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International Medical Graduates (IMGs) form a significant proportion of the prevocational trainee hospital workforce in Victoria. This has been recognised by the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV), with the establishment of an IMG Committee as one of its core committees to oversee the workforce and training needs of IMGs practising medicine in Victorian hospitals. The PMCV, with funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has developed a number of initiatives to support recruitment, orientation, supervision, assessment and early integration of IMGs.

The IMG section of this website has been designed to provide information and support for doctors who are interested in working, or are currently working in Victoria and who have obtained their primary medical qualification outside of Australia. It is also intended to assist Victorian public hospital staff involved in IMG supervision and supporting roles, for example: IMG principal supervisors; Medical Education Officers (MEOs); and other clinical supervisors.

Registration, medical qualifications and visa information

The PMCV does not have any role to play with regard to  facilitating  the entry of medical practitioners to Australia (permanent or temporary) or obtaining registration to practice medicine. Information relating to immigration (residency and visas), medical qualifications and registration can be found via:

Department of Home Affairs

Medical Board Australia (MBA)

Australian Medical Council (AMC)

Skilled Visa Changes 2018

NB: Changes to the Skilled Visa programs came into effect on 18 March 2018.

No further applications under the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) program can be lodged, with the new TSS visa online forms available for use since 18 March 2018

The below is a link to the Department of Home Affairs skilled visa newsletter outlining changes as they are introduced:

View here 

IMG Employment Pathways - Overview

International medical graduates (IMGs) whose medical qualifications are from a medical school outside of Australia or New Zealand and who are seeking registration to practice medicine in Victoria must provide evidence of eligibility to undertake one of the following 3 assessment pathways.

View pathways

IMG Orientation and Support

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.

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

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

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

PMCV IMG Orientation Manual

PMCV Hitting the Ground Running (HTGR) - IMG Orientation Program

This program is open to International Medical Graduates employed or about to commence employment within the Australian health system (Hospital-based and General Practice) and covers the orientation content required for completion of the 3 month orientation report (ORIG 30) to the Medical Board of Australia (MBA).

Program Information and Registration