Professional bodies

Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
The College is responsible for setting professional standards for training, assessment, certification and continuing professional development. It also plays an important role in supporting medical students and junior doctors considering a career in rural general practice.

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
AHPRA is the organisation responsible for the implementation of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme across Australia. It supports the 15 National Boards that are responsible for regulating the health professions.

Australian Medical Association (AMA)
The AMA promotes and protects the professional interests of doctors and the health care needs of patients and communities.

State or Territory AMAs may help OTDs seeking employment in Australia. Contact the AMA in your State or Territory for more information.

AMA New South Wales
AMA Northern Territory
AMA Queensland
AMA South Australia
AMA Tasmania
AMA Victoria
AMA Western Australia
AMA Australian Capital Territory

Australian Medical Council (AMC)
The AMC is the accreditation authority for the medical profession in Australia. One of its roles is to assess the knowledge, clinical skills and professional attributes of Overseas Trained Doctors (OTDs) seeking registration to practise in Australia via the standard pathway. The AMC also conducts primary source verification of medical qualifications for OTDs.

Confederation of Postgraduate Medical Education Councils
The Confederation of Postgraduate Medical Education Councils is a national body that develops monitors and evaluates postgraduate medical education.

State and Territory Postgraduate Medical Education Councils are typically concerned with the PGY1/intern year (and sometimes PGY2) accreditation of hospital training posts. Some are also very active in assisting overseas trained doctors. The level of involvement varies between States and Territories.

NSW Clinical Education and Training Institute
Northern Territory Postgraduate Medical Council
Postgraduate Medical Education Foundation of Queensland
Postgraduate Medical Council of Tasmania
Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria
Postgraduate Medical Council of Western Australia

Primary Health Networks

Medical Board of Australia (MBA)
The role of the MBA 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 OTDs (referred to as international medical graduates by the Medical Board of Australia) who wish to practise in Australia; and
  • approve accreditation standards and accredited courses of study.

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) is Australia’s largest professional general practice organisation and represents urban and rural general practitioners.
Rural Health Workforce Australia (RHWA)
RHWA is the peak body for the Rural Workforce Agencies. RWAs’ main focus is recruitment and retention of general practitioners (family physicians) in rural and remote areas of Australia.

Northern Territory

Northern Territory Primary Health Network

RWA New South Wales

New South Wales Rural Doctors Network

RWA Queensland

Health Workforce Queensland

RWA Victoria

Rural Workforce Agency Victoria

South Australia

Rural Doctors Workforce Agency
Telephone +61 8 8234 8277 (International) or 08 8234 8277 (in Australia)


HR+ Tasmania

RWA Western Australia

Western Australian Centre for Rural and Remote Medicine
Telephone: +61 8 6389 4500

Specialist Medical Colleges

Australasian College for Emergency Medicine
Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
Royal Australasian College of Physicians (including the Paediatrics and Child Health Division)
Australasian College of Dermatologists
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia
Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine
Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand
Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators
Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine

Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS)
Using the latest in aviation, medical and communications technology, delivered by a dedicated team of professionals, the RFDS provides both 24-hour emergency services and everyday essential health care to remote communities.

Medical Recruitment agencies

The Department of Health has removed the contact details for private recruitment agencies from this site, and will only provide contact details for not-for profit agencies that are directly funded by the department.