Assessment process for Overseas Trained Doctors (OTDs)

English language requirements

OTDs (referred to as international medical graduates by the Medical Board of Australia) must meet the requirements of the Medical Board of Australia (MBA)’s English language skills registration standard in order to practise in Australia.

English language proficiency


The OTD must obtain medical registration with the MBA prior to commencing practice in Australia. It’s your responsibility to ensure that the OTD is likely to meet the requirements for registration and is suitable for the position. This applies even if you use a medical recruitment agency to pre-qualify applicants.

Specialist OTDs (including general practice specialists) need to be assessed by the relevant Australian Medical Council (AMC) accredited Australian/Australasian specialist medical college before the MBA will consider registering them for practice in their field of specialty.

Skills recognition

Specialist recognition

An overseas trained specialist must have specialist recognition from Medicare Australia if they want to be eligible for Medicare rebates at the higher specialist or consultant physician rates.