Board’s key role is to protect the public
International medical graduates form a critical part of the Australian medical workforce and are highly valued by the communities they serve and the profession of which they are part.
Most doctors qualified overseas who seek to work in Australia are ethical and competent.
However, they are applying to work in a range of clinical settings and come with a range of experience, training and skills. The board’s job is to make sure – before these doctors are registered to practise – that they can provide safe care to Australian patients.
The board assesses each IMG applicant for registration individually and must decide if the practitioner has the skills, qualifications and experience to provide safe care to the Australian community in a specific role, with a specific level of supervision.
It is a risk-based assessment, to match the board’s primary responsibility to protect the public.
Before 1 July