Employing international medical graduates

Health service employers that have been unable to recruit a suitable Australian-qualified medical practitioner may be eligible to employ an international medical graduate (IMG).

Medical registration

IMGs will be required to gain medical registration with the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) and must comply with the relevant MBA registration standards (external site). For IMGs intending to practise medicine in Australia longer term, health service employers must provide evidence to confirm the satisfactory progress towards meeting the qualifications required for general registration or specialist registration. 

An IMG may be limited to working in an area of need. The IMG will have limited registration - area of need with the MBA. 

If the position requires the IMG to access the Medicare benefits scheme the location must be recognised as an Australian Government district of workforce shortage (DWS).

Supervision requirements

All IMGs who are granted limited registration or provisional registration must be supervised. Supervision remains a requirement of registration for the duration of the IMG’s limited or provisional registration.

The MBA's Guidelines - Supervised practice for international medical graduates (external site) came into effect on 4 January 2016.

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