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  1. For instance an IMG who took and completed the Plab, had one year of experience in the UK, can apply for an HMO job in Australia without taking the MCQ and Clinical examinations in Australia?

    1. Yes. So long as that one year was Foundation Year one or some other form of supervised training.

      1. Thank you for the prompt response Anthony ???? the AMC exams have only 10% passing rate, while plab has 50%, many IMGs take the back door and take the plab rather than amc mcq to practice in Australia. That sound unfair to those struggling that are already in Australia

        1. This is not exactly true. The AMC PArt 1 has a pass rate of around 60%, whilst Part 2 less than 30%, which is tough. But the big problem is getting a position after these exams.

          1. Hi Anthony,

            All I want to know is: Is the LAT [Locum as Training] position in the UK accepted as “Internship equivalent”? What other posts are considered “Internship equivalent” as per Category A of competent pathway.

          2. Hi Saif if you are referring to a position such as described here Then yes. I would say this is likely to be accepted by the Medical Board Australia as “intern equivalent” as you have both a clinical and educational supervisor and the Medical Board only requests “confirmation in writing and/or certificate of service from the hospital(s) and/or employer(s) that you have had a minimum of 12 months practice in the UK”.

          3. Hello Anthony,
            What did you mean by that
            “But the big problem is getting a position after these exams” ?

          4. Hello, I mean that whilst the AMC Clinical is hard. Most doctors find it even harder to get their first position after completing the AMC process.

      2. My friend is saying I will be entering as Foundation Year 2 (FY2) not 1 in UK. So I will not have FY1 from UK. Is that still okay?

  2. thanks for the information. Is it true that changes have been made to the visa type you get if one comes in as RMO? that is, the visa type will not permit you to apply for a PR?

    is it advisable to write australian medical exams, ielta and apply for PR straight up, even if you have done Plab and have one year working experience in the uk? The rationale behind this pattern is that you get the privileges of PR especially if you have to travel with children.

    1. Hi, the types of visas available are semi-regularly reviewed. Sometimes you have to move from one visa to another. One of the key considerations is whether the work you are doing is in an area where there is poor labour supply in Australia. So really obtaining a job is a key part of this.

  3. Hello
    My name is Nayia Theodorou from Medeco Medical Centre Penrith . We have career opportunities for general practice doctors and also for GPs specialising in Skin Cancer. I was wondering how about advertising with your database for any UK GPs that would want to relocate here. We are a DWS area(District Workforce Shortage) and we would only be interested in VR GPs.

    Many thanks

    Nayia Theodorou

  4. Hello. I am an FY1 doctor in the UK planning on working in Australia after my FY2. Would it be possible to then do the year of supervised work, and then apply for training? My particular interest is neurology, so I assume it would be the equivalent of core medical training before speciality training. Or are these opportunities not open to non-citizens? Thanks in advance.

    1. Hello Jad

      With your UK degree and FY2 you are eligible for competent authority. You would be able to apply for a suitable level of post to do your provisional registration. Its probable that you could apply for a Senior Resident Medical Officer role in Medicine for this. Once you have your general registration you would be able to apply to the RACP to be a trainee. The RACP does not have current restrictions based on citizenship or permanent residency.

      1. Thanks for your reply! When you mention the need for permanent residency or citizenship to enter a training program, does that include BPT? And is it possible for IMGs to train in major cities such as Melbourne?

        1. There are only certain programs and colleges that require permanent residency the main ones being the college of surgeons and the main general practice training program. It’s not a requirement for BPT.

    2. Hello Dr Anthony,

      I am Dr Kushal amd I just wanted to ask about the process of moving to Australia after completing Core training from the UK.

      1. Hello Kushal by Core Training do you mean the Foundation Program or Specialty Training? And are you referring to someone who has graduated medical school in the UK or come through the PLAB process?

        1. I mean to say that someone has come to UK through plab process and then as you know the training pathway in UK is comprised as core training which is after foundation year 2 and is called CT1 and CT2 and after that we enter in the speciality training called St2 and ST 3 and so on.
          So in a nutshell what’s the pathway for an IMG who has entered UK through PLAB process and wants to move to Australia?

          1. OK. So I think that’s already covered here. You are eligible for the competent authority pathway.

  5. Hii
    I have completed MD Internal Medicine from India and also MRCP UK, currently working as a Specialist Internal Medicine in UAE. I wanted to know about the process of Specialist Pathway to UK. Am I eligible for that? Is it difficult or easy to go through this pathway? What are the major hurdles

    1. Hi Sheeraz. If you go to my YouTube channel Career Doctor, there is a partly completed series on the Specialist Pathway.

