AHPRA Registration


You may have a few questions regarding the processes taken to be eligible to practice as a General Practicioner in Australia click here to view some of the frequently asked questions. Feel free to contact us here to have a chat to us about how we can help make your transition to Australia as smooth as possible.

Step 1.

Skills Recognition

Australian Medical Council (AMC)

The AMC assesses the knowledge, clinical skills and professional attributes of overseas qualified medical practitioners seeking registration to practice in Australia. It also assesses the case for recognition of medical specialties.

Visit the AMC website to:

 – Identify a registration pathway – Competent Authority, Standard or Specialist
– Verify your medical qualifications through Primary Source Verification
– Meet the English language requirements

You need to demonstrate proficiency in English to a level determined by the Medical Board of Australia and approved by the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council.

See the English language skills registration standard (PDF, 324KB)

Step 2.

Apply to the AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) in the relevant state or territory for registration 

Medical Board of Australia
The Medical Board of Australia, supported by Boards in each State and Territory, registers all medical practitioners and medical students.

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
AHPRA Registration Process
AHPRA Common Application Forms

AHPRA supports the 10 National Health Practitioner Boards in implementing the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.

Step 3.

Apply to DIAC ( Department of Immigration and Citizenship) for a visa

Most overseas trained doctors and Foreign Graduates of an Accredited Medical School need a visa to practice in Australia.

General practitioners can apply for a visa if:

– you got your primary medical qualification in a country other than Australia

– or you got your medical qualifications in Australia but you’re not an Australian permanent resident.

Temporary Visa:
Temporary Business (Long Stay) visa (Subclass 457)
Training and Research Visa Subclass 402

Permanent Visa:
Permanent Visa Options for Doctors

Step 4.


Once you’ve organised your visas, employment and medical registration for Australia, there’s still some things to do before you relocate.

Moving to a new country is a huge undertaking, but an exciting one. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship has put together checklists to help you plan your move, and to set out the important things you need to do before you leave for Australia and once you get here.

Before you leave
– Financial matters
– Travel plans
– Important documents
– Customs

Using a migration agent
– The agent’s role and responsibilities
– Contact points for approved migration agents

When you arrive
– Immigration clearance
– Quarantine
– Customs
– Money-changing

First days in Australia
– 7 important things to do as soon as possible after you arrive.