Pre-Employment Structured Clinical Interview (PESCI)

Registration requirements

Since the introduction of National Registration on 1 July 2010 the responsibility for registration has been taken over by the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is administered by a Registration Committee of the Medical Board of Australia in each state.

The Registration Committee will require some candidates entering General Practice to successfully complete a PESCI as a pre-requisite to being considered for conditional registration in their state or territory.

RACGP currently delivers the PESCI in three states: South Australia, Tasmania and New South Wales.

What is a PESCI?

The PESCI is conducted to assess that the applicant has the knowledge, skills and experience to practice safely and effectively in the particular general practice position for which limited registration is sought.

The PESCI is an evaluation for suitability for a particular position. It is not an examination nor an assessment of an international medical graduate’s overall performance.


The candidate will be responsible for their personal travelling expenses to attend the face-to-face interview.



PESCI interview


PESCI review

50% of full PESCI fee

PESCI appeal


Fees are subject to CPI increase.

All fees are payable upon lodgment of application.

Payment options

An invoice will be provided for payment, upon successful application.

Payment instructions are provided in the invoice. 

The following documents must be submitted. Incomplete submitted documentation will not be processed.

To be completed by applicant:

  • Application form Pre-employment Questionnaire for each job offer
  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) formatted Curriculum Vitae
  • A copy of the passport details page
  • EICS verification / EPIC (Nominate RACGP to view your verification through the AMC Candidate Portal)
  • Performance in the AMC CAT MCQ examination assessment
  • English test passed within the last two years OR current AHPRA registration
  • If applying for Provisional registration, please also provide proof of completed AMC Clinical component.

To be completed by practice representative (read and signed by applicant)

  • Position description (RACGP format)
  • AHPRA Supervised Practice Plan (SPPA -30) for each job offer

Each document is to be submitted as a PDF file labelled clearly, via email.

Incomplete application will not be processed.

Successful application will be advised via email.

Application must be submitted before availability is advised. Once a completed application is processed, the candidate will be contacted to schedule an interview date.

Candidates should be prepared to undertake PESCI from the time application is lodged.

Once the candidate has received their confirmation letter outlining date and time of their interview they may request a reschedule of their interview if a written request is received within 5 working days of receiving the confirmation letter.

If a request is received after the 5 working days then an administration fee of $300 will be charged.

Candidates cannot reschedule interviews within 21 working days of their scheduled interview.

If a candidate wishes to cancel their interview after having received their confirmation letter, a request must be received in writing no later than 21 days prior to scheduled PESCI to the relevant Faculty. A 50% refund will be issued.

If requests for cancellations are received 21 days or less prior to the interview date, a refund will not be issued.

Refunds will only be issued to the account that the payment was received from.

Candidates who have been deemed unsuitable may, at any time after receiving their outcome, submit a new application to present for PESCI again.  The full PESCI fee will apply.  Such candidates may wish to seek recommendations from the panel of their previous PESCI to assist with preparation.

The interview panel comprises of three general practitioners (two panelists and a chairperson). The panel may also include a community member or a health professional.

A PESCI consists of questions and cases asked by the panel to enable the candidate to demonstrate their knowledge and skills as outlined in their CV and in consideration to the proposed position description. The interviewers will provide guidance on what interaction is expected at each stage of the process. The time allocated for the interview is approximately 60 - 90 minutes.

The interview is designed to assess the candidate’s capacity in each of the following areas, as appropriate:

  • medical interviewing skills;
  • physical examination skills;
  • clinical judgement;
  • treatment/advice;
  • communication skills;
  • professionalism;
  • procedural skills;
  • relevant social and cultural needs.

Interviews (face-to-face) are regularly conducted in South Australia, New South Wales and Tasmania only. It is recommended that candidates apply to sit the PESCI in the state/territory in which they are seeking employment.

All Interviews will be audio recorded.

The PESCI Outcome report to the candidate, will be emailed to the candidate and the work sponsor / employer.

The PESCI report to the Medical Board of Australia will be sent to AHPRA directly.

These reports will be made available to the relevant parties within 10 working days from the date of interview

A request for a PESCI Review must be received at the Faculty in writing by the IMG and eligibility is dependent upon individual circumstances, as to whether or not a review is possible or a new PESCI is required.

Please note: A PESCI Review is not applicable for a change of practice, as per AHPRA guidelines.

The panel will determine if a review based on documentation provided is sufficient, or if a full PESCI interview is required. The cost of a PESCI Review is 50% of the full PESCI fee. A PESCI Review can only be requested if a candidate was found suitable in their original PESCI.

A candidate may appeal a PESCI recommendation, but only on the basis of procedural errors. Appeals on the basis of substantive matters or recommendation outcomes will be dismissed; recommendations cannot be overturned or amended by the appeal panel. Appeals must be in writing and received by the RACGP within 10 working days of the date of the PESCI Outcome report, along with an administration fee of $1000. Appeals are heard by an independent appeals panel. Candidates may not attend the appeal, however may provide a submission in support of their appeal. Candidates will be notified of the appeal outcome promptly following a decision. If successful, the administration fee is refundable, and candidates may be required to re-sit their PESCI (usually, at no charge).

NSW&ACT assesses ONLY applications for job offers in NSW or ACT.

SA assesses ONLY applications for job offers in SA or VIC.

TAS assesses ONLY applications for job offers in Tasmania.

RACGP Tasmania

Level 1 ABC Centre
1-7 Liverpool Street
Hobart Tas 7000

(03) 6234 2200
(03) 6234 2344 (fax)


'College House'
15 Gover Street
North Adelaide SA 5006

(08) 8267 8310
(08) 8267 8319 (fax)


Level 7, 12 Mount Street
North Sydney NSW 2060

(02) 9886 4700
(02) 9886 4790 (fax)

Related documents

 PESCI application form (PDF 1.4 MB)

 PESCI Position description (DOC 279 KB)