Overseas trained physicians and paediatricians in Australia

Can I work as a physician or paediatrician in Australia if I have completed my specialist training overseas?

All overseas trained physicians (OTPs) who wish to practise in Australia need to complete a specialist assessment with the RACP. If you have secured an area of need position, you will also require an Area of Need assessment.

Before you can practise, the RACP will assess your training, experience, recent practice and continuing professional development to determine whether all of these components together will enable you to practise at the level of an Australian trained physician or paediatrician. 

The RACP assesses overseas trained physicians and paediatricians in all specialty areas for which the College provides training. If you cannot find your specialty, another Australasian medical college may assess it. 

The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) publishes an annual report on specialist medical colleges specialist pathway data. The report provides information on applicants’ comparability to Australian trained specialists including the number of overseas trained physicians assessed by the RACP each year by specialty, country and level of comparability.

In addition, the Australian Government publishes national health workforce data and statistics including the distribution of clinicians by state, the number of new fellows and vocational trainees and a workforce dynamic indicator that highlights areas of concern in the future. 

To find your specialty workforce data fact sheet, visit the Australian Government Health Workforce Data.

What are the stages of specialist assessment?

Initial assessment

RACP assesses your application and determines the requirements you will need to complete to become recognised as a specialist in Australia

Approximately 3-9 months

Ongoing assessment

complete the requirements determined by your initial assessment decision to become recognised as a specialist

Approximately 6 months to 4 years, as set out by the Medical Board of Australia (MBA)

Final assessment

RACP will decide whether you have successfully completed your requirements for specialist assessment. If successful, the RACP will recommend you for specialist registration

Approximately 2 months

What does specialist assessment cost?

There are fees to pay at each stage of the specialist assessment process. The specialist assessment fees information sheet sets out:

  • the fees payable at each stage of the specialist assessment process
  • an indication of the total fees payable to complete the specialist assessment process.

Find out more about the fees for specialist assessment and area of need assessment in Australia at Membership Fees.

How do I apply for specialist assessment or area of need assessment?

Before applying for specialist assessment or area or need assessment, read the below documents and submit the relevant application form(s) to the OTP Unit at OTP@racp.edu.au

Contact us

Email OTP@racp.edu.au

Adult Medicine and Chapters: (+61) 2 8247 6205 or (+61) 2 8076 6352

Paediatrics & Child Health and Faculties: (+61) 2 8247 6206

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