competent authority pathway

Similar Posts


  1. Hi Dr Llewellyn,
    Many thanks for your informative post. Very useful.

    I’m a respiratory consultant in the UK with 3 years consultant experience. I’m looking to migrate to Australia and I was told that the application process AMC and specialist pathway application can take 12-18 months (i’m not sure how true it is as I can’t seem to find any information about this).

    Due to personal circumstances (falling pregnant with due date end of Dec 24), migrating to Australia has to put on hold. But I wonder whether I should still start the process of applying for AMC and specialist pathway application if it takes a while and whether the AMC cert and the specialist pathway application outcome have an ‘expiry’ date. I will greatly appreciate your advice. Many thanks.

    1. Hi JL
      I would recommend starting the process now as it can take some time as you have noted. RACP is generally pretty good with their timeframes but there have been instances of other colleges (the Surgeons being notable) of taking over 12 months to interview someone.

  2. Hi Dr Llewellyn,
    Do you expect the changes to the intern program length in Australia to affect IMGs? For example, after FY1 is completed in the UK and I receive general registration do you think I will still be able to move straight to Australia? And do you expect them to extend the supervised year for IMGs to 2 years?

    1. Hi SF.
      The internship period has not been extended in Australia. You still gain general registration after 12 months. The main change is that the PGY2 year is now better defined and supervised. I expect there will eventually be alignment for the Standard Pathway with the new framework. It will probably end up being similar to the new Internship. Although I would argue it would be more sensible to align it with the PGY2 requirements.

  3. Hi, Dr. Llewellyn.

    Another helpful article as always.

    New Zealand has recently announced that they will now accept PLAB 2 passers in lieu of the NZREX. After a year of experience in NZ as a PGY1 via PLAB1+PLAB2, will one also be eligible to take the competent pathway to AU?

    If the above isnt possible, will it be possible to make the move to AU after garnering general registration in NZ?

    Kind regards.

    1. I haven’t seen anything official. But as it stands now if you obtain general registration in NZ. You can convert this to General Registration in Aus.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *