First steps

This is a simple summary of the process you need to follow to work as a medical practitioner in general practice in Australia.

There are many intersecting requirements and regulations behind each step. We recommend you contact the Rural Workforce Agency (RWA) in your State or territory to talk with an experienced person who will help you through the process.This is a free, Government funded service.

Rural Workforce Agencies

STEP

1

Skills recognition
  • Determine your eligibility for registration via an approved assessment pathway (Competent Authority, Standard or Specialist) on the MBA’s website
  • Verify your medical qualifications through Primary Source Verification via the AMC
  • Meet the requirements of the MBA’s English language skills registration standard
STEP

2

You already have a job offer

Lodge an application for registration with the MBA through AHPRA. (You are likely to be required to do a PESCI to assess your clinical suitability for the job)

You don't have a job offer yet

Contact a recruitment agency or RWA to find a job
STEP

3

Apply to the Department of Home Affairs for a visa Accept a job offer from a practice
STEP

4

Relocate Lodge an application for registration with the MBA through AHPRA. (You may be required to do a PESCI to assess your clinical suitability for the job)
STEP

5

  Apply to the Department of Home Affairs for a visa
STEP

6

  Relocate

Legend

  • RWA – Rural Workforce Agency
  • AHPRA – Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
  • AMC – Australian Medical Council
  • MBA – Medical Board of Australia
  • PESCI – Pre-Employment Structured Clinical Interview

Note: If any step is unsuccessful you need to start the process again.