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International Medical Graduates

General Information for International Medical Graduates Wishing To Practice Medicine in Australia

International Medical Graduates (IMGs) or former overseas medical students (that is persons who were not an Australian citizen or permanent resident when they commenced study for their medical degree in Australia) can come to Australia on either a temporary basis or a permanent basis.

Rules regarding the registration of International Medical Graduates differ depending on:

  • Immigration status, that is permanent or temporary;
  • Whether the primary medical qualification was obtained in New Zealand; and
  • The requirements of the Australian State and Territory medical registration authorities.

CPMEC does not have any role to play in regard to facilitating the entry of medical practitioners to Australia (permanent or temporary) or obtaining registration to practise medicine.

Each Postgraduate Medical Council or equivalent body has information for IMGs on their websites which can be accessed by clicking on the links below:

Further information may be gained via the following links:

Australian Medical Council: www.amc.org.au

Doctor Connect: www.doctorconnect.gov.au

State Health Departments - click here