  6. Hi
    Any idea if i finished my CCT in anaesthetic and pain in UK, how easy to get a job in Australia? Is it the specialist pathway you think?

    Thanks for your help


    1. Thanks Raf Yes you would be looking at specialist pathway. I would think it would be reasonably easy to gain a position so long as you are not too choosy about where you work. Let me know if you want to book a coaching session to go over things in more detail.

  7. Hi Anthony, thanks for the informative article. My girlfriend is a UK trained doctor but didnt do internship there (hence no GMC reg), she moved to Singapore straight afterwards to work there. Now we are planning a move to Australia, and we are seeking information regarding her job prospects in Australia. She will have to go thru the Standard Pathway. I read online that she’ll have to work in rural areas in order to be able to bill from Medicare. We’re willing go rural for a few years, but ultimately want to move to urban areas. Are overseas trained doctors able to practice in the big cities? Any idea what the job situation is like? Would you say it’s quite tough for overseas doctors to find a job in the big cities? Thanks heaps! Max

    1. Hi Max. Your girlfriend will likely need to work in rural or regional areas to secure a position. With a UK degree she will probably find it easier to get a job. You should also find out if the GMC would recognise her training in Singapore for registration purposes. This may permit her to go via competent authority. Once you qualify as a Specialist in Australia as an IMG you are subject to a 10-year moratorium on where you can work under the Medicare system. Its a big myth that this consigns you to only rural areas as meany regional and even capital city areas get included as what is termed District of Workforce Shortage.

  8. Hi Anthony. I am currently finishing medical school in the UK and plan to complete FY1, after which I plan to practice in Australia via the Competent Authority Pathway. As an Australian citizen, I’m curious as to how my application would be seen. I’m assuming it would mean I am simply an IMG, but I was wondering if there would be any priority (i.e. better chance of being registered with the AMC). Thanks, Ruben

    1. Hi, Ruben, you have several advantages above other IMGs. Your citizenship status gives you priority for jobs and the UK registration means you are eligible for the competent authority pathway which employers prefer over standard pathway.

  9. Hi Anthony,
    I have completed all my medical training in the U.K. This includes higher specialist training in Plastic surgery. However, as some of my training was completed out of program, I will be awarded a CESR rather than a CCT in Plastic surgery.

    I am already working in Australia doing a fellowship here under the Competent Authority Pathway at present, with provisional registration. So my question is if I wish to stay in Aus, can I now apply for Specialist assessment – bear in mind I have a CESR not “CCT” from the UK. What would the prospects of being granted this?

    1. Hi Ben

      I would say that you still have a good chance. It would depend on how much of your training was completed outside of the UK program and what the other program constituted. If you would like me to go over it with you then we have coaching sessions where we can go into it in more depth.

  10. Dear Anthony,
    I am a UK-based physician with CCT, having done my undergraduate degree, foundation programme and specialist training in the UK. I have been assessed as substantially comparable by RACP and will require a period of peer review before being awarded FRACP.
    I have recently been offered a specialist position in Australia. For AHPRA registration, should I use the Application for Specialist Registration AGSP-30 or Provisional Registration APRI-30?
    Thanks so much for putting together this highly informative website.

    1. Hi, congratulations on the job offer. Because you are eligible under competent authority you would apply for Provisional registration (for IMGs qualified for the Competent Authority pathway). But I would be checking in with your employer to see what they want you to do. It is normal for the employer to provide guidance at this point. If you need any more help we can book a coaching session and go through things for you.

  11. Hi Anthony, thank you for this very useful article. I am an FY2 doctor in the UK. I will be looking to apply for 1 year SHO/RMO locum posts in Australia from August 2020 onwards on completion of my training. What visas are doctors likely to be offered now the 457 has been abolished? Will it be the ‘Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (subclass 482)’?

    The reason I am interested is to enquire about the eligibility of bringing my partner out to Australia with me on my visa? Many thanks

    1. Hi Luke, 482 is the most common now. This is a situation I would recommend talking with an agent about as they can probably help with the locum side of things. Although it may be better to just target a one year contract somewhere. Let me know if you need a referral.

