IMGs pay high price to work in Australia

PEAK medical bodies are calling for major changes to the assessment and registration processes for international medical graduates (IMGs) entering Australia, claiming these are costing some IMGs as much as $12,000.

In its submission to a parliamentary inquiry into the registration and support processes for IMGs, the AMA has called for either the Medical Board of Australia or the Australian Medical Council to publicly report the time taken by IMGs to achieve registration via the various pathways and the costs involved so policy makers can intervene where necessary.

AMA president Dr Andrew Pesce said IMGs working towards full registration faced high costs, which the association has calculated to total almost $12,000 in some cases. The bill for sitting the AMC exams alone totals $4950. 

Meanwhile, IMGs also experienced significant delays as a result of duplication in the steps involved during registration processes, he said.