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Terms and concepts


Terms and concepts


Education > IMGs > Live and practice medicine in Australia > Glossary of key organisations
Last updated 30 March 2024

Organisation Responsibility
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)

A specialist medical college for general practice in Australia that:

  • set the standards for general practice
  • define education curricula
  • monitor the quality of education
  • conduct assessments for GPs in Australia.
Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) A medical college dedicated to rural and remote medicine. ACRRM trains and supports aspiring and experienced rural general practitioners (GPs) and rural generalists.
Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) Regulates all of Australia's health practitioners in partnership with the national boards. There is a national board for each health profession, including the Medical Board of Australia which has responsibility for all medical practitioners (including GPs)
Australian Medical Council (AMC) The national standards body responsible for medical education and training.  The AMC accredits medical schools and colleges and assesses individual international medical graduates (IMGs).
Medical Board of Australia (MBA) The Medical Board of Australia: 
  • registers medical practitioners and medical students
  • develops standards, codes and guidelines for the medical profession
  • investigates notifications and complaints about medical practitioners
  • where necessary, conducts panel hearings and refers serious matters to tribunal hearings
  • assesses international medical graduates (IMGs) who wish to practise in Australia
  • approves accreditation standards and accredited courses of study.
Rural Workforce Agencies

The Rural Workforce Agencies located  in every Australian state and the Northern Territory work with rural and remote communities to support quality, sustained health care.

Each RWA supports GPs, nursing, midwifery and allied health specialists, to make the transition to country practice. We deliver a range of Commonwealth-funded programs, grants and subsidies. We also offer a variety of professional development programs and events, plus wellbeing and social initiatives to value-add to a successful and rewarding life in Australia’s beautiful regions. Full offerings are available on each RWA website.

For recruitment advice and assistance, please contact the Rural Workforce Agency in the Australian state you are interested in working in. They can help you navigate through a complex international recruitment process, and will provide advice on any Commonwealth-funded program relevant to you, such as 3GA programs.

Please visit https://rwanetwork.com.au/ for each state’s contact details.