laboratory tests, imaging, neuropsychological tests and other diagnostic procedures;
  • examining the results of tests and examinations to determine the most appropriate forms of treatment;
  • prescribing and administering medication, psychotherapy, and other physical treatments and rehabilitation programs;
  • arranging admission to hospitals and providing in-patient treatment;
  • consulting, supervising and working with other Medical Practitioners and Health Professionals;
  • determining whether patients require involuntary treatment in accordance with relevant mental health acts;
  • assisting courts and other statutory bodies in managing patients in legal and forensic settings; and
  • teaching medical students and registrars, and assessing their progress by administering tests.

Skilled Occupation List: Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

Skilled Visa options:

  • Skilled (Independent) subclass 189 visa
  • Skilled (State Sponsored) subclass 190 visa
  • Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (State or Territory Nominated)
  • Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (Family Sponsored)
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 visa
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 visa
  • Training subclass 407 visa
  • Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visa (Medium Term Stream)
  • Temporary Graduate subclass 485 visa (Graduate Work Stream)*

* Potential applicants may also qualify under the Post-Study Work Stream, which does not apply a Skilled Occupation List.

A description of the occupation in the Psychiatrists ANZSCO group is listed below.

ANZSCO Occupation

ANZSCO code

ANZSCO Description

Psychiatrist

253411

Diagnoses, assesses, treats and prevents human mental, emotional and behavioural disorders.

UNIT GROUP 2535 – SURGEONS

The Surgeons ANZSCO group covers several occupations, all of which share the following common elements:

ANZSCO General Description: perform surgery to correct deformities, repair injuries, prevent and treat diseases, and improve human functioning and appearance. Medical Registrars training as Surgeons are included in this unit group.

ANZSCO Skill level: Occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification, two years hospital-based training, and at least five years specialist study and training (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks include:

  • examining patients to determine the necessity of operations, estimating and explaining risks to patients, and selecting the best operational procedures;
  • reviewing reports on patients’ general physical condition, reactions to medications and medical histories;
  • consulting with Anaesthetists regarding the correct anaesthesia for patients;
  • performing surgical operations;
  • examining instruments, equipment, and surgical set-up to ensure that antiseptic and aseptic methods have been followed;
  • instructing other medical, nursing and associated staff regarding the preparation of patients and instrument and equipment requirements;
  • prescribing post-operative care, and observing and investigating patients’ progress
  • maintaining records of operations performed; and
  • may specialise in particular types of operations.

Skilled Occupation List: Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

Skilled Visa options:

  • Skilled (Independent) subclass 189 visa
  • Skilled (State Sponsored) subclass 190 visa
  • Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (State or Territory Nominated)
  • Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (Family Sponsored)
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 visa
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 visa
  • Training subclass 407 visa
  • Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visa (Medium Term Stream)
  • Temporary Graduate subclass 485 visa (Graduate Work Stream)*

* Potential applicants may also qualify under the Post-Study Work Stream, which does not apply a Skilled Occupation List.

A description of each occupation in the Surgeons ANZSCO group is listed below.

ANZSCO Occupation

ANZSCO code

ANZSCO Description

Surgeon (General)

253511

Performs surgery to correct diseases and disorders covering a broad range of medical conditions.

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

253512

Performs heart and lung surgery.

Neurosurgeon

253513

Performs surgery to correct disorders of the brain, spine and nervous system.

Orthopaedic Surgeon

253514

Performs surgery to treat muscular and skeletal diseases and injuries.

Otorhinolaryngologist

Alternative Titles:

Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist

Head and Neck Surgeon

253515

Performs surgery to correct diseases and disorders of the ear, nose and throat.

Paediatric Surgeon

253516

Provides surgical care and treatment to children from birth up to, and including, adolescence.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

253517

Performs surgery to repair and reconstruct muscle and tissue injuries and congenital deformities.

Urologist

253518

Provides medical and surgical treatment to patients with disorders of the kidney, urinary bladder and urethra, and treats disorders of the male sex organs.

Vascular Surgeon

253521

Performs surgery to treat patients with conditions affecting their arteries and veins.

UNIT GROUP 2539 – OTHER MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS

The Other Medical Practitioners ANZSCO group covers several occupations, all of which share the following common elements:

ANZSCO General Description: This unit group covers Medical Practitioners not elsewhere classified.

