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.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices and names of people who have passed away.

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The Australian Medical Council (AMC) develops standards for all phases of medical education and training. In its accreditation processes, it assesses education providers and their medical programs and/ or processes against these standards and monitors them to ensure they continue to meet the standards. AMC accreditation processes apply to:

  • Primary medical education programs provided by university medical schools.
  • The internship, the first year after medical school, which is a year of supervised work based training.
  • Specialist medical training programs; the education providers for these programs are national specialist medical colleges.
  • Programs for endorsement of registration of medical practitioners for acupuncture.
  • Programs for endorsement of registration of medical practitioners for cosmetic surgery.
  • Continuing professional development (CPD) homes.

AMC processes entail both validating that standards are met and quality improvement to promote high standards of medical education, stimulate self-analysis and assist the organisation under review to achieve its objectives. Accreditation is conducted in a collegiate manner involving consultation, advice, and feedback to the organisation under review.

Using a peer review process, AMC expert assessment teams assess medical training programs and their providers against the approved accreditation standards, and grants accreditation when standards are met. Education providers and medical programs that meet the standards are granted accreditation.

The AMC has developed a series of videos, including interviews with experienced AMC assessors and office bearers, that describe the different aspects of the accreditation cycle and process, and how accreditation contributes to improving the standard of medical education and training in Australia.

The Context of AMC Accreditation

The AMC Accreditation Process

The Role of the AMC Assessment Team


Developing a Purposeful Accreditation Submission

Decoding the Accreditation Visit

Constructing the Accreditation Report

The Governance of AMC Accreditation

The Purpose of AMC Accreditation

Evaluation of AMC processes and standards

The AMC regularly reviews its own accreditation and recognition processes, standards and criteria through:

  • feedback from AMC expert teams and institutions undergoing accreditation or recognition
  • reports by AMC team chairs
  • regularly reviewing government policy and health services developments which effect clinical training
  • periodically establishing working parties to review standards and procedures with extensive stakeholder consultation
  • networking with other regional, national, international medical education standard setting & accreditation agencies
  • regular review against national and international standards for good practice in accreditation.

For further enquiries about the accreditation process please contact us via our Contact Form.

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