Typically the time taken to gain registration and a visa to work in Australia will vary depending on type of registration applied for and seniority. Senior House officers and Registrars should allow 3-4 months after securing a position, but for Consultants and GPs this will take at least 6-8 months.

We have listed the steps below:

Step 1: The Australian Medical Council (AMC) are responsible for ensuring the standards of education, training and assessment of the medical profession promote and protect the health of the Australian community. The AMC is also responsible for conducting Primary Source Verification of a Doctor’s qualifications.

Step 2: The relevant specialist college will assess the Doctor’s comparability to an Australian trained Doctor, looking at their training and examinations in addition to their clinical experience. Doctors may be required to attend an interview in person or via Skype or video link.

  • ACEM – Australian College of emergency medicine
  • RACS – Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • RANZCOG – Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • RANZCP – Royal Australian and New Zealand College Psychiatrists
  • ANZCA – Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetics
  • RACGP – Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
  • RACP – Royal Australasian College of Physicians

Step 3: Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and Medical Board of Australia are the final stage in the professional registration process and give final approval for a Doctor to practice in Australia, this is based on their own checks around good standing and confirmation that a Doctor meets all the requirements and has been confirmed as competent to practice at the desired level in Australia.


Once you have completed your registration we need to start the application process for applying for the temporary visa for you (the Doctor) and any accompanying and eligible dependants.

For all Doctors we use the Temporary Work Skilled visa Subclass 457 . This gives you a visa for up to 4 years (dependent on the length of their job offer), this visa can be renewed multiple times and each time for up to a period of a further four years which will also allow partners and dependants to travel, live and work in Australia during the time period.

The application will be submitted online and approved electronically. For further information please visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Language Policy:

Doctors must satisfy the requirements of the Medical Board of Australia’s English Language Policy, if English is not your first language and you didn’t complete tertiary education in an English-speaking country, you will need to pass the Academic Module of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), these tests can be taken regularly in worldwide test centres, please see click here for additional information and sample tests and questions. You can also access video tutorials, helpful tips and practice courses online here. You can also use the Occupational English Test (OET)  which provides valid assessments of all 4 language skills for healthcare professionals looking to work in and English speaking environment which has an emphasis on medical and health professionals.