Application form for Specialist and/or Area of Need Assessment


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In Australia

On 10 November 2015, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) launched an online application system for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) to apply for the RACS Specialist and/or Area of Need Assessment Pathway.

The new web-based online form provides a streamlined application process for candidates. Paper-based applications will not be accepted after 10 November 2015.

The new online application system delivers:

  • clearer application requirements and categorization eligibility
  • a reduction in documents required
  • functionality that allows applicants to upload documents, save their application and login multiple times
  • a clear snapshot of application progress and outstanding requirements
  • automated reminders of approaching application deadlines and incomplete applications
  • ability to pay online


Before submitting an application for a Specialist and/or Area of Need assessment you must:

  1. Read the Guidelines for Applicants
  2. Read the Specialist Assessment of IMGs in Australia policy.
  3. Read the relevant specialty specific, Comparable Specialist Surgical Training and Exit Exam policy applicable to you.
  4. Read the Checklist for Specialist and/or Area of Need Assessment
  5. Apply directly to the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduate's (ECFMG) Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC) for verification of both primary and specialist qualification(s). 
  6. Complete an Australian Medical Council (AMC) online application to establish an AMC portfolio.
  7. Apply to RACS for a Specialist and/or AoN assessment. 

  Compatible Technologies

Operating systems and internet browsers

The online IMG application form for specialist and/or Area of Need assessment can be used on both PC and Apple tablets and computers.

It is best used with the following browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 9 & 10
  • Firefox 28.0 +
  • Chrome 33.0 +
  • Safari 5.1.7 +

There are known issues with IE 11 and it is not supported in the current release.


If you are having trouble logging on to the application form, please contact the HelpDesk on +61 3 9276 7417 or email

For further information regarding the online application forms, call +61 3 9249 1112 or email

Click here to access the online Application Form

In New Zealand

In New Zealand, International Medical Graduates (IMGs) must submit applications to practice medicine to the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ). Application forms are available on the MCNZ website.