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Overview of the National Framework

The revised National Framework for Prevocational (PGY1 and PGY2) Medical Training has been published. 

Updated National Framework documents are available in the link below.

The AMC has conducted a comprehensive review of all the elements of the National Framework for Prevocational (PGY1 & PGY2) Medical Training.  

PGY1 is to be implemented in 2024.  

PGY2 may be implemented in either 2024 or 2025. The PGY2 components may be implemented across a jurisdiction at the same time or Postgraduate Medical Councils and health services may decide that some health services will implement PGY2 in 2024 and others in 2025.

Information and documents on this page remain relevant throughout 2023.


Overview of the national framework

In 2014, the Australian Medical Council (AMC) implemented a national framework for medical internship on behalf of the Medical Board of Australia. The new framework marked a major step towards greater national consistency in intern training. This development was made possible by the introduction of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, which replaced state-based regulation of medical practitioners with national registration by the Medical Board of Australia. 

The National Framework is a suite of documents that link to and provide guidance related to the registration standard on granting general registration to Australian and New Zealand medical graduates on completion of internship . 

Components of the National Framework

Training & Assessment
Outcomes and assessment
Training environment
Requirements for programs and terms
Quality assurance
AMC accreditation of PMCs

Documents of the National Framework

1. Training and assessment – outcomes and assessment processes for interns
Document Part Description
Intern training – Intern outcome statements

States the broad and significant outcomes that interns should achieve by the end of their programs. These statements link to the term assessment form.  Last revised 2014.

Intern training – Term assessment form

A nationally available term assessment form designed to facilitate assessment against the intern outcome statements. Last revised 2014.

Versions of the revised Intern training – term assessment form:

Intern training – assessment form colour version (PDF 365KB)

Intern training – assessment form black and white version (PDF 350KB)

Intern training – assessment form Microsoft Word version (986KB)

Improving performance action plan (IPAP) template:

Improving performance action plan template colour version  (PDF 342KB)

Improving performance action plan template Microsoft Word version (83.0KB)

Intern training – Assessing and certifying completion

Contains the national standards relating to assessment, good assessment practice principles, and outlines remediation processes that would satisfy the national requirements. Last revised 2014.

2. Training environment – requirements for intern training programs and terms
Document Part Description
Intern training – National standards for programs

Outlines the requirements for processes, systems and resources that contribute to good quality intern training. Last reviewed December 2016. Changes made to clarify expectations about junior doctor wellbeing and processes for responding to known patient safety issues.

Intern training – National guidelines for terms

Outlines the experience that interns should obtain during terms. It builds on the Medical Board of Australia’s registration standard.

Guide to Intern Training

Contains information about intern training, including the program structure, supervision, assessment, completion, and how junior doctors can get involved in their training. Last reviewed December 2016. Changes made to clarify expectations about junior doctor wellbeing and processes for responding to known patient safety issues.

3. Quality assurance – AMC accreditation of intern training accreditation authorities (postgraduate medical councils) – see below
Document Part Description
Domains and procedures for assessing accreditation authorities

Outlines the criteria and processes the AMC uses to assess intern accreditation authorities. See below for more information.

Certifying Completion of an Internship

As well as the National Framework’s guidance on assessment and remediation of interns’ performance during the internship, there is a mandatory national process for health services to certify interns’ completion of the requirements of the internship.

The Medical Board’s registration standard outlines the experience interns must complete and the evidence of completion the Medical Board requires in order to make a decision to grant general registration. The Medical Board form for health services, Certificate of completion of an accredited internship for health services, is available on the Board’s website here.

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