Migration of Medical Practitioners under the General Skilled Migration Programme

This information is for medical practitioners who are interested in applying for a visa under the General Skilled Migration (GSM) Programme.

For more information about visa options and requirements refer to SkillSelect.

The medical practitioner and medical specialist occupations that can be considered under the General Skilled Migration Programme are detailed on the    Instrument IMMI 17/072.

Skills assessment Requirements

A person seeking to apply for a GSM visa must nominate a skilled occupation and have a suitable skills assessment for that occupation.

Information about Skills assessment and assessing authorities is available.

The skills assessing body for medical practitioners and specialists is the Medical Board of Australia. In determining whether you have a suitable skills assessment, the information the department will consider the medical registration you hold at the time you are invited to apply for a GSM visa. This information is available from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Acceptable forms of medical registration

The department will accept one of the following certificates issued by the State or Territory Medical Board or by the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) as evidence of a suitable skills assessment:

  • a full, unconditional or general medical registration
  • conditional specialist registration – where this registration allows you to practise only in your particular speciality, with no further training or supervision requirements.

Specialists need to be assessed by the relevant Australian Specialist Medical College before the Medical Board of Australia will register them for practise in their field of specialisation.

For more information about skills recognition and registration requirements
See: Medical Board of Australia
See: Australian Medical Council
See: DoctorConnect