SIMG assessment process


The following information relates to doctors undertaking the anaesthesia and/or pain medicine Specialist International Medical Graduate (SIMG) assessment process in Australia and SIMGs who are undertaking the ANZCA/FPM fellowship pathway in New Zealand. 

For SIMGs undertaking the pathway for Vocational Registration in New Zealand, please contact the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) for information on your requirements. 


Important information:

  • As you may be aware there have recently been some changes to the skilled visa programs in Australia. The college strongly urges you to contact the Department of Immigration to investigate the potential impact of these changes prior to applying for assessment via the SIMG assessment process.
  • The college also suggests that you investigate the size and location of the anaesthesia workforce in Australia to better understand your opportunities for employment. You may find the Department of Health's Australia's Future Health Workforce – Anaesthesia report, and the MCNZ's New Zealand medical workforce useful.
  • For further information on statistics relating to the SIMG process (including the number of substantially, partially and not comparable applicants over the last 12 months) please download the AHPRA "report on specialist medical colleges specialist pathway data".

ANZCA’s SIMG assessment process evaluates the ability of a specialist to practise as an unsupervised specialist anaesthetist and/or pain medicine specialist at a standard comparable to that required of a fellow of ANZCA (FANZCA) or fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine (FFPMANZCA). ANZCA’s Specialist International Medical Graduate Committee co-ordinates the assessment guided by ANZCA’s regulation 23.

For further information about the SIMG assessment process in Australia please email For further information about the SIMG assessment process in New Zealand please email

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