  12. If someone has MRCPSY & CESR with higher training(ST) in Psychiatry in UK ( core training is from non-UK), then how is the chance to get substantial comparibility in Australia. He does not want to go through partial comparibility & write exams anymore. Any place including AoN is fine for him.

  13. Great article. What are the hurdles for a Canadian who completed their MD in Australia, completed their specialist training in Canada, and then would like to return to Australia as a specialist (e.g. in internal medicine)?

    1. Hi, Jennifer thanks for the question. I will get around to writing a post for Canadian doctors eventually but most of the things on this post are relevant to Canada. I’m assuming you have the LMCC in which case you will be eligible for posts where they are happy to take someone under Competent Authority. You can probably reach out to employers directly but it may help to also contact some recruiters. Let me know if you need any specific help and we can set up a coaching session.

  14. Hi Dr Llewellyn, I’m a Spanish medical graduate and I just completed 4 years post-graduated of training in Paediatric. My partner is Australian and we were thinking about moving there by the end of this year. I’m currently preparing for AMC part 1, but after reading your article and some of the comments I’m wondering if it wouldn’t be better to try the PLAB.. Also I don’t know if my paediatric training could be also recognised this way..
    Any help or advice is very much appreciated! Thank you

  15. Hi Anthony,
    I have completed my internship in a EU country and have also passed PLAB. I am looking to go to England this year and do FY2 there.

    I am curious, will I be eligible for the competent authority pathway after completing only FY2 in England?

    When I read the eligibility criteria on AHPRA it states that “either FY1 or 12 months of supervised training (internship equivalent) needs to be completed.”
    Even though FY2 is supervised training, it is one level above an internship and therefore not equivalent I presume ?

    Thank you.

    1. Hello John, as I think I have also replied to the Facebook group. The Medical Board will be happy with an FY2 experience year.

      1. Hi,
        I am a doctor working in clinical fellowship in internal medicine in UK at present.
        I have completed my MBBS & MD Internal medicine from India with around 5 years of experience.
        I have cleared MRCP also.
        Can you please let me know what are the opportunities if I want to move to Australia ?
        Would it make some difference if I get my core competencies signed off?
        Also would it be possible if I want to pursue further superspeciality over there?

  16. Hello Anthony,
    First question: I have a french qualification as a doctor. I am about to have the new zealand registration, does it provide any advantage in the process of application to practice in Australia ?
    Second question : if someone have foreign degrees of medecine (from North Africa ) + PLAB + UK registration without supervised year , but instead , one year of a consultant position, could it be sufficient to apply for the competent way in Australia .
    Thank you in advance.

    1. Hi Amine general registration through the NZ system will have you seen as equivalent in Australia. So that definitely helps. If you don’t have a properly supervised year in the UK then all the other parts of the PLAB will not count for you. Hope this helps. Good luck with your application.

  17. Hi,
    I’m an Indian doctor, who passed the PLAB, worked for 2 years as a Trust doctor, now am an Internal Medicine Trainee (the reformed Core Medical Training, now 3 years instead of 2) in the UK. I’m quite interested in Medical Oncology but Training posts have been substantially reduced, hence looking at Australia as an alternative after finishing my IMT. How are my prospects at gaining accredition through the Competent Authority pathway ? When can I apply for advanced training ? What sort of posts (non-training) should I look out for ?
    ps I have considerable career gaps before my UK registration.

    1. By sort of posts, I mean what level posts will I need to apply for ? Are there any non-training Registrar jobs in medical oncology available ?

  18. Hello Anthony.
    My question is that can a UK trained consultant work as international locum tenen in Australia and Newzealand as US trained doctors do?
    If yes then what are the requirements and at what grade can can a UK trained consultant work in OZ as international locum?
    Thanks in advance

  19. Hello Anthony, thank you for this article.
    I’m an IMG in the Uk, passed PLAB and currently doing an RMO job. What are my chances of getting an SHO job in Australia after completing one year in the UK. Since the RMO job is not an FY2 job.

    1. So long as you can prove supervision you should still be eligible for competent authority. So long as you are not too choosy you will likely pick up a position in Australia.

      1. Hi Anthony,
        Would a RMO job in a private hospital in UK still be classed as supervised, especially if work is with different consultants and not assigned specifically to any?

