IMGs may pay for own criminal checks

The plan is the latest option on which AHPRA is seeking feedback as part of an ongoing consultation aimed at refining requirements for criminal history checks under a nationally consistent model.

Options already mooted in a consultation undertaken by AHPRA last year include applicant declaration only, a requirement for each applicant to provide criminal history with evidence, and AHPRA itself obtaining clearance information from jurisdictions outside Australia.

Also suggested was a fourth option in which applicants would make a declaration to AHPRA at the time of applying for registration and face being audited in the future as part of a random sample.

However, in a new round of consultation, a fifth option with an aim to “reconcile competing views about the four options” has now been released for public consideration.

“The applicant would be required to meet the cost of the international criminal history checks,”