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Becoming a GP in Australia

Practice Based Assessment (PBA)

Practice Based Assessment (PBA) is an alternative College Fellowship Assessment for general practitioners who wish to achieve Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP). The examination is only open to candidates who qualify via the Practice Eligible pathway and are actively working in general practice. 
PBA consists of three segments: 

  1. Examiner Clinical Visit (ECV) – The ECV is an assessment method using direct observation by an examiner.  The examiner will visit the candidate's practice and observe a general practice session with the patients.
  2. Viva – The Viva is an assessment of applied knowledge and skills, clinical decision-making, health promotion, continuity of care, practice management and medical record keeping.  An examiner will conduct and video record the Viva examination at an agreed scheduled venue.
  3. Recorded Video Consultations (RC) – The RC is an assessment of the applied knowledge, clinical reasoning, clinical skills, communication skills and professional attitudes in the context of consultations.  Six examiners will assess the recorded video consultations submitted by a candidate.

The three segments are designed to assess competence to undertake unsupervised general practice in Australia.

PBA enrolment and segment completion

Candidates may only enrol in EITHER the PBA OR the RACGP Fellowship exam segments (AKT,KFP,OSCE) at any one time. The credits gained from either the PBA or the RACGP Fellowship exams cannot be 'mixed and matched'.

Candidates are expected to undertake all three PBA segments within one exam cycle and have three years (a triennium) from which they pass their first segment to successfully complete all other required segments.

It remains a requirement of the RACGP that all three segments of the exam be completed within 3 years of passing the first segment of your exams in order to satisfy the requirements for Fellowship.

Exam Timelines

2014.2 exam cycle:

Enrolment period NOW CLOSED 

Professional Portfolio 11 July 2014
Recorded Consultations due 19 September 2014
Viva and ECV 25 August 2014 - 24 October 2014
Results published 27 March 2015

2015.1 exam cycle:

Enrolment period closes 12 December 2014

Limited enrolments for 2015.1 cycle

Analysis of the current PBA has identified a number of areas for enhancement/improvement that have significant impact upon the 2015.1 provision. It has therefore been decided that enrolments for the 2015.1 exam cycle will be only be accepted from existing candidates in the PBA who are re-sitting specific exam segments

Professional Portfolio 9 January 2015
Recorded Consultations due 13 March 2015
Viva and ECV 9 March 2015 - 22 May 2015
Results published 4 September 2015

2015.2 exam cycle:

Enrolment period opens in May 2015

Professional Portfolio 17 July 2015
Recorded Consultations due 18 September 2015
Viva and ECV 31 August 2015 - 30 October 2015
Results published March 2016 (Date to be confirmed)

PBA Fees (GST free)


PBA (coupled=all segments)


Viva (uncoupled segment)


ECV (uncoupled segment)


RVC (uncoupled segment)


PBA Fees (GST free)

2015.1 & 2015.2

PBA (coupled=all segments)


Viva (uncoupled segment)


ECV (uncoupled segment)


RVC (uncoupled segment)


For information on the fee increases, please see "Why have the fees increased?"

Financial hardship

The RACGP Special Consideration Policy allows for the provision of payment plans for those facing financial hardship. Please refer to for further details.

Payment options

Payment is made at the time of enrolment by either credit card or cheque. 
For detailed information, please refer to the PBA Handbook or contact Fellowship Services on 1800 626 901 or email



PBA Handbook Appendices (pdf 332KB)

Please note Appendix C: template for the Logbook for Recorded Consultations is available separately.

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