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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 a 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

Guaranteed GPE Outcome for 2016.1 Enrolment 

GPs on the Practice Eligible Pathway who wish to enrol in the 2016.1 Fellowship examinations are required to submit a completed application for assessment of General Practice Experience by Friday 16 October 2015. Applications submitted after this date will not be guaranteed an outcome in time to enrol. 

If further information or documentation is required we will endeavour to assess your application before the close of enrolments on Friday 11 December 2015 at 8pm AEDT however, these applications will not be covered by the above 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).



Fellowship Exams Candidate Handbook (pdf 719KB)

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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