AGPT Campaign 2018

Applications for selection into the 2019 AGPT Program are now open and close 10.00 am (AEST) on Monday 30 April 2018

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General practice – Become a specialist in life

Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) is the leading program for doctors wishing to pursue the specialty of general practice. The RACGP is recognised as a leader in the provision of general practice education and training, supporting more than 23,000 GPs to achieve Fellowship since 1958.

RACGP webinar series for the 2019 AGPT Program

Topic Date Time Register
Preferences Tuesday 17 April 1.00–1.45 pm Register now
RACGP application and selection process Thursday 19 April 6.00–7.00 pm Register now

AGPT – five reasons to apply with the RACGP

Support

The RACGP supports 9/10 Australian GPs, including more than 5500 registrars working towards RACGP Fellowship.

Rural

With more than 18,000 rural members, RACGP rural registrars benefit from an established, well-supported program that meets their specific needs.

Flexibility

RACGP registrars have flexible training arrangements as well as having the option to undertake further training for a Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP).

Advocacy

With more than 38,000 members, the RACGP has a powerful voice to advocate for registrar members at the highest levels of government.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce

The RACGP provides dedicated support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors applying for the AGPT Program and registrars working towards RACGP Fellowship.

RACGP selection process into 2019 AGPT Program

Stage 1

Application and eligibility

26 March – 31 May
Applications for the 2019 AGPT Program open 10.00 am 26 March 2018 (AEDT) and close 10.00 am 30 April 2018 (AEST). Candidates are required to complete an online application form accessed through the RACGP website.

The process includes providing supporting documentation, referee details and candidates can nominate up to four preferred training regions / pathways.

Applications and supporting documents will be checked by the Department of Health (DoH) to establish eligibility for the AGPT Program.

Candidates will be notified of their eligibility from the DoH by 31 May 2018.

Stage 2

National assessment

29 June – 30 June
Candidates sit the Candidate Assessment and Applied Knowledge Test (CAAKT) comprising knowledge test questions and situational judgement questions. The CAAKT is based on the RACGP education framework and the assessment focuses on your current knowledge, skills and attributes in relation to becoming a GP.

Stage 3

Interview and offers

21 July – 17 August
Candidates may be allocated an interview with an RTO in accord with their CAAKT score, cohort ranking, training pathway and stated training region preference.

Interviews will consist of five common questions in either a multiple mini or singular interview format. Each RTO has the opportunity to ask an additional three questions specific to their region.

Candidates are notified of the interview outcome by way of a joint RTO / RACGP letter. Candidates will be required to respond to any placements offers in writing.

Selection key dates into 2019 AGPT Program

Date Activity
10:00 am (AEDT) Monday 26 March Applications open
10:00 am (AEST) Monday 30 April Applications close
Thursday 31 May Eligibility finalised by the Department of Health
Friday 29 June & Saturday 30 June Candidate Assessment and Applied Knowledge Test (CAAKT)
Friday 6 July – Tuesday 10 July Applicant preference change period
Thursday 12 July Interview allocations advised
Saturday 21 July – Sunday 5 August RTO interviews with applicants
Friday 17 August Offers finalised

Selection guide for entry into 2019 AGPT Program

Download the selection guide for detailed information on the AGPT Program and how to apply.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program is an Australian government initiative which provides training for doctors to achieve general practice Fellowship and gain specialist registration. The AGPT Program is three to four years of full-time training offered in metropolitan, rural, remote and very remote locations nationally. It comprises hospital training, general practice placements and extended skills training.

You can apply for the AGPT Program as early as during your intern year.

Applications open 10.00 am (AEDT) Monday 26 March 2018
Applications close 10.00 am (AEST) Monday 30 April 2018

To apply follow the links from the RACGP website from 10.00 am (AEDT) Monday 26 March.

See stages one to three of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) selection process into 2019 AGPT Program.

Your eligibility for the program will be assessed by the Department of Health (DoH). Further information regarding eligibility requirements is available:

Details on the documentation required as part of your application for the AGPT Program are available in the DoH AGPT Eligibility guide. Any questions regarding the application can be referred to the AGPT Eligibility team:

In order to decide which regional training organisation (RTO) you would like to train with, it is recommended that you contact the RTO(s) you are interested in and ask them questions to help inform your decision. Refer to the RACGP’s Selection guide for entry into the 2019 AGPT Program for a list of RTOs, their contact details and links to their websites.  

Candidates can nominate up to four training region preferences in their application. Nominating more than one preference gives candidates a better chance of securing an interview. Selecting the same training region in all preferences will not increase the likelihood of being allocated to interview. Candidates should not nominate a training region they are not willing to train in for the entire AGPT Program.

There are three main phases in the RACGP selection process. The first is application and eligibility; the second is undertaking the National Assessment which consists of the Candidate Assessment and Applied Knowledge Test (CAAKT) and the third is attending an interview at a preferred RTO. Please refer to the RACGP selection process into 2019 AGPT Program for further information.