        1. That might possibly be a stretch. Again, you would need to be able to show evidence of supervised training. Here is the direct current quote from the MBA:

          “There are two ways in which you can demonstrate that you meet the ‘12 months supervised training (internship equivalent) in the UK’ component of the eligibility criteria for category A (as per guidance initially
          provided in August 2015):
          1. Provide evidence of ‘12 months supervised practice/training in an Approved Practice Setting in the UK’. Acceptable evidence would include:
          a. confirmation in writing from the hospital(s) and/or employer(s) that you have satisfactorily
          completed 12 months supervised practice/training in the UK, and
          b. confirmation in writing from the hospital(s) and/or employer(s) that the practice setting is an ‘Approved Practice Setting’.
          2. Provide evidence of ‘a minimum of 12 months practice in the UK’2. Acceptable evidence would include:
          a. confirmation in writing and/or certificate of service from the hospital(s) and/or employer(s)
          that you have had a minimum of 12 months practice in the UK.

  20. Hi Anthony,

    Thank you for this article. I am currently working in Australia on a 482 visa. I am a UK trainee mid way through Paediatric speciality training but am looking at staying here long term now.

    Can I ask what the restrictions of the visa are- Like what are the implications if I took a job working for a different hospital here? Would I have to go through the whole visa process and cost again?

    Also, assuming I continued to work at the same place- what happens while I apply for and await PR? Is it possible for the visa to be extended beyond 2 years by the sponsors? How long does the PR process usually take?


    1. Hello Gemma
      I think you would be best off discussing with a registered migration agent. You can get into trouble giving advice about visas if you are not an expert in this area.
      As I understand it, it sounds like you are on short term specialist training which is strictly limited to 2 years. So your options are probably around getting generally registered via competent authority and then getting your UK and Aus training considered by the RACP.
      There are normally some good options to obtain PR once you have general registration. But as I say you should talk to a registered agent.

    2. Hi Anthony,
      Thank you for your article. I am looking for a Pain specialist career in Australia.
      I did my undergraduate and postgraduate training in Anaesthesia from India.
      I then moved to UK and completed my fellowship s in Anaesthesia and Pain medicine. I have FRCA and FFPMRCA.
      I have not got my CCT as I was in a non training job
      I have Evidence including appraisal documents to show that I have fulfilled substantial requirements expected out of a trainee.
      I would appreciate your opinion on on my chances for a SIMG specialist assessment.
      I am a bit sceptical in proceeding as the costs involved are too high

      1. Hi Gemma

        As I often do I would recommend a strategy call to go into more detail. With the combined UK experience and PG training in India I think you’d have a fairly good chance.

  21. Hi Anthony,
    I am Canadian with MD from Jagiellonian University in Poland and have completed FY1 in UK.
    I did not need PLAB. What are my options for getting into GP training in Australia?

    1. Hi Bob
      You could either get specialist recognition as a GP in the UK and then apply for same here or would need to go via standard pathway.

  22. Hi Anthony,

    Could you please clarify how an overseas consultant pediatrician from Middle East can obtain (a training post) to apply for short term training pathway?

    Thank you.

  23. Hi Anthony,

    I have completed Plab1+2 and I intend to work in the Republic of Ireland for 1 year at the level of SHO.

    Will this pattern be acceptable for the competent authority pathway? On the Aphra website, it states that “Successful completion of an internship in Ireland (Certificate of experience)” is required, but it is very difficult to get an Internship in Ireland.

  24. Hi Anthony

    My girlfriend completed MBBS from Egypt and done Plab1 and 2. She completed FY1 from UK . What are the options of continuing practicing for GP here in Australia? Is PR options will be easy ?


  25. Hi there,

    I used to study MBBS at Newcastle university UK but with the Malaysia Campus. The primary certificate that has been issued will be under the name of Newcastle University UK. I have worked in the UK for 2 years as foundation doctor after the graduation, and with the certificate being issued by the UK I did not have to take PLAB test prior the start of my foundation training.
    I hold a British passport and lived in the UK since 12 years old. I have also studied my GCSE and A-levels in the UK.
    1. Do you think I will be exempted from English exam? Or which English pathway would I be under?
    2. Do you think there will be any issue with the application based on the fact that I have studied in Newcastle university Malaysia campus? I have made sure Newcastle university Malaysia is on the competency pathway list.

    It would be very helpful to hear back from you. Many thanks!

    1. Hi, that’s a complicated one. The Medical Board does provide an answer for you. Medical courses must be accredited by the competent authority and undertaken and completed in the competent authority country or on the Board’s list of eligible offshore courses. you will see if you click this link that your course is on the list.

