The Australian Medical Council is an organisation whose work impacts across the lands of Australia and New Zealand.
The Australian Medical Council acknowledges the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the original Australians and the Māori People as the tangata whenua (Indigenous) Peoples of Aotearoa (New Zealand). We recognise them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.
We pay our respects to them and to their Elders, both past, present and emerging, and we recognise their enduring connection to the lands we live and work on, and honour their ongoing connection to those lands, its waters and sky.
The workplace based assessment (WBA) pathway is an alternative to the AMC clinical exam component of the assessment pathway for international medical graduates. A WBA program is a structured program (generally with a duration of 12 months, but no less than six months) of on-the-job assessment. It tests if the candidate has adequate and the appropriate set of clinical skills and the professional qualities to practice safely within the Australian healthcare environment and cultural setting. Successful candidates are awarded the AMC Certificate which provides a qualification for general registration.
As the accreditation authority for medicine, the AMC develops standards for WBA programs and certifies providers to conduct workplace-based assessment programs against the accreditation standards.
The AMC uses accreditation standards to assess WBA programs for accreditation and to monitor programs and providers to ensure that they continue to meet the standards.
The standards for WBA programs cover:
Note that WBA candidates must be able to be assessed in the performance of work across a range of clinical areas. If the program is proposing to take candidates with an employment contract in a single post/setting, additional arrangements may need to be made for the candidate to work and be assessed in the full range of clinical areas. To support this, a health service may apply for accreditation individually, or as part of an arrangement with other local hospitals and/or general practices.
Existing WBA providers offer experience that is valuable to new applicants. Therefore, applicants are advised to engage with established AMC-accredited WBA programs in advance of their submission.
Review the list of current accredited WBA providers.
The WBA Resource Guide provides relevant information and advice on how to set-up a WBA program.
Access the WBA Resource Guide.