Eligible candidates are required to pay a selection fee of $725 to participate in the RACGP selection process. An alternative payment option will be available for candidates experiencing financial hardship.

The Candidate Assessment and Applied Knowledge Test (CAAKT) is a test which comprises 20 Knowledge Test (KT) questions and 50 Situational Judgment Test (SJT) questions. Candidates must obtain a minimum standard to proceed to the next stage of the selection process. The questions in the CAAKT are partly derived using competency indicators from the RACGP Competency Profile of the general practitioner at the point of Fellowship. Sample questions will be made available during April.

KT questions are multiple choice questions which aim to test your clinical knowledge. These questions do not focus on a broad range of medical knowledge, but specifically on acute emergency situations and potentially serious conditions. These are pitched at pre-vocational candidates seeking to enter general practice training.

SJT questions aim to assess candidate’s judgement in a range of professional scenarios, often with a focus on ethical, moral, legal issues and professionalism. These questions seek to assess your reasoning in these scenarios.  The questions will come in a range of formats so please read the questions and the instructions carefully.

The CAAKT will be held on Friday 29 June 2018 and Saturday 30 June 2018. Candidates will be able to select their preferred date, subject to availability.

The CAAKT will be held in the following locations:

  • Adelaide
  • Alice Springs
  • Brisbane
  • Canberra
  • Darwin
  • Gold Coast
  • Hobart
  • Melbourne
  • Newcastle
  • Perth
  • Sydney
  • Townsville

Candidates will be able to select their preferred location, subject to availability.

The CAAKT, will be held on Friday 29 June 2018 and Saturday 30 June 2018 at multiple venues around the country. The dates are being advertised well in advance as there are only two days candidates may attend the CAAKT in 2018. If candidates are unable to attend CAAKT on either of these dates, they will need to apply for the 2020 intake.

All candidates will have the opportunity to review and amend their training region preferences after the CAAKT.

Each candidate is able to list four preferred training regions in their online application. Candidates who are successful in the CAAKT may be allocated to one of their preferred training regions for interview. Candidates who perform better in the CAAKT are more likely to be allocated to interview for their first preferred training region. However, training places are limited in all regions so allocation to interview is not guaranteed.

Interviews are conducted by the RTO in the training region you preferenced. Interviews will consist of five common questions in either a multiple mini interview or singular interview format. Each RTO has the opportunity to ask an additional three questions specific to their region.

The Fellowship of the RACGP (FRACGP) is the same program for both the general and rural pathways, however, the context that the registrar is in significantly influences how those skills are utilised. Additionally, in the rural pathway the opportunity is available to develop further relevant rural skills by undertaking the Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP). The AGPT Program has requirements as to where registrars may work according to pathway choice, general pathway registrars may work in any general practice location whereas rural pathway registrars are required to work in rural and remote general practice placements.

If you are subject to the 10-year moratorium, there may be restrictions regarding which pathway you can apply for. You can find further information on this in the DoH AGPT Handbook or on the AGPT website.

FARGP is a specialist twelve-month program for registrars wishing to specialise in rural general practice. It is recommended that the FARGP is undertaken during general practice training to enable you to get the most out of your experience and fulfil the majority of FARGP requirements before heading into the FRACGP exams. FARGP can also be undertaken post-Fellowship. More information available at RACGP FARGP

If you are accepted into the AGPT Program you can work with your RTO to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL is assessed in accord with the RACGP’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy. If granted, RPL may reduce your training time.

Registrars on the AGPT Program remain in their training region for the duration of training. Candidates should only nominate a training region they are willing to train in for the entire AGPT Program and if necessary, relocate to. While it is possible to transfer once training has begun, this needs to be approved by both RTOs involved. Transfers from rural to general pathways must be supported by evidence of exceptional circumstances that justify a pathway change, and be approved by the DoH.

Transfers between training regions and pathways are restricted and never guaranteed. For more information, please refer to AGPT Policies.

As a FRACGP general practitioner (GP), general practice earnings can be determined based on a number of factors, including, but not limited to hours worked, complexity, Medicare item numbers, number of patient presentations and billing practices.

When working in a general practice setting, Fellowed GPs earnings are supported through access to A1 Medicare rebates.

To find out more about what you can expect to earn in different practice settings visit  GPRA NTCER to access the General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA) earnings calculator. The calculator is based on the earnings of a Fellowed GP. Importantly, there is no difference in MBS patient rebates based on what general practice fellowship has been obtained

For RACGP selection enquiries please email racgpeducation@racgp.org.au or call 1800 4RACGP | 1800 472 247.

Your rural general practice career starts with the RACGP

For registrars looking to go rural undertaking Fellowship of the RACGP (FRACGP) over just three years signifies you are competent to deliver safe, specialised, and high-quality general practice care in Australia’s rural, remote and very remote communities and metropolitan areas. For GPs wishing to develop advanced rural skills and give their rural community an advantage, the RACGP offers the Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP). FARGP can be undertaken concurrently with your FRACGP studies, extending your program from three to four years with a dual fellowship outcome.