  26. Hi, so I hope to join core medical training next year (graduated from outside U.K. – no U.K. experience so far). Would it be of benefit to complete the core training (3 years – 3 more are needed to be complete specialty training for a total of six) or would it be wiser to apply after one year of mandatory experience? The essence of my question lies in whether completing core training offers any advantage over not having completed it – since one is neither a specialist , nor exactly a junior doctor after completion of core training. You are at registrar level.

    1. Hi there is some allowance for recognition of prior learning between UK and Aus. But its generally wisest to come here and do the bulk of your training or wait till you are a fully-fledged specialist in the UK.

  27. Hi Anthony, once I have finished my medical degree and FY1 and FY2.

    I would like to train in Australia as an anaesthetist.

    What are the chances of finding a spot in a training pathway? How long is training there for this specialty and how well are trainees compensated.

    Thank you.

  28. Hi Anthony,

    I plan to come to Australia in 3-4 years time. I am currently an F2 in the UK and will be looking to do Core medical training(AKA IMT) in the UK.
    Question is when I finish IMT and completed the MRCP(Part 1 and 2 and PACES), will I be eligible to apply for the specialist pathway? or will I have to go through the competent authority pathway.

    And if I do go through the competent authority pathway, what sort of grade of jobs will I be able to get? Will I be able to apply for RCAP membership at this point to enter further speciality training(ie cardiology)?

    Many thanks

    1. Hi Eugene you would need to complete the CCT in order to be seen as equivalent here. So that’s obviously more years than what you have allocated.
      You will probably be able to enter the RACP with some advanced standing as a trainee. You can read the RACP policy here You won’t be exempted from any exams, however. I should also mention that AT in cardiology is probably the most competitive program within RACP.

  29. Hi, Anthony. Thank you for your wonderful blog.

    I will have completed 1 year of Core Training by next year in the UK. However my FY1 and FY2 experience is not from the UK, from my home country in the subcontinent. Does the Core Training year satisfy the requirement of 1 year of internship equivalent training the UK? (for competent authority pathway).

  30. Hi Anthony

    I hope this finds you well
    I am Dr. Ahmed currently residing in Dubai, UAE. I am looking forward to getting into Australia through the competent pathway. I am interested in becoming a physician (Adult Medicine) in Australia.
    1. I would like to know which route will be better, clearing PLAB then applying into FY2 and rotating through random departments or applying for a non-training job (SHO) in Medicine plus a year in IMT (training post)? This way I will have more experience in my choice of field, however, at expense of time. Will the latter increase my chance of getting into Australia?
    2. When you apply for a supervised training post, RMO, or any equivalent position in Australia, is it in a particular department or you rotate through departments?
    3. Doing SHO (non-training job) and IMT year 1 (training job) in the UK considered sufficient experience to get accepted for Medicine specialty training (of course after supervised training in Australia and obtaining general registration) OR RMO and Senior officer experience is a must after supervised training?

    Looking forward to your reply

    Osman Ahmed

  31. Hi Anthony, thank you for your help.
    I’m a 4th year medical student in the UK, planning to do my FY2 then go to Australia. However I don’t want to do general practice or psychiatry, but interested in Dermatology.
    Are international trainees disadvantaged in comparison to local trainees when entering specialty (dermatology) program? If yes, what are the ratio?

    1. Hi Maria

      The main issue for competitive programs such as dermatology is you may be excluded if you don’t have residency or citizenship.

  32. Hi Anthony
    Thank you very much for providing information about AMC and job issues in Australia. I am an overseas doctor, residing in Australia with PR visa. I have been preparing for AMC clinical exam for more than 6 months and have a good grip over the content.
    I am interested in doing MRCP, since the exam is online nowadays and can be applied from Australia. I just want to know if it will make a difference having MRCP 1 certificate in getting first RMO job in Australia.
    My second question is – Do Australian hospitals offer training for MRCP?
    Thanks again.

    1. Hi Maria
      I don’t recommend sitting the MRCP its not recognised as a specialist qualification in Australia. You need the CCT which you only get from going through actual specialist training in the UK. Australian hospitals train for the FRACP, not the MRCP.

