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Internship Application Information 2015

Update: Information about the CMI

Are you a final year international student still looking for an Internship in Australia in 2016? The Commonwealth Medical Internship Initiative has opened and is looking for applications.

Applications open at 9.00am (AEST), Monday, 24 August 2015.

Applications close at 5.00pm (AEST) Monday, 7 September 2015.

If you are considering applying for CMI 2016, you will need to ensure that you meet all of the applicant eligibility requirements as detailed in the CMI Guidelines and complete the CMI Application form. These documents are available on the Department’s website at: Please note that students who have not yet met the Medical Board of Australia English requirements and are completing English language tests or waiting for results can apply for CMI 2016, however, evidence of successful completion of this requirement will be required by the Department no later than 5.00pm (AEST) 30 September 2015 to align with the CMI recruitment process by hospitals.  If evidence is not provided by 30 September 2015 applicants will be deemed ineligible for the CMI programme.

Students wanting to participate in the CMI 2016 must lodge a CMI application form with the Department during the application period. Any queries you have about applying for the CMI programme should be emailed to  


General Internship Information for 2015 Graduates

This information has been provided by The National Medical Intern Data Management Working Group and the Commonwealth Department of Health. To meet the Medical Board of Australia’s requirements for general registration, an internship can be completed in any state or territory of Australia. Each State and Territory undertakes its own intern recruitment to these positions. States and territories have different application opening dates, most open in May. Applications will close nationally on Friday 5 June 2015. All States and Territories will commence making offers from Monday 13 July 2015 and continue with their processes until Friday 27 November 2015. All offers for vacancies that occur subsequent to 27 November 2015 will be made through the Late Vacancy Management (LVM) process, and will continue until March 25.

Can I apply to more than one State or Territory for an intern position?

Yes you can, however, individual states and territories may have different priority clauses and/or rules - please check these before making multiple applications. You will need to apply separately to each state and territory where you think you would like to work. You will need to complete a separate application for each position, submit the documents, provide the information required and meet the selection requirements. As part of the application process each state and territory requires you to include your Intern Placement Number (IPN).

What is an IPN? The Intern Placement Number is a unique nine digit number which has been generated by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and has been provided to medical schools for distribution to all 2015 final year medical students. If you are a 2013 and 2014 graduate or a 2015 final year medical student and you do not have an Intern Placement Number issued or you have misplaced it you must contact your medical school to have the number issued or reissued. Do not contact AHPRA. (Note: The Intern Placement Number is not your University Student Identification Number)

When will Applications Open?

JurisdictionIntern Application Opening Date
ACTMonday 4 May 2015
NSWMonday 18 May 2015
NTTo be confirmed
QLDThursday 21 May 2015
SAFriday 8 May 2015
TASWednesday 6 May 2015
VICFriday 17 April 2015
WAMonday 11 May 2015
COMMONWEALTHTo be confirmed

When will offers be made?

All states and territories will commence making offers from Monday 13 July 2015. The National Close Date for 2016 Intern Recruitment is Friday 27 November 2015.

What if I receive more than one offer?

If you have accepted one offer and then receive another offer, you need to decide where you would like to undertake your internship and accept this position and decline all other positions. You should not hold onto more than one offer as this creates problems - for the hospital that will have a vacancy if you fail to start work because you have started in another position in another state - and for other applicants who would like to work at that hospital, who do not get the opportunity of receiving an offer for that position.

English language requirements

Interns applying for registration with the Medical Board of Australia must demonstrate that they have necessary English language skills for registration purposes - you can find out more here. Some applicants may need to complete IELTS or equivalent exams to demonstrate English language competency. Delays in obtaining medical registration and commencing as an intern may occur if the English language requirements have not been met, and some graduating medical students have been unable to begin internship in previous years due to inability to prove language proficiency. Some jurisdictions require that applicants demonstrate that they have met English language requirements for registration purposes at the time of application.

What is the national audit?

All states/territories share intern applicant and offer information at pre agreed dates. This data is then used to identify applicants who have applied for and/or accepted intern positions in more than one state/ territory. Applicants who have accepted more than one intern position will be contacted by the National Audit Data Manager by phone or email and asked to withdraw from all intern positions, except the one that they intend to undertake their intern year, within 48 hours.

What if I don’t respond to the National Data Manager?

If you do not respond to the National Audit Data Manager and/or do not withdraw from all positions except one, the relevant states/territories where you have accepted an offer will be advised and all offers, except for the first offer you received may be withdrawn by the relevant Jurisdiction.

What is the Late Vacancy Management Process?

The Late Vacancy Management Process will assist all jurisdictions to manage any vacancies that arise after 27 November 2015. It will allow jurisdictions to offer any late vacancies to eligible intern applicants who have not yet been offered an intern position. This process will run from Monday 7 December 2015 - Friday 19 February 2016. Jurisdictions will contact the audit office prior to making further offers.

Who can participate in the Late Vacancy Management Process?

This process is automatically open to Australian Medical Graduates who have applied for an intern position in 2016 and have not been offered a position by 27 November 2015 through Commonwealth or States and Territories. Intern applicants are not required to make a new application. If you have made an application with the Commonwealth, states or territories and you have not been offered an intern position you will be contacted by the National Audit Data Manager to confirm that you wish to participate in the Late Vacancy Management Process. The process will continue until March 25. For more information about the national audit and the late vacancy management process, contact the National Audit Data Manager, Alpana Singh via

The Commonwealth Medical Internship (CMI)

The CMI initiative will operate for 2016, and is provided due to a $40 million commitment from the Coalition Government. The CMI is available to eligible international full-fee paying medical students of on-shore medical schools. Information about the CMI is available here.

For information about state/territory intern recruitment contact:


Log into the PTAP program https://

02 9844 6562

Victoria 03 9419 1217


THO-South: 6222 7818

THO-North: 6348 7008 THO-North West: 6490 8966


Log in to your application or contact 07 3328 9239

South Australia 08 8226 7231

Western Australia 08 9222 2125

Northern Territory 08 8944 8212

ACT 02 6244 2507