The AMC purpose and constitution
The AMC’s purpose is to ensure that standards of education, training and assessment of the medical profession promote and protect the health of the Australian community.
The Australian Medical Council (AMC) is an independent national standards body for medical education and training.
The objects to the AMC are:
A. to improve health through advancing the quality and delivery of medical education and training associated with the provision of health services in Australia and New Zealand;
B. to develop accreditation standards, policies and procedures for medical programs of study based predominantly in Australia and New Zealand, for prevocational supervised practise in Australia, and for assessment of international medical graduates for registration in Australia;
C. to assess programs of study and/or supervised practice based predominantly in Australia and New Zealand leading to registration of the graduates or participants of those programs to practise medicine in Australia to determine whether the programs meet approved accreditation standards, and to make recommendations for improvement of those programs;
D. to assess education providers based predominantly in Australia and New Zealand that provide programs of study leading to registration of the graduates of those programs to practise medicine in Australia, to determine whether the providers meet approved accreditation standards;
E. to assess authorities in other countries that conduct examinations for registration in medicine, or that accredit programs of study relevant to registration in medicine, to decide whether persons who successfully complete the examinations or programs of study conducted or accredited by those authorities should have the knowledge, clinical skills and professional attributes necessary to practise medicine in Australia;
F. to assess, or oversee the assessment of, the knowledge, clinical skills and professional attributes of overseas qualified medical practitioners who are seeking registration in medicine under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and whose qualifications are not approved qualifications under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law for medicine;
G. to assess the case for the recognition of new medical specialties;
H. to act as an external accreditation entity for the purposes of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law;
I. to advise and make recommendations to Federal, State and Territory governments, the Australian Health Workforce Advisory Council, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, the Medical Board of Australia and State and Territory boards of the Medical Board of Australia, and any other state and territory medical regulatory authorities in relation to:
- matters concerning accreditation or accreditation standards for the medical profession;
- matters concerning the registration of medical practitioners;
- matters concerning the assessment of overseas qualifications of medical practitioners;
- matters concerning the recognition of overseas qualifications of medical practitioners; and
- the recognition of medical specialties
J. to work with international health, education, accreditation and testing authorities and agencies to bring about improvement in standards of medical education and assessment; and
K. to do all such matters as are ancillary to, convenient for or which foster or promote the advancement of matters that are the subject of these objects.
The Australian Medical Council Limited Constitution as amended at the Annual General Meeting 12 June 2020 is available here.
The AMC does not:
- register doctors, which is a function of the Medical Board of Australia (MBA)
- have responsibility for medical employment in Australia
- make decisions regarding Australia’s medical workforce
- process applications for medical training in Australia
- provide continuing medical education courses or other medical training.