  33. Hi Anthony

    Thanks for all the great content. I am currently in specialist training in Anaesthesia in the UK having qualified from a UK med school and completed foundation training here. In terms of being successful at specialist pathway application is it viewed more favourably to gain experience as a consultant in the UK or would doing a 1 year fellowship in Australia look better?
    In terms of if you are deemed comparable following specialist pathway assessment how do people go about finding posts in Australia as a SIMG?

    1. Hi, Dan, I think either would be helpful. Once you have your assessment in your circumstance I would consider going with a recruitment agent.

  34. Hi Anthony,

    Thank you for all of the info! I am a British doctor, currently in specialty training here in Paediatrics, having attended a UK uni and done F1 and F2 in the UK. I am at registrar level here. I am looking at a permanent move to Australia and so would ultimately like to join the equivalent training pathway: My questions are –
    1. What specialist college does Paediatrics belong to?
    2. Can I work in paediatrics straight away in Australia (the thought of having to go back to adult medicine is not a great 1!)
    3. What level of jobs could I apply for?
    4. Would I have to wait until I have residency before I can join the training programme and at what level could I join?
    Thank you!!

    1. Hi Jess
      Looking for you to get back in contact with me. Quick answers to your questions:
      1. RACP
      2. Yes.
      3. Unaccredited Trainee roles
      4. Not for paediatrics

  35. Hi,
    I passed plab 1 and plab 2 working supervised non training post in UK. My internship (fy1) was approved from home country.
    After 12 months of work can I apply for competent pathway?

  36. Hi Anthony,

    My name is Danny and I am a UK graduate currently working in a non-training post in orthopaedics. I completed foundation training here in the UK and have also have a certificate for entry into higher training. I have passed my MRCS examinations and currently hold full GMC registration. I have significant experience in trauma and orthopaedics and am currently working at a registrar level but having difficulty obtaining a training number.

    After foundation training I spent 2 years working in Australia and still hold general registration (non-practicing) and am now married to an Australian citizen. We are exploring our options which includes coming back to Australia and attempting to obtain a specialty training number in orthopaedics. My questions to you are:
    1. What would be the best visa option bearing in mind the waiting time for these and PR (given you have to be a PR to apply for specialty training (AOA))
    2. Is MRCS or my prior working experience at all considered during application and would I need to sit GSSE?
    3. What are my chances of getting a training post in trauma and orthopaedics?
    4. Is there another route that I might be eligible for eg competent authority?

    Sorry for the extended message, the application system is difficult to navigate through.

    Many thanks in advance,

    1. Hi Danny, I’d suggest booking one of my clarity calls and we can go over those questions in detail for you. Sorry, but I just can’t give detailed answers to these types of questions on a blog.

  37. Hi Anthony,

    First time poster here. I am an Australian citizen, and I have been offered a medicine course in the UK. I’m planning to go to the UK and complete FY1. After that I hope to come back to Australia through the Competent Authority Pathway and get a job in Australia. I just wanted to know how realistic it would be for me to get a job through this pathway, Also would being an Australian citizen increase my chances.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thank you

      1. Hi Anthony,

        On the same note as Ahmed (post FY1, Australian Citizen), will it be beneficial for me to apply for a job through yourself or directly to each health board? Also, what is the major difference between applying after FY1 or after FY2? Will applying at the latter stage render me more employable?

        1. Hi Mel
          I really appreciate it if my readers help me to connect them up with a good recruitment company when this makes sense (as it does for you).
          This benefits you and me. For you it provides someone to support you through the process and streamline things.
          For me, it means some sponsorship of the site so I can continue to provide free content.
          You can of course take it upon yourself to apply directly. But there are many hospitals so its a big endeavour.
          Applying after FY2 will probably make it slightly easier. But its certainly possible to get a post here after FY1.

  38. Hi I am UK based General Surgery Registrar at ST6 level at the moment on an accredited training pathway. Can I transfer to Australia part way through my training on a training programme? Or will I have to start a registrar post and then apply back into training? I have done my MRCS and probably my FRCS by the time I apply.

    Please help.

    Kind regards

    1. Hi, It’s not really a good idea to transfer between programs. You can get some recognition of learning. But its going to be contingent on being accepted into the training program here first and it’s likely to set you back quite a bit.

      Generally, you are better off completing your CCT in the UK or coming here before commencing training.


      1. Hi Anthony,
        My husband and I are both consultant surgeons here in UK. We are keen to move down under. Will we need to apply for specialist registration before we can start applying for jobs in Australia? I always thought we need to secure a supervised placement before we can apply for specialist recognition.


