Australian Medical Council (AMC)

The Australian Medical Council (AMC) as an independent national standards body assesses medical courses and training places, decides on the International Medical Graduates qualifications of those that wish to practice in Australia. The council in turn advises the Medical Licensing board on medical registration and advises the Australian Government on the registration of medical specialties. The AMC assesses all internationally trained doctors wishing to work as a medical practitioner in Australia and decides on the registration pathway that you are most likely to be registered under.

The AMC also conducts the examinations you may need to pass in order to become eligible to work in Australia.

Australian Medical Council (AMC) examinations

You will need to sit these examinations if you need to be registered on the Standard Pathway. These are the Part 1 – Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) and the Part 2 – Clinical Examination Questions (CEX).

You will find more information about these exams from the AMC CAT MCQ Examination and AMC Clinical Examination sections of the AMC website.

The standard of the examination is set at the level of a graduating Australian medical student.

You will also find access to an MCQ Trial Examination from the AMC website. There is a fee of Aus$25 for this trial examination that is completed on line within 83 minutes of starting. This is a good place to test whether or not you are likely to pass the first examination and be eligible to work as a doctor in Australia. 

The AMC MCQ Trial Examination includes a selection of 50 multiple-choice questions from the AMC Handbook of Multiple Choice Questions. Click here

Responsibilities  of the Medical Board of Australia

The Medical Board of Australia is responsible for your medical registration as the authority of the Commonwealth of Australia making sure doctors maintain professional standards and practises.

The Medical Board of Australia is an authority of the Commonwealth of Australia established to protect the community and guide the medical profession. The Board does this by making sure doctors maintain professional standards and practise medicine safely.

There are different categories of registration for internationally trained doctors working in Australia and they affect how and where you will work. These are called the pathways.

These pathways reflect the work that you have undertaken in the past, where you obtained your degree from and the purpose of your work in Australia.

The Australian Medical Council suggests the correct pathway for your registration when you submit your paperwork for verification of your basic degree and pass this information onto the Medical Board of Australia.

International Credentials Services (EICS) (

Primary-source verification is a rigorous, multi-step process that ECFMG employs to ensure the integrity and authenticity of a physician’s medical education credentials.

The AMC verifies your medical qualifications via the International Credentials Service (EICS verification). The information from this process will be passed onto the Australian medical council to confirm your eligibility for medical registration in the State you wish to practice.

When ECFMG receives a credential issued by a medical school, it first reviews the credential and compares it to sample primary-source verified documents from its Medical Credentials Reference Library to confirm that it is consistent with the format of credentials issued by the medical school. If the credential is determined to be consistent with verified samples, ECFMG will communicate directly with the issuing institution to request verification of the credential’s authenticity.

Once ECFMG receives this verification, another review is conducted to confirm that the verification meets ECFMG’s standards. ECFMG only accepts verifications directly from the issuing institution.

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