Australian General Practice Training Program rural pathway exemptions


Australian General Practice Training Program rural pathway exemptions


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If you are subject to the 10-year moratorium and you have extenuating circumstances which would prevent you from training on the rural pathway, you can submit an application for a rural pathway exemption.  This enables you to preference the general pathway in your AGPT Program application.

Important points to note:

  • Applications for rural pathway exemptions must be made by the close of AGPT applications for the intake in which you are applying. Outcomes for exemption applications received after this date will not be considered for that intake.
  • If you apply after the close of AGPT applications for the intake in which you are applying, in addition to demonstrating extenuating circumstances, you will also have to demonstrate unforeseen circumstances.
  •  It is important you provide as much detail and supporting documentation as possible in your rural exemption application.

To apply for a rural exemption, please review and complete the:

Exemption application outcomes will be available no less than 20 business days from the date a full application and all required evidence has been received.  

Rural exemption application FAQs

You can apply at any time for an exemption to the rural pathway, however it is important to note that applications for rural pathway exemptions must be made by the close of the AGPT Program application for the intake in which you are applying. You can find the dates of the upcoming intake here.

You can still apply for an exemption, however if it is approved, it won’t be applied to your application for that intake.

As approvals are valid for two calendar years, you can re-apply for a future AGPT Program intake within this time frame to have this approval applied. 

Alternatively, if you want to apply for an exemption to be considered for the intake you have already applied for, you will need to demonstrate circumstances that are both extenuating and unforeseen.

Exemption application outcomes are relevant for AGPT selection only and are valid for AGPT selection for a period of two calendar years. Please note, you must apply by the close of the AGPT Program application for the intake in which you are applying for the exemption to be applied for that application intake. 

Exemption application outcomes will be available no less than 20 business days from the date a full application and all required evidence has been received.  

Outcomes for exemption applications submitted in full by the close of the upcoming AGPT Program application period will be advised at least one week prior to the intake deadline to pay the required selection fee, book assessments and revise training preferences.

 

No. An approved Rural Pathway Exemption allows you to apply for general pathway positions. Your eligibility will be assessed using the information you have submitted in your AGPT Program application.

No. Selection into the AGPT Program is merit based. The determination of offers will depend on many factors including meeting eligibility criteria, your performance in the selection assessments, your training region and pathway preferences and being able to meet the requirements of training.

Obtaining a rural pathway exemption does not mean you will be guaranteed to receive a training offer, or a general pathway training offer. It simply means you can nominate either or both general and/or rural pathway preferences in your AGPT Program application.

Please see the AGPT Applicant Rural Pathway Exemption Guide for this information.

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