Practice in Australia

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.

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

Specialist assessment fees

There are fees at each stage of the specialist assessment and area of need assessment processes. OTPs should be aware of the required fees before applying to the RACP. All fees are non-refundable.

Interim assessment of an applicant’s comparability with an Australian trained physician:

  • OTP Application Submission Fee – payable on submission of an OTP application for specialist assessment.
  • OTP Assessment of Comparability Fee – payable before interview arrangements are progressed.

Ongoing assessment if an applicant commences their specialist assessment requirements:

  • OTP Work-Based Assessment Annual Fee – payable annually before commencement of top up training (if required) and peer review. (Does not apply to all OTPs)
  • Area of Need Assessment Fee – payable on submission of an area of need application.
  • Practice Visit Fee – payable only if the RACP determines that a practice visit is required as part of an applicant’s specialist assessment. (Does not apply to all OTPs)
Interim assessment decision only Substantially comparable
(fees for specialist assessment requirements)
Partially comparable
(fees for specialist assessment requirements)
Application submission fee* 999.90 999.90 999.90
Assessment of comparability fee* 5,637.50 5,637.50 5,637.50
Fee payable before interview is arranged.
Annual work based assessment fee**
Year 1
N/A 4,379.10 4,379.10
Fee payable before top up training commences.
Annual work based assessment fee**
Year 2
N/A N/A 4,379.10
Fee payable before peer review commences.
Total 6,637.40 11,016.50 15,395.60
These fees are a total estimate of each stage of assessment.
Additional Fees
Interim assessment decision only Substantially comparable
(fees for specialist assessment requirements)
Partially comparable
(fees for specialist assessment requirements)
Areas of need (AON) application submission fee N/A 1,875.50 1,875.50
Only applicable if you are applying for an AON position.
Practice visit** N/A 3,132.80 3,132.80
Fee incurred if a visit is required during peer review.
The RACP may require a practice visit for some applicants during practice under peer review. All stated fees (except examinations) include GST (10%) and are valid until 31 December 2019.
*GST (10%) is not applicable for these fees if an applicant is residing overseas.
**GST always applies to these services as they must be received by the applicant in Australia.

For more information about about all RACP fees, see Membership Fees.

Applying 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

Specialist assessment of overseas trained physicians and paediatricians - guidelines for applicants

RACP policy on assessment of overseas trained physicians and paediatricians

Important RACP information for dual trained speicalists applying for assessment with RANZCR and RACP

Application forms

Specialist Assessment of Overseas Trained Physicians and Paediatricians (Australia)

Area of need

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