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Australian Medical Council The Australian Medical Council (AMC) is an independent national standards body for medical education and training.
Medical Board of Australia  

The role of the Medical Board of Australia is to:

  • register medical practitioners and medical students
  • develop standards, codes and guidelines for the medical profession
  • investigate notifications and complaints
  • where necessary, conduct panel hearings and refer serious matters to Tribunal hearings
  • assess International Medical Graduates who wish to practise in Australia, and
  • approve accreditation standards and accredited courses of study.
Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)


  • supports the National Boards in their primary role of protecting the public
  • publishes national registers of practitioners so important information about the registration of individual health practitioners is available to the public 
  • manages the registration and renewal processes for health practitioners and students around Australia
  • has offices in each state and territory where the public can make a complaint about a registered health practitioner or student 
  • on behalf of the Boards, manages investigations into the professional conduct, performance or health of registered health practitioners, except in:
    • NSW where this is undertaken by the Health Professional Councils Authority and the Health Care Complaints Commission, and
    • QLD where this may be undertaken by the Queensland Health Ombudsman (from 1 July 2014 onwards)
  • works with the Health Complaints Commissions in each state and territory to make sure the appropriate organisation deals with community concerns about individual, registered health practitioners 
  • supports the Boards in the development of registration standards, and codes and guidelines, and
  • provides advice to the Ministerial Council about the administration of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.
DoctorConnect provides information for doctors seeking employment in Australia. There is a checklist for medical registration and immigration, information on medical workforce strategies, and programs including Area of Need (AON) and Districts of Workforce Shortage (DWS). 

Immigration agent or recruiter

Your immigration agent or recruiter should be a specialist who will help you, as an overseas applicant, to immigrate to Australia. Their primary aim should be to make your immigration process as quick and uncomplicated as possible.