IMG Orientation Manual

This Orientation Manual has been developed by the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV) with funding from the Victorian Department of Health for IMGs who are new to Australia and who are entering hospital-based and general practice. It complements the PMCV Centralised IMG Orientation Program - Hitting the Ground Running and local site orientation of trainees to the workplace.

Content is aligned to the AMC Orientation Guidelines, and includes the following topics: Orientation to the Australian Health system, Communication and Cultural Safety, Orientation to the local jurisdiction, health services and facilities, Legislation and Professional practice and Living in Victoria.

The manual is reviewed annually via the consultation with a number of groups representing IMGs, employers and professional bodies. It is updated in June each year and is now currently in its 18th version (2019 edition).


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Centralised IMG Orientation Program - Hitting the Ground Running.

Target Audience

This program is open to International Medical Graduates employed or about to commence employment within the Australian health system (Hospital-based and General Practice).

This program is open to participants from all Australian states/territories.

Program Schedule for 2019

HTGR Dates 2019

 Please note: the 14 August program is now FULL and closed for registrations.

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This program  integrates all non-hospital/practice specific orientation content as defined in the AMC Orientation Guidelines (2007) and assists with the initial 3 month orientation reporting requirement to AHPRA / Medical Board of Australia (MBA).






Following the COAG decision in 2006 to establish a nationally consistent assessment of international medical graduates (IMGs), the Australian Medical Council (AMC) in their AMC Orientation Guidelines,  stated that it is the responsibility of the employer to provide, or source, a suitable orientation program and that the content of the orientation program should include:

  • Orientation to the Australian healthcare system
  • Communication and cultural safety
  • Orientation to the local jurisdiction; and its health services and facilities
  • Legislation and professional practice

All hospital/practice employers are required to submit a work performance report, including the orientation report to the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) confirming that the defined orientation content has been addressed, within 3 months of registration and employment for IMGs new to practice in the Australian healthcare system.

 pdf  Orientation report for IMGs with limited or provisional registration - ORIG-30

 pdf  Work performance report for IMGs with limited or provisional registration - WRIG-30

Orientation content should include but not be limited to the following: