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Immigration & Registration – Your Pathway to work in Australia as a doctor

Are you thinking of making the move to work in Australia as a General Practitioner (or Family Physician)? Before making any travel arrangements there are two things that you will require:

  1. Medical registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and;
  2. An appropriate entry Visa to work in Australia.

These two application processes are completely separate and there are several pathways you can take to complete each application. To find the best way for you and your family, contact us for an obligation free discussion.

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Below is an overview of the important information you need to know about the medical registration process and immigration to Australia.


For International Medical Graduates (IMG’s) seeking to work as a general practitioner in Australia, the RACGP (Royal Australian College of General Practitioners) is typically your first point of call to determine your eligible pathway to fellowship and to have you GP experienced assessed. The RACGP has a Pathway Self Assessment tool available to assist you so please refer to Becoming a GP

Do you already have fellowship?

GP’s from New Zealand, UK, Ireland, Canada and Singapore who have achieved fellowship in their respective country can be awarded Fellowship ad Eundem Gradum (FAEG) from the RACGP which allows you to practice in Australia without any supervision requirements.

GP’s from other countries and different qualifications are likely to require some supervision initially to ensure they become adequately familiar with the Australian Health System. Your assessed Australian equivalent GP experience will have an impact on the level and duration of supervision.

Doctors with recognised qualifications and adequate experience can proceed to their medical registration application with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Proof of your qualifications, clinical competency, identification and English language skills will be required to complete this process.

Every medical practitioner has a unique combination of skills, qualifications and experience; therefore each practitioner may have different requirements to meet in order to gain AHPRA registration. If you require assistance navigating the regulatory requirements then speak to us. Our expertise will ensure that you are on the right pathway and secure a position that meets your needs, expectations and any restrictions.


In Australia the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) is responsible for immigration, citizenship and border control Australia wide. This department therefore handles all visa applications for both tourists and temporary or permanent migrants. If you are looking to work in Australia, then there are several visa’s for you to consider. Below is a table of those most commonly used by International Medical Graduates.



Sponsorship Required


Temporary Work (Skilled)
Visa (457 Visa)
Will be known as the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) from March 18, 2018



A permanent visa can be obtained after a minimum of 2 years work through the Temporary Residence Transition stream (186 Visa).
Find out more about the transition stream here

Short-term Skilled
Occupation List (STSOL)
(Availablefrom March 18, 2018)



No pathway to permanent residency.

Employer Nominated
Scheme – Direct Entry
Stream (186 Visa)



Permanent residency is automatically granted.
Find out more about the direct entry stream here

Special Category Visa (SCV)
(New Zealand Citizens)



This visa is granted automatically to New Zealand citizens arriving on a valid New Zealand Passport.
It is not a permanent visa. New Zealand citizens seeking permanent residency will require a permanent visa such as the Skilled Independent 189 Visa (New Zealand Stream). Find out more here

*Sponsorship refers to employer sponsorship which requires an employer to nominate you for a vacant job position. Part of our recruitment services includes assisting you with gaining this sponsorship.

For further information please refer to the DIBP website below:

Here at Australian Doctors Medical Recruitment we aim to make the process of moving to Australia easier for you. If you have any questions or are unsure of which pathway is suitable to your circumstances contact us for free advice and information today.