Specialist Pathway - Australia

Australian Medical Council

There are three pathways through which students can apply for Australia

  • Standard Pathway - All others
  • Competent Pathway - Those already registered in under US UK CA NZ
  • Specialist Pathway - After PG

Specialist pathway is for the following international medical graduates (IMGs):

  • overseas-trained specialists applying for assessment of comparability to the standard of a specialist trained in that specialty in Australia (specialist recognition)
  • overseas-trained specialists applying for an area of need specialist level position in Australia (area of need)


IMGs who have a primary qualification in medicine and surgery awarded by a training institution recognised by both the AMC and WDOMS and who have satisfied 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 (specialist recognition or area of need).

If you currently hold, or previously held, general registration in australia you are not eligible to apply for the specialist pathway. You can complete the requirements for specialist registration while holding general registration, through a separate process. You are not eligible to apply for limited or provisional registration to complete the specialist recognition process.

Primary source verification

Before applying for the Specialist pathway, IMGs must apply to the Australian Medical Council (AMC) for primary source verification of their qualifications.

The AMC verifies qualifications through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC).

Specialist pathway

There are two pathways within the Specialist pathway:

Specialist pathway - specialist recognition:

  • the IMG applies directly to the relevant specialist medical college that assesses comparability against the criteria for an Australian-trained specialist in the same field of specialty practice
  • the outcome of the specialist medical college's assessment will determine the relevant registration type
  • the relevant specialist medical college will require the IMG to undertake a period of supervised practice, which may include other requirements such as workplace-based assessments, training or examinations, before recommending that the IMG be granted recognition as a specialist.
Specialist pathway - specialist recognition:

  • the IMG applies directly to the specialist medical college that assesses their qualifications and relevant experience against the specified requirements of a position in a confirmed area of need
  • area of need is determined by the relevant state or territory health authority (the AMC, the college, and the Board have no role in determining which areas are declared areas of need)
  • this pathway does not lead to specialist registration. IMGs on the Specialist pathway - area of need can also be on the Specialist pathway - specialist recognition if they wish to gain specialist registration with the Board.

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