Frequently asked questions



RTOs are required to report de-identified critical incidents of significant nature that result in key lessons learned and modification to supervision and training, as outlined in the Accreditation Management Agreement.  Individual critical incidents and adverse events require routine reporting. The notification must be made to the RACGP General Manager, Education Services, within 10 business days of the critical incident or adverse event occurring.  An outline of the critical incident reporting process and its management should be included in the annual report.  RTOs are reminded that critical incident management, including individual critical incidents and how these are managed, is of interest to the Bi-College review team.

For more information on Criterion 1.1.1.4, visit the RACGP standards for general practice training website.

For more information on Criterion 1.2.2.2, visit the RACGP standards for general practice training website.


Applications for alternative models of supervision that better suit the local context or will better meet the needs of the registrar can be submitted to the RACGP.  Examples of alternate models include remote supervision and team supervision.

During the RTO accreditation process, the RACGP review team will examine models of supervision currently being used to ensure they are suitable for the registrar and the context of their post. Approved models will be evaluated by the RTO during their first year and the results formally reported to the RACGP.

For more information on Criterion 1.2.1.2, visit the RACGP standards for general practice training website.


The lead supervisor for each registrar must be an RACGP accredited GP. The supervisor assumes responsibility for the registrar but may allocate some aspects of training and supervision to others in the supervision team. The other supervisors in the team do not need to be accredited, however it is important all supervisors involved are aware of the roles and responsibilities of the lead supervisors and contingencies in place for when the lead supervisor is unavailable.   There may be other processes the RTO needs to ensure are in place at the training post is ensure safe and adequate training for the registrar.

For more information on Criterion 1.2.2.2, visit the RACGP standards for general practice training website.


The lead supervisor must be an accredited supervisor and registered GP with excellent clinical skills and who is a role model for the registrar. Other supervisors in the team can be health professionals such as nurses, Aboriginal health workers and allied health professionals. It is vital that the lead supervisors meets all RACGP requirements for supervision and are able to ensure others involved in the supervision process provide an optimal and safe training experience for the registrar.

For more information on Criterion 1.2.2.2, visit the RACGP standards for general practice training website.


Level 1 and 2 training post accreditation is no longer relevant under the training standards. The main requirement is that all supervision provided at the training post meets the level of competence of the registrar. RTOs are required to ensure registrars undertake the training that is appropriate to them in a suitable training post.

For more information on Criterion 1.3.1.1, visit the RACGP standards for general practice training website.


The RACGP believes that registrars should receive the type, content and amount of training and education that is suitable for each registrar throughout their training as assessed by their RTO. This means that some registrars may require more or less education and training than their peers.

The nominated hours ensure registrars receive sufficient, safe and protected training time.

For more information on Criterion 2.1.2.4, visit the RACGP VT standard website.


Following consultation with a number of stakeholders in the training environment, it was evident a minimum number of hours for in-practice training should be maintained to ensure individual registrars have a sufficient, appropriate and protected training  time. The RTO may increase this time if a registrar requires additional assistance.

Undertaking less than the times specified was identified as a potential risk to quality of training.

For more information on Criterion 2.2.1.2, visit the RACGP VT standard website.


Not necessarily. The extended skills supervisor must be the person best qualified to teach and support the registrar. The registrar must have either an approved curriculum to follow during the extended skills experience or a detailed plan of how the learning will take place signed off by the supervisor. It is recommended that a general practice medical educator approve the planned learning before it is implemented.

For more information on Criterion 1.2.2.2, visit the RACGP VT standard website.