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GP Qualifications Australia

What qualifications do you need to work as a General Practitioner in Australia?

The Fellowship of the Royal Australian and College of General Practitioners (RACGP) or Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) are the Specialist qualifications required to be vocationally recognised as a GP in Australia.

ACCRM offers a range of pathways to work as a GP in Australia with a focus on rural and remote practice.

The RACGP Practice Experience Pathway (PEP) – Standard Stream is the preferred route for most GPs seeking vocational recognition in Australia.

The following qualifications have been pre-assessed as eligible for comparability assessment:

  • Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners, UK
  • Membership of the Irish College of General Practitioners
  • Fellowship of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners
  • Certification in the College of Family Physicians of Canada
  • Certificate of Specific Training for General Practice Sweden
  • Certificate of Specific Training for General Practice Netherlands
  • Specialist in Family and Community Medicine, Spain
  • Specialist in Family Medicine, Malta

If you hold a different qualification, you will need to apply for a portfolio assessment and be found eligible before you can apply for a comparability assessment.


Comparability Assessment

Once you apply for comparability assessment, you will receive an outcome of substantially, partially or not comparable. You will need to meet all the criteria in order to be found substantially or partially comparable, including recency of practice and CPD requirements.

Substantially comparable doctors have been assessed as suitable to undertake the intended scope of practice, taking full responsibility for all patients, with limited oversight of their practice by a supervisor (peer review).  They are required to achieve Fellowship within 12 months FTE of work in the approved job.

Partially comparable doctors have been assessed as suitable to undertake a defined scope of practice in a supervised capacity and reach comparability within 24 months of FTE practice. They are required to achieve Fellowship within 24 months FTE of work in the approved job. This includes the successful completion of the RACGP Fellowship exams.

Our expert in-house Regulatory and Migration team will guide you through each and every step of all the registration and visa processes.


New Zealand

What qualifications do you need to work as a General Practitioner in New Zealand?

The two main pathways for medical registration as a GP in New Zealand are as follows:

Competent Authority pathway

To be eligible to apply for this pathway you must:

• hold a primary medical degree from a university medical school accredited by the UK or Ireland; and

• hold full or general registration in the UK or Ireland, or

• have completed your internship within the UK or Irish jurisdictions, and satisfy the Council’s English language requirements.

Comparable Health

To be eligible to apply for this pathway you must:

• have worked in a comparable health system for a minimum of 30 hours per week for at least 33 out of the last 48 months (for at least 30 hours per week); and

• hold full or general registration in the comparable health system; and

• have proposed employment in New Zealand in the same or a similar area of medicine and at a similar level of responsibility to the work you have been doing in a comparable health system* for the last 33 out of 48 months.

The following countries are deemed to be in a comparable health system:

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States of America.

Both pathways lead to the attainment of provisional general registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand, which requires you to work as a GP under the supervision of a registered General Practitioner for at least the first 6 months before you can progress to a general scope of practice.


If you have further questions about the qualifications required to work in Australia or New Zealand, please register your details and we will be in touch.