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The General Practice Experience (Practice Eligible) pathway

If you have been working for a significant period of time in general practice you may be eligible to enrol in the RACGP Fellowship assessments via the General Practice Experience (Practice Eligible) pathway.

This pathway recognises work experience and is a way that international medical graduates (IMGs), also referred to as overseas trained doctors, can gain Fellowship without having to do specialist general practice training (vocational training) in Australia.

Doctors on the General Practice Experience (Practice Eligible) pathway are able to undertake either the RACGP Fellowship Exams, or the Practice Based Assessment (PBA).You need to have your time in general practice assessed by the RACGP Censors through a formal application process. The Assessment of General Practice Experience policy outlines what the RACGP Censors take into account when reviewing applications.

GPs who wish to have their experience assessed for the RACGP’s GPE pathway must apply online.  You must create an RACGP log in and pay and complete the form at your application.

For further information regarding the online GPE application platform, call 1800 626 901 or email

Time requirements

If you are doctor currently working in Australian general practice, you are required to complete 4 years full time (or its part time equivalent) in general practice, 1 year of which must have been undertaken in Australia, to be eligible for enrolment in the Fellowship assessments.

You also must have completed at least 6 months in “fully comparable” general practice experience.

Recency of Practice 

General practice experience over 10 years old will not be assessed, and the equivalent of 1 year full time must have been completed in the last 4 years.

Further information

For full information, forms, processes and policies about the General Practice Experience (Practice Eligible) pathway please see the Practice Eligible Handbook and the Assessment of General Practice Experience Policy for further information.

If you do not meet the eligibility requirements of the General Practice Experience (Practice Eligible) pathway, you may continue working towards meeting the requirements, or you may wish to consider specialist general practice training (vocational training). Successful applicants for the training program are called Registrars. For further information please see Medical Students and Registrars.

General practice assessment fees – From 1 July 2014

Assessment typeAssessment fees
Assessment of overseas & Australian general practice experience $660 $440
Assessment of Australian general practice experience $330 $220

In order to be eligible for the 2015.2 examinations applicants must submit a complete application by Friday 24 April 2015. Applications that require resubmission will not fall under this guarantee.

Rural Doctors

As an International Medical Graduate, it is likely that you will practice in rural or remote Australia. Contact the National Rural Faculty (NRF) to find out what support and information is available to you.

Ask about the rural fellowship – the Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP).



General Practice Experience (Practice Eligible) Pathway Handbook (pdf 248KB)

Includes Assessment of Overseas General Practice Experience and Australian General Practice Experience


Fellowship Exams Candidate Handbook (pdf 1MB)

College Exam Venue Allocation, Assessment Methods Assessment Performance Reporting Enrolment Procedures Rules and their observances for the conduct of RACGP examinations


Assessment of general practice experience policy (pdf 255KB)

This policy defines the principles which underpin the assessment of general practice experience.

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