Five Year International Medical Graduates Recruitment Scheme

Five Year International Medical Graduates Recruitment Scheme

Gain valuable general practice experience in the NT as an overseas trained medical practitioner.


The 5-year International Medical Graduates (IMGs) Recruitment Scheme provides incentives for qualified and experienced overseas trained doctors (OTDs) to work in the Northern Territory.

Benefits for IMGs

The scheme offers a reduction in the 10 year moratorium on provider number restrictions of OTDs under Section 19AB of the Health Insurance Act 1973. Participation in the scheme reduces this time restriction to as little as 3 years, depending on the location.

The Delegate to the Minister for Health will grant an exemption without geographical restrictions to participating doctors who have satisfied the following requirements of the scheme, which are to:

  • complete the required term of service in a location deemed eligible for the scheme
  • attain Fellowship with either the RACGP or ACRRM
  • attain permanent residency and/or Australian citizenship.

Eligibility criteria

IMG/FGAMS wishing to participate on the scheme must meet the following criteria: 

  • hold or obtain appropriate registration with the Medical Board of Australia
  • are able to obtain a Medicare Provider Number at the relevant practice/town
  • intend to seek or currently possess permanent residency and/or Australian Citizenship
  • will be providing at least 7 sessions a week as part of their placement
  • intend to join or currently participating in a relevant general practice or rural generalist training pathway that will enable them to gain specialist qualifications while working in the chosen practice for the length of their Scheme agreement.

How do I apply?

Please check the Department of Health guidelines to see if you’re eligible.

To apply for this scheme, email one of our Health Workforce Coordinators at

More information


If you’re interested in participating in the IMG Scheme, email us today:

Department of Health

To learn more about the IMG scheme, visit the Australian Government’s Department of Health’s website.