My General Practice Pathway

We at People Medical know how difficult it can be to workout exactly where you need to go and what you need to do to get there… but that’s why we are here!

We are going to start a 3 part mini series in our blogs about exactly what you need to know to become a General Practitioner in Australia via either the Standard Pathway, the Competent Authority or the Specialist. 

This week we will just tell you a little bit about the Pathways and their eligibility requirements so that you know exactly which one to follow based on your own circumstances. 

Standard Pathway

The Standard Pathway is open to International Medical Graduates who have, at a minimum, a Medical qualification and have passed the Australian Medical Council Multiple Choice Quiz and an English Language Test.

This pathway involves working under supervision for a period of time before you pass the AMC Clinical and progress to General Registration.

If this sounds like your pathway, keep an eye out for    our blog which will be released on the 17th of February. 

Competent Authority Pathway

The Competent Authority Pathway is for IMGs that are registered and have worked in a country recognised as competent by the Medical Board of Australia to assess the applied medical knowledge and clinical skills of IMGs. 

Countries recognised as competent: 

  • UK
  • Ireland
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • US

Under the Competent Authority Pathway, you will be eligible for Provisional Registration with AHPRA. 

After 12 months of full-time supervised practice in Australia, you will be eligible to apply for General Registration with the Medical Board of Australia and will no longer require supervision.

If this sounds like your pathway, keep an eye out for our blog on it which will be released on the 24th of February. 

Specialist Pathway

The Specialist pathway is for overseas-trained specialists applying for assessment of comparability to the standard of a specialist trained in that specialty in Australia (specialist recognition) and overseas-trained specialists applying for an area of need specialist level position in Australia (area of need).

IMGs who have a primary qualification in medicine and surgery awarded by a training institution recognised by both the Australian Medical Council and the World Directory of Medical Schools (WDOMS) and who have satisfied all the training and examination requirements to practise in their field of specialty in their country of training, can apply for assessment under this pathway (specialist recognition or area of need).

If this sounds like your pathway, keep an eye out for our blog on it which will be released on the 3rd of March.

Next week, we will be going through the Standard Pathway from beginning to end- outlining everything you need to do to become a General Practitioner in Australia. 


Our team offer General Practitioners assistance with finding jobs and a career pathway, and Medical Facilities to find a new Medical Practitioner. We also help with the full application process with AHPRA, RACGP, ACRRM, Department of Health, Medicare including 19AA & 19AB. If we can help, please contact us at [email protected]

People Medical Consulting are a team of professionals with a passion for guiding those specialising in the Medical industry to find their career pathway and settle into Australia. Working with both Australian trained and Overseas trained professionals, we have extensive experience in Recruitment of General Practitioners and Document Assistance for those requiring support with RACGP, AHPRA, 19AA and 19AB Medicare Exemptions.

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