Completing the comparability assessment
Specialist international medical graduates (SIMGs) who are seeking to enter the PEP Specialist Stream must complete the Comparability assessment to be assessed for comparability to an Australian-trained general practitioner.
Comparability is the extent to which an SIMG’s recency, continuity of practice, continual professional development, assessment, training, qualifications and clinical experience are assessed as equivalent to an Australian-trained general practitioner at the point of attaining Fellowship.
Comparability assessment criteria
Recency of practice
All applicants must have completed 12 months of full-time equivalent (FTE) general practice in the last 48 months and at least four weeks of FTE general practice in the 12 months prior to applying for comparability. Find out more
Continuity of practice
All applicants must explain any gaps in clinical practice longer than three months. Find out more
All applicants must provide evidence of the completion of 50 hours CPD in the last 12 months and completion of a clinical audit in the
last 48 months. Find out more
All applicants must have completed a summative assessment comprising both theoretical and practical components equivalent to those utilised within the RACGP examinations. Find out more
All applicants must have a specialist general practice qualification and provide evidence of the training route completed. Find out more
All applicants must have completed their training with an organisation whose curriculum is similar to that of the RACGP. Find out more
On completion of the comparability assessment, applicants will be categorised as substantially comparable, partially comparable or not comparable. Applicants categorised as substantially comparable or partially comparable are eligible for entry to the PEP Specialist Stream. Participants that receive an outcome of not comparable are eligible to apply for the PEP Standard Stream.
Applicants have been assessed as suitable to undertake the intended scope of practice, taking full responsibility for all patients, with limited oversight of their practice by a supervisor (peer review)
Applicants are awarded Fellowship of the RACGP when all program entry requirements have been met as detailed in the PEP Specialist Stream Substantially Comparable Entry Policy
Applicants do not meet the requirements of the PEP Specialist Stream comparability criteria or who are assessed as unable to reach comparability within 24 months of FTE practice.
Applicants may be eligible to complete the RACGP Fellowship assessment requirements via the PEP Standard Stream.
To request a comparability assessment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your name, your specialist qualification and your RACGP ID.
The RACGP’s A Guide to Completing the PEP Specialist Stream Comparability Assessment will help you with completing your application. Please read the information before submitting your application to ensure you meet the assessment criteria and that you have included all required evidence and documentation. Incomplete applications will cause delays in processing your application.
RACGP assessors will use the information and evidence provided to determine your comparability to an Australian-trained specialist general practitioner at the point of Fellowship.
Where the RACGP receives publicly available information about an applicant that may inform the assessment decision, the applicant will be given the opportunity to make a submission about the information.