How to get Registration in Australia as a General Practitioner

If your initial medical qualification is from UK or Ireland, there are two registration pathways for gaining medical registration as a hospital doctor or GP in Australia:

RACGP Specialist Pathway

The Specialist Pathway Program provides a pathway for overseas-trained doctors to obtain Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of GPs (RACGP), taking into consideration their previous training in general practice in their home country. This provides an opportunity for eligible overseas-trained GPs who want to work in Australia while they are preparing for vocational registration. During this time they make a valuable contribution to the healthcare of Australian communities.

UK Doctors

In general terms, doctors are considered ‘Category 1′ doctors provided they have UK Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners holding MRCGP and CCT, or equivalent.

If you have either of these you should qualify for the RACGP pathway and be able to find a job in Australia. As a ‘Category 1’ doctor you will not need to sit the General Practice fellowship exam and you will not have any further training requirements. You will be given Fellowship ad eundum gradum (FAEG) which will place you at the same level as Australian-trained specialists for general practice.

UK Doctors are considered ‘Category 2′ doctors provided they have either the Certificate of the Joint Committee in Postgraduate Training for General Practice OR Certificate from the Post Medical Education Training Board. As a ‘Category 2’ doctor, you will need to sit the  RACGP fellowship exam within a specified period (usually 3 years). This will involve additional fees.

More information about the specialist pathway can be found on the RACGP website.

Irish Doctors

In general terms, doctors are considered ‘Category 1′ doctors provided they hold MICGP. With this membership you should qualify for the RACGP pathway and be able to find a job in Australia. As a ‘Category 1’ doctor, you will not need to sit the RACGP fellowship exam and you will not have any further training requirements. You will be given Fellowship ad eundum gradum (FAEG) which will place you at the same level as Australian-trained specialists for general practice.

In general terms, doctors are considered ‘Category 2′ doctors provided they have either the Certificate of the Joint Committee in Postgraduate Training for General Practice OR Certificate from the Post Medical Education Training Board. As a ‘Category 2’ doctor you will need to sit the General Practice fellowship exam within a specified period (usually 3 years). This will involve additional fees.

More information about the specialist pathway can be found on the RACGP website.

If you have the relevant qualifications and would like more information about jobs in Australia, contact us.

Hospital Doctors

Most hospital doctors work in public hospitals. To summarise there are usually 4 levels of doctors in a hospital:

If you have the relevant qualifications and would like more information about jobs in Australia, contact us.