Eligibility/Selection/Intake process and timing


  • Applications for the second FSP intake opened on Monday 13 February 2023 and closed 11.59 pm AEDT Thursday 9 March 2023.
  • The first FSP intake will commence on 23 January 2023.
  • The second intake commences on 3 July 2023.
  • The third intake commences on 8 January 2024.

You will be asked to supply key contact and professional details. Some of these details will include evidence of your primary medical degree, current Australian Medical Registration (i.e., general, provisional with supervision level 2 and above via Competent Authority Pathway or via Standard Pathway with AMC Certificate or limited with supervision level 2 and above categories only), name, location, and accreditation status of current (or intended) practice.


There are three stages to the application process for the FSP:

  1. Application and eligibility:
    1. Eligibility will include a review of medical qualifications and registration status, exam candidacy, location, and classification of practice. You can refer to the FSP Application Handbook for more information.
  2. Confirmation of supervisor details
  3. Training program offer and agreement:
    1. Eligible applicants will be provided with the opportunity to apply for a new Medicare Provider Number (if required). This Medicare Provider Number will allow participants to charge consultations at an A1 level. In conjunction with a Provider Number application, candidates will have to sign their Program Agreement and pay a fee for their first term in the program. A term is equivalent to six calendar months. As the FSP is self-funded, participants will have to pay program fees four weeks prior to the start of each term. Fee information is available on our website.


Yes, the RACGP is proposing that the FSP includes two intakes a year, one at the start of the year and the second mid-year.


You must submit a new application for every intake you apply for. You cannot continue with an incomplete application from a previous intake.


No, however it is important to note that your visa requirements will still need to be met, including the right to work and deliver general practice services in Australia.


Yes, you must hold registration under the general, provisional (supervision level 2 and above via Competent Authority Pathway or via Standard Pathway with AMC Certificate) or limited (supervision level 2 and above) categories only.


You can apply for the FSP if you have limited registration, however you cannot be working under Level 1 supervision.


Applications for new placement locations cannot be applied for until after you have started on the FSP. It is expected that all applicants begin their FSP intake working within the placement location that was listed within their application. Applications for change in circumstances will be open for submission from the time you are given access to the FSP portal.

It is vital that you have a Medicare provider number before you start working under the FSP. If you are already working in general practice, we will still need to either transition your existing provider number across to an RACGP FSP provider number or authorise the new issuing of an RACGP FSP provider number. Your provider number gives your patients access to Medicare rebates for all or part of their healthcare. This means that you cannot access Medicare rebates if you do not have a provider number, and any time without a provider number cannot be counted as training time.


Yes. The FSP is self-funded and participants will have to pay program fees before the start of each term. A term is equivalent to six calendar months. See fee information.


An AMDS job isn't suitable for the education and training provided on the FSP. It is expected that all FSP registrars work in comprehensive general practice as outlined in the RACGP’s Comprehensive Australian General Practice Guidance Document. If your only place of work is in an Approved Medical Deputising Service, you will be ineligible to apply for the FSP. Extended hours practices may be considered.

If you're employed in an AMDS with an ongoing provider number and you have a job offer in comprehensive general practice meeting all the other requirements of the FSP, you can continue working at both practices. However, you won't be able to extend your AMDS provider number through FSP.


If you are currently enrolled in another general practice training program, you must provide evidence of resignation (and acceptance of same) from the current vocational training program if accepted into the FSP.

You can find the statutory declaration form at /download/Documents/Policies/Assessment/SRP-Statutory-declaration.pdf

  1. Time in practice is calculated pro-rata against the definition of full-time general practice experience.
  2. Part-time general practice must comprise:
    • a minimum of 14.5-hour working week, over a minimum of two days per week
    • a minimum of 10.5 hours in face-to-face, rostered, patient consultation time undertaking general practice activities.
  3.  ​​Work periods of less than three consecutive hours, or of less than four calendar weeks in any one practice, will not be considered.
  4. Out-of-Practice Education hours may be in addition to time in practice.

The RACGP aims to offer all eligible applicants a place.  However, if we need to prioritise places for an unusually large number of eligible applicants, we will make offers to candidates in the following order:

  1. Vulnerable candidates including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants
  2. Applicants working in Aboriginal Medical Services
  3. Rural applicants (Precedence based on MMM status, MM7 – MM3 descending) 
  4. Applicants with approved Extenuating and Unforeseen Circumstances to work in MMM1
  5. MMM2 applicants.