It includes Dermatologists, Emergency Medicine Specialists, Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Ophthalmologists, Pathologists, Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologists, and Radiation Oncologists. Medical Registrars training in these specialties are included in this unit group.

ANZSCO Skill level: Occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification, two years hospital-based training, and at least five years specialist study and training (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks: There is no list of tasks for this occupational group listed in ANZSCO.

Skilled Occupation List: Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

Skilled Visa options:

  • Skilled (Independent) subclass 189 visa
  • Skilled (State Sponsored) subclass 190 visa
  • Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (State or Territory Nominated)
  • Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (Family Sponsored)
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 visa*
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 visa*
  • Training subclass 407 visa
  • Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visa (Medium Term Stream)*
  • Temporary Graduate subclass 485 visa (Graduate Work Stream)**

* Applicable only to ANZSCO Occupation 253999 Medical Practitioners nec – Subject to caveat: Health workforce certificate – Excludes positions where a current health workforce certificate for the position and the occupation has not been presented to the Department.

** Potential applicants may also qualify under the Post-Study Work Stream, which does not apply a Skilled Occupation List.

A description of each occupation in the Other Medical Practitioners ANZSCO group is listed below.

ANZSCO Occupation

ANZSCO code

ANZSCO Description

Dermatologist

253911

Provides diagnostic, treatment and preventative medical services related to disorders of the human skin.

Emergency Medicine Specialist

Alternative Title:

Emergency Physician

253912

Provides diagnostic medical services and manages patients with acute and urgent illness and injury. Registration or licensing is required.

Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

253913

Provides diagnostic, treatment and preventative medical and surgical services related to the care of women, foetuses and children during pregnancy and childbirth, and to disorders of the female genital, urinary, rectal and reproductive organs.

Ophthalmologist

Alternative Titles:

Eye Specialist

Eye Surgeon

253914

Provides diagnostic, treatment and preventative medical services related to diseases, injuries and deficiencies of the human eye and associated structures.

Pathologist

253915

Identifies the cause and processes of disease and illness by examining changes in body tissue and in blood and other body fluids, and conducts tests on samples of tissues, blood and body secretions.

Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist

253917

Provides diagnostic and treatment medical services, and monitors patients with various diseases utilising imaging techniques such as general radiography, angiography, fluoroscopy, mammography, ultrasound, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine and bone densitometry.

Radiation Oncologist

253918

Provides medical care and management of patients with cancer and other medical conditions through the conduct and supervision of radiation treatment; and advice on the provision of palliative and other supportive care of patients with cancer.

Medical Practitioners Nec*

253999

This occupation group covers Medical Practitioners not elsewhere classified.

* Occupations in this group include:

  • Nuclear Medicine Physician
  • Sports Physician

Skill Assessments and registration of medical practitioners

The Medical Board of Australia (MedBA) is responsible for the registration of medical practitioners in Australia. It is also the prescribed skills assessing body for migration purposes. The MedBA undertakes this role together with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and several National Boards.

To satisfy the skills assessment requirements for the purposes of a skilled visa application, applicants need to provide evidence that they hold full registration to practice as a medical practitioner in Australia. The Department of Home Affairs (the Department) accepts the following certificates as issued by AHPRA to evidence full registration:

  • full/unconditional/general medical registration; and
  • conditional specialist registration — this registration allows applicants to practise only in a particular speciality, with no further training or supervision requirements.

The process for obtaining registration will vary, depending on where applicants obtained their medical qualifications. 

International medical graduates

Applicants who obtained their medical qualifications outside Australia or New Zealand are assessed under one of three assessment pathways (which involve assessing both knowledge and clinical skills):

Competent Authority pathway

This pathway is for overseas-trained specialists and non-specialists (including general practitioners) to obtain general registration. Applicants who have passed recognised examinations or who have completed training through a Board approved competent authority, can apply for assessment under this pathway. Applicants using this pathway need to first apply directly to the MedBA for provisional registration. They may then be eligible to apply for general registration after completing 12 months (a minimum of 47 weeks of full-time service) of satisfactory supervised practice in a hospital-based or general practice position in Australia.

Standard pathway

This pathway is for international medical graduates who are seeking general registration and who are not eligible to apply under either the Competent Authority or Specialist pathways. To be eligible, applicants must have a primary qualification in medicine and surgery awarded by a training institution which is recognised by both the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and the World Directory of Medical Schools (WDOMS). Applicants are required to complete a written examination (CAT MCQ) and structured clinical examination of the AMC or an approved workplace-based assessment program before they can apply for registration. Applications under the Standard pathway are to be made directly to the AMC.

