The report contains 45 recommendations to improve transparency, efficiency and accountability in the registration system for IMGs and is the result of a 14 month inquiry in which the committee heard evidence from 146 witnesses across every state and territory in Australia.
Key recommendations include:
* establishment a "one stop shop" to assist IMGs in navigating accreditation and registration processes.
* a review of the 10 year moratorium requiring IMGs to work in a District of Workforce Shortage for up to 10 years to be eligible for a Medicare Provider Number;
* an increase in the validity period for English language test results from 2 years to 4 years when applying for certain forms of medical registration;
* establishment of a central document repository for IMG paperwork to reduce duplication and administrative inefficiency