Extension of program time

FSP Registrar Handbook
    1. Extension of program time

Extension of program time

An extension of program time may be granted in specific circumstances if you aren’t able to fulfill the requirements for Fellowship within the training time cap. 

An extension of 26 weeks will be granted if there are extenuating and unforeseen circumstances; a further extension may be granted, at the RACGP’s discretion. 

Extension while awaiting Fellowship

Once you’ve met the requirements of Fellowship, you’ll automatically receive an extension of up to 12 calendar weeks in which to submit your Fellowship application.

If circumstances prevent you submitting your application for Fellowship for more than 12 calendar weeks, your training coordinator may apply for a further extension on your behalf. Additional extensions are considered on a case-by-case basis.

If your application for Fellowship is going to be delayed for more than 12 calendar weeks, you can apply for additional extensions through your regional team. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Extension for training and assessment purposes

In some situations, you may need an extension of program time to satisfactorily complete a stage of training, sit or re-sit Fellowship exams, or to regain an appropriate level of competence after an extended period of leave. If your program team decides you need an extension, they’ll discuss this with you before applying this to your profile.

If you’re completing the Rural Generalist Fellowship training, you have access to an additional 52 calendar weeks that can be used for extensions for training and assessment purposes and Category 2 leave.

If you apply for an extension to satisfactorily complete a stage of training, your program team will advise you of the education and training requirements that need to be met for satisfactory completion during this extension.

Extension to transition to another program

If you transfer to the FSP, once you’re accepted into the program you’ll automatically receive an extension to your program time to enable the transfer.

If you plan to transition to the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine’s (ACRRM) Independent Pathway, you may apply for an extension of up to 26 calendar weeks to support your transition.

Further extension of program time

If you require an additional extension of your program time you may apply to your regional team.

A further extension of program time may be granted at the RACGP’s discretion for:

  • cultural needs, considerations and commitments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander registrars
  • special circumstances for international medical graduates
  • extenuating and unforeseen circumstances experienced by you or a significant family member
  • an approved remediation term to ensure all education and training requirements are met (as per the Registrar Support and Remediation Policy)