Specialist pathway

This pathway is for overseas-trained specialists applying for assessment of comparability to the standard of a specialist trained in that specialty in Australia (specialist recognition). It is also for overseas-trained specialists applying for an area of need specialist level position in Australia.

International medical graduates who have a primary qualification in medicine and surgery which is awarded by a training institution recognised by both the AMC and the WDOMS and who have fulfilled 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. Applicants need to apply directly to the relevant specialist medical college for assessment.

Australian and New Zealand medical graduates with overseas specialist medical qualifications

Australian and New Zealand medical graduates who have overseas specialist medical qualifications may apply for specialist registration in Australia. To be eligible for specialist registration, applicants must be admitted as a Fellow of an AMC accredited specialist medical college or be advised by the college that they have passed all the requirements for the approved qualification.

Australian and New Zealand medical graduates

Applicants may apply for registration upon completion of their intern training. Registration requirements that apply will depend on where their medical internship was completed.

For those who have completed an accredited internship in Australia or New Zealand, no additional supervised practise is required to become eligible for general registration.

Applicants who have completed a medical internship in another country must satisfactorily complete 12 months (47 weeks full-time equivalent) of approved supervised practice in Australia before being eligible for general registration.

Registration Standards

All applicants must satisfy several prescribed standards to obtain registration in Australia. These cover continuing professional development, criminal history, English language skills, recency of practice (employment) and professional indemnity insurance arrangements.

Australia’s migrations laws are complex, and each case is different. There are also several terms which are defined in the migration provisions (and whose meanings may differ from their ordinary usage). We recommend that you seek professional advice if you are seeking to apply for a skilled visa to Australia, as being fully informed about the process and requirements that apply will give you the best chance of achieving a successful outcome on your application, and thus lessen the chance that it will be refused. A migration professional can help you to do this.

For up to date advice on the Australian visa options for medical practitioners, book your confidential consultation with a migration agent in Adelaide. PAX Migration Australia is a leading immigration advice service based in Adelaide.

References/Links:

Medical Board of Australia (MedBA)

https://www.medicalboard.gov.au/

MedBA – Assessment pathways to registration for international medical graduates

https://www.medicalboard.gov.au/Registration/International-Medical-Graduates.aspx

MedBA – Assessment pathways to registration for international medical graduates – the Competent Authority pathway

https://www.medicalboard.gov.au/Registration/International-Medical-Graduates/Competent-Authority-Pathway.aspx

MedBA – Assessment pathways to registration for international medical graduates – the Standard Authority pathway

https://www.medicalboard.gov.au/Registration/International-Medical-Graduates/Standard-Pathway.aspx

MedBA – Assessment pathways to registration for international medical graduates – the Specialist pathway

https://www.medicalboard.gov.au/Registration/International-Medical-Graduates/Specialist-Pathway.aspx

MedBA – Registration of international medical graduates in the competent authority pathway

https://www.medicalboard.gov.au/Registration/Types/General-Registration/imgs-competent-authority-pathway.aspx

MedBA – Registration of international medical graduates with the Australian Medical Council certificate

https://www.medicalboard.gov.au/Registration/Types/General-Registration/imgs-with-AMC.aspx

MedBA – Registration of Australian and NZ medical graduates with overseas specialist qualifications

https://www.medicalboard.gov.au/Registration/International-Medical-Graduates/medical-graduate-with-overseas.aspx

MedBA – Registration of Australian and New Zealand medical graduates

https://www.medicalboard.gov.au/Registration/Types/General-Registration/Australian-and-NZ-medical-graduates.aspx

MedBA – Registration Standards

https://www.medicalboard.gov.au/Registration-Standards.aspx

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

https://www.ahpra.gov.au/

AHPRA – National Boards

https://www.ahpra.gov.au/National-Boards.aspx

Australian Medical Council (AMC)

https://www.amc.org.au/

Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO)

https://www.abs.gov.au/ANZSCO

ANZSCO Minor Group 253 – Medical Practitioners

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ANZSCO Unit Group 2532 – Anaesthetists

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ANZSCO Unit Group 2533 – Specialist Physicians

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ANZSCO Unit Group 2534 – Psychiatrists

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ANZSCO Unit Group 2535 – Surgeons

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