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Requirements to practise

In order to practise medicine in Queensland and/or Australia wide, medical practitioners are required to be registered with the Medical Board of Australia (MBA).

There are a range of different types of registration and details are available at Medical Board of Australia (MBA).

Australian or New Zealand trained graduates are typically eligible for one of the following types of registration:

The MBA has developed registration standards in relation to the expected level of :

  • english language proficiency
  • recency of practise
  • continuing professional development
  • professional indemnity insurance
  • criminal history.

These standards define the requirements that applicants and registrants need to meet to be registered.

If you have not been awarded the full Australian Medical Council Certificate or full Specialist recognition with an Australian medical speciality college you may be eligible for Limited Registration.

International Medical Graduates

International medical graduates, who have not completed their primary medical degree in Australia or New Zealand may be eligible for limited registration with the MBA.

To be eligible for limited or provisional registration you must meet the criteria of one of the following three pathways: 

For further information please consult the Medical Board of Australia.

Credentialing and scope of clinical practice

Certain medical practitioners and dentists working in Queensland Health are required to go through a process to verify their credentials and to have a defined scope of clinical practice.

Read the guide to best practice (PDF, 2.32MB) which provides examples of which medical practitioners and dentists require credentialing and scope of clinical practice, and a framework for local processes.

You can also refer to:

For more information about the credentialing process (for medical officers and dentists) contact

Last updated: 3 July 2015