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  • The Commonwealth government funding for the Practice Experience Program (PEP) is ending in June 2023.
  • The RACGP has developed the FSP to enable continuation of educational support for Non-Vocationally Registered doctors on their journey to Fellowship.
  • We have developed the FSP to support continuity of care for those communities that need it most, by ensuring GPs in rural and remote areas of Australia in particular are supported and adequately trained to work in Australian general practice.
Components FSP PEP
Program fees Self-funded model Partially funded through the Commonwealth Government, Department of Health Non-VR FSP grant
Exam support Integrated exam support included in program cost Optional exam support course at additional cost
Supervision and Practice Accreditation Participants work in a practice that is accredited against the RACGP Standards for General Practices and are supported by an accredited Supervisor Nil
Recognition of Prior Learning Applicants may be eligible to apply to have Recognition of Prior Learning (RPLE) assessed. The outcomes from this assessment may reduce a participant's time in the program No opportunity for Recognition of Prior Learning and Experience

You can refer to the FSP fee page for a detailed breakdown.


  • The FSP is designed to support non–vocationally registered (non-VR) doctors on the General Practice Experience Pathway.
  • Due to amendments made to the General Practice Experience Pathway – Exam Eligibility Policy, all medical practitioners who wish to enrol in the RACGP Fellowship examinations are now required to complete an RACGP-approved program. The FSP replaces the Practice Experience Program – Standard Stream and will be recognised as an approved program and will therefore meet this new exam eligibility requirement.
  • Doctors who wish to apply for this program must meet the requirements outlined in the GP Fellowship Program Placement Guidelines for provider number authorisation. In summary, applicants must work in a Modified Monash Model 2019 (MMM 2019) 2-7 location.
  • In addition, their training location should provide comprehensive general practice as per the Comprehensive General Practice Guidance Document. Please read the guidelines for further details.

The RACGP will deliver the FSP. You will be supported by regional and national teams, including Medical Educators and Program Training Advisors.


The Training program policies for 2023 will govern the FSP. These provide you with overarching information on what is required for progression through your training program towards fellowship.

There will be a dedicated registrar handbook published in October 2022 that will provide the detail that sits under these policies.


Yes, there is a provision within the FSP to complete Additional Rural Skills Training (ARST) requirements over an extra 12 months, to complete a Rural Generalist Fellowship. This will require training in an accredited post for the relevant rural skill.

Further information about this option is available on the RACGP website.