Preferencing training pathways

Apply to the AGPT program and preference your stream choice and training region.

Preferencing training pathways

Apply to the AGPT program and preference your stream choice and training region.

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Last updated 3 January 2024

Preferencing training streams

When applying for the general practice experience pathway and the AGPT program, you must also nominate either the general or rural stream for each of your training region preferences. If you’re subject to Section 19AB, you’re restricted from nominating the general stream and must train on the rural stream.

The general stream is for doctors who wish to train primarily in inner- and/or outer-metropolitan areas. Doctors on the general stream can train in MMM 1–7 areas. Doctors who train on the rural stream generally do all of their training in rural and remote areas (MMM 2–7).

You can find the MMM classification by using the locator tool on the Department of Health and Aged Care website.

Preferencing training regions

You’ll be asked to nominate your training region and stream preferences when completing your online application form. The training preferences you indicate will apply for the duration of the AGPT program.

Most training regions offer both general and rural streams. You have the option of making two nominations for the same training region by nominating both streams separately, where available.

If you’re subject to Section 19AB of the Health Insurance Act (the 10-year moratorium), you must select rural stream training preferences only, unless you have a Section 19AB exemption.

Note: Selecting the same training region and stream in all preferences won’t increase your chances of gaining a training place.

Learn more about training streams and preferences in the AGPT Application Handbook. 

Preferencing tips

Before nominating training region and pathway stream and submitting your application, we encourage you to: 

  • Familiarise yourself with each training region 
  • Contact your regional team to discuss the professional opportunities the training region offers. 
  • Familiarise yourself with the region’s services and amenities, such as medical, educational, community, cultural, religious and recreational facilities 
  • Determine the impact of moving to a particular region on yourself, your partner and other family members, if applicable 
  • Ensure the decision to train in a particular region is understood by, and has the support of, your partner/family, if applicable 
  • Familiarise yourself with the expectations and commitment required to complete the AGPT Program, including the current AGPT program

Training support

General Practitioner Training Support Line:
1800 472 247

GP training contacts
AGPT training departments contact list