        1. Thanks
          For surgery, you generally need to get your comparability assessed by RACS first.
          Let me know if you need further help with this.

      2. Hi Anthony, are we able to apply for specialist registration off shore as consultant surgeons? I was under the impression this would require a period of supervised work in Australia?

        1. Hi Chloe you are eligible after going through the specialist pathway. I have a free course about this on my services site.

  39. Hi Anthony,

    I was just wondering if I graduated from an Irish medical school, then took FY1 and FY2 instead of Internship in Ireland (without the PLAB requirement), would I be eligible for the competent authority pathway? And if not, is there any way to sit the PLAB as a current FY doctor?

    1. Hi Shane your combination of the Irish medical degree plus 12 months (24 months for the US) of experience in any competent authority country still makes you eligible for the CA pathway.

      1. Thanks for the reply Anthony. I was just a bit confused by the line in your article saying

        “For this reason, doctors who have completed medical school in another European Union country are often unable to get registered in Australia via working in the United Kingdom as they are often not required to complete the PLAB.”

        I suppose the answer could be here “ ” under the notes section, where it gives an example for Canada, but I’m still unsure how it applies to Ireland. Ireland doesn’t have national liscensing exam per se, rather, final year exams, graduation and then the vast majority of graduates completing their 1 year internship within Ireland.

        Have you ever encountered someone in my position before? It’s very usual for someone to apply for FY1+2 in the UK directly from graduation in Ireland as the UK internship is 2 years vs. the Irish 1 year. I did so for personal reasons & training opportunities in the UK etc., however I’m afraid I may have snookered my eiligibity for CA pathway should I wish to gain experience in Australia. Are you that I can combine the way I have for the purposes of CA? Sorry about the long reply.

        Appreciate any reassurance and thanks once again!

        1. Hello Shane, completing your medical degree in Ireland and then completing 12 months of supervised experience in another Competent Authority country makes you eligible for the Competent Authority Pathway. When I refer to EU countries I mean all bar Ireland which is one of the four CA countries.

  40. Hi Anthony,

    I’m a final year medical student at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus. I plan on working in the UK for a year from August, with the goal of moving to Australia afterwards.

    I do not require the PLAB for full GMC registration, but as I understand, I need it to be eligible for the competent pathway in Australia.

    Would I be able to write the PLAB during my year of working in the United Kingdom?

  41. Hi Anthony

    Thank you so much for your content – it’s been amazing to use this as a resource!

    I have a similar question to Shane – if I am an IMG from a medical school listed in both the world directory and the Australian directory, and I have the training/experience component from the GMC, but I did not have to write the PLAB to get into the foundation (UK training) program, am I still eligible for the Competent Authority pathway?

    I did see the below text on the AMC website: “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 completed training or assessment with an approved competent authority may apply for provisional registration via the Competent Authority pathway.”

    Thanks so much!


    1. Hello Mike
      I believe you are referring to information on the Medical Board website. Not the AMC.
      Shortly under this sentence is written:
      “To be eligible for one of the seven categories, IMGs must have completed BOTH the prescribed assessment component (a medical course or exam) AND the experience component.”
      So unfortunately the answer is no. Not without the PLAB.

  42. Hello Anthony

    I have completed UK college exam (FRCEM) from my homeland – South Asian country.
    I plan to work in Australia as Specialist.
    What are my chances for getting opportunity in Australia over if I have work experience in UK for some year/s ?

  43. Hi Anthony
    1) I tried the standard pathway to Australia and failed.. I just cleared the PLAB now and started a job in UK.. Can I still apply for the competent pathway after 1 year of supervised work in UK???

  44. Hi Anthony

    Could you please tell prospects of an IMG from India who passed his PLABs and then did his Radiology training in the UK?
    How well are the chances of getting a job offer via the specialist pathway?
    And would he be required to take any exams to secure permanent offer in Australia?

    1. I am assuming you have completed the CCT in the UK.

      You would undoubtedly get partial comparability (because this is what RANZCR gives to 95% of applicants). However getting a job is the problem as there is about a 2:1 ratio of approvals to opportunities for the experience part of the pathway.

      1. Hi Anthony, No I haven’t done Radiology training as of now. I was trying to figure out whether to do training in Radiology in the UK and choose the specialist pathway, or choose the competent authority pathway to secure Radiology training in Australia. So I wanted to know your opinion.
        Thanks and regards

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