Please review the Eligibility Criteria to ensure you meet the requirements before making an application to be assessed as a Specialist in Australia.

SIMGs wishing to practice in New Zealand as a specialist should read Applying in New Zealand on the New Zealand Committee page for full information on the process and key dates to apply for assessment for recognition to practice in New Zealand.

Eligibility Criteria


To be eligible to apply for assessment with RANZCOG applicants must:

  • hold a primary degree in medicine and surgery issued by a medical school listed in the WHO publication World Dictionary of Medical Schools, and recognised by the Australian Medical Council (AMC)
  • have completed formal post-graduate training in obstetrics and gynaecology  
  • have obtained specialist recognition from a recognised college or equivalent body and provide evidence of specialist recognition
  • have participated in a continuing professional development program since obtaining the specialist qualification
  • have recency of practice in the relevant scope of practice
  • demonstrate they have the necessary English language skills for the purpose of registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA).

It is critical that applicants provide information and evidentary documentation to demonstrate that their training meets the Colleges expectation that:

  • The program was a structured postgraduate course of at least five (5) years duration with published standards that are comparable to that of the FRANZCOG Training Program.
  • There has been a documented and systematic in-training assessment system incorporating regular, ongoing formative and summative performance-based assessments, examinations and other assessments comparable to those undertaken by FRANZCOG trainees.
  • Entry into the program was via a competitive process.
  • ​The program was accredited against published standards by an external body and was subjected to assessment for reaccreditation at regular intervals.

Applicants must also provide documentary evidence of post-training experience, including:

  • current registration as a Specialist in O&G
  • recency of practice of the full Obstetrics and Gynaecology scope of practice 
  • clinical expertise in the relevant Scope of Practice
  • academic abilities
  • professional qualities.

Please refer to the FRANZCOG Curriculum for guidance on the full Obstetrics and Gynaecology scope of practice.

Application Forms

This application is to be used by applicants to the:

  • SIMG Generalist pathway
  • Area of Need position approval

Applicants should read the instructions on the cover of the application form to ensure that their application is completed correctly. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide documentary evidence that they meet specified criteria. Please note all applications must be sent via email to [email protected] 

All applications must be accompanied by the applicant's Curriculum Vitae using this template:

All applications must include a Logbook summary using this template:

The Assessment Process

The RANZCOG SIMG assessment process is as follows:

Initial Paper-based Assessment

The assessment process begins with an initial paper-based assessment of the SIMG's application. This assessment is conducted by at least two senior Fellows of the College who are on the SIMG Assessor Panel. The assessment will determine if an applicant is eligible to attend an SIMG assessment interview and is based on the information provided in the application.

Interview (Interim Assessment)

The SIMG Assessment Interview is conducted by at least four members of the SIMG Assessment Panel, including a Consumer Representative. The aim of the interview is to explore training and experience, as documented in an application, as well as to gain insight into the applicant's understanding of the Australian healthcare system and culture.

Interview Outcomes

The outcome of the interview for applicants to the Generalist O&G pathway will be one of the following:

Substantially Comparable to an Australian or New Zealand-trained specialist 

Applicants who are assessed as Substantially Comparable will need to complete a period of supervision of up to 12 months to be eligible to apply for Fellowship of the College.

Partially Comparable to an Australian or New Zealand-trained specialist

Applicants who are assessed as Partially Comparable will be required to complete a period of between 12-24 months of supervised training and assessment, including the FRANZCOG examinations.

Not Comparable to an Australian or New Zealand-trained specialist

Applicants who are assessed as neither substantially comparable nor partially comparable will need to consider the option of obtaining the AMC certificate and then applying to enter the FRANZCOG Training Program at Year 1.



You can view the current list of fees under SIMG Fees on the Fees page.

Interview Dates

The following interview dates have been scheduled for 2019.

  • Tuesday 23 July

  • Friday 6 September

  • Tuesday 12 November

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Assessment of International Qualifications

How do I apply for recognition?


Apply to the Australian Medical Council (AMC) for Primary Source Verification (PSV) of your qualifications 


Apply directly to the College for assessment using the Application to be Assessed for Recognition as a Specialist form Application to be Assessed for Recognition as a Specialist

What if I didn't have a logbook during my training?

You can provide a summary of the type and numbers of procedures completed during training and/or recent practice.

Who should I use as referees?

Your three (3) referees should be people with whom you have worked in the past 2 years in a professional capacity. One referee must be a current supervisor or colleague where you are currently working. Please note referees must be currently working as an Obstetrician and gynecologists.  

What's the difference between Specialist assessment and AoN application?

The main aim of the AoN assessment process is to determine the applicant's suitability for the specified position, in a designated Area of Need. AoNs are determined by States and Territories, and can be any location in which there is a lack of specialists or where there are specialist positions that remain unfilled after local recruitment efforts.

The Area of Need (AoN) process aims to meet gaps in service delivery, primarily in rural areas where there is an acute shortage of practitioners, including obstetricians and gynaecologists. The process enables hospitals to obtain the services of Specialist IMGs (SIMG) once a post has been declared an AoN position.

This is different to the specialist recognition process where an IMG is assessed for comparability to the skills, qualifications and experience of an Australian-trained obstetrician and gynaecologist specialist.

The interview

Can the interview be via phone or video-conference?

All interviews are conducted face to face at College House in Melbourne.

How should I prepare for the interview?

As the purpose of the interview is to assist the College in assessing the comparability of your qualifications, training and experience to those of an Australian trained obstetrician & gynaecologist, you may wish to familiarise yourself with the College's specialist training program and curriculum.This may help you understand the scope of knowledge, skills and practice expected of obstetric and gynaecological specialists in Australia and New Zealand. When you are invited to the interview you will also be given access to the on-line learning modules which are available to local trainees

How long will the interview take?

Interviews will normally take between 60 and 90 minutes. 

What is the format of the interview?

The interview is conducted by a panel of Assessors appointed by the SIMG Assessment Committee, usually three Fellows and a Community Representative. It is designed to elicit a thorough understanding of your training and experience in obstetrics and gynaecology. You will also be asked to consider and respond to a number of vignettes (scenarios) in obstetrics and gynaecology. These questions enable the panel to assess your interaction with patients and your awareness of cultural and medico-legal issues encountered in Australia.

Interview outcomes

Who notifies the appropriate government bodies of the assessment outcome?

RANZCOG uploads the outcome on to the AMC Portal.

What if I am dissatisfied with a College decision?

Area of Need (AoN)

How do I find an Area of Need (AoN) position?

You must apply directly to the hospitals in the area where you wish to work or contact a recruitment agency.


Can I access Medicare item numbers and rebates?

Please contact Medicare via the Department of Human Services website, or see more information online at:

How do I acquire a Provider Number?

Find more information about provider numbers on the Department of Human Services website for Health professionals:

More information

For more information regarding applications to the RANZCOG SIMG pathways to Fellowship, please contact the Specialist Internationl Medical Graduates team.

Email: [email protected]



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