As of 2 June 2022, as part of a scheduled review the following curricula has received a new classification.

See below for new ratings:
Spain Specialist in Family and Community Medicine Substantially Comparable
Sweden Certificate of Specific Training for General Practice Substantially Comparable
Saudi Arabia Saudi Board in Family Medicine Partially Comparable
Sri Lanka MD Family Medicine Partially Comparable
Curricula classification will be reviewed every five years or upon release of new curricula.
For further information, please contact educationsupport@racgp.org.au.

PEP Specialist Stream eligibility requirements

Specialist international medical graduates (SIMGs) must undertake a comparability assessment to determine eligibility to apply for entry into the PEP Specialist Stream Program.

Please read the Practice Experience Program – Specialist Stream Comparability Policy and review the list of comparability assessment criteria before you apply for a comparability assessment here.

There are three parts to the application process for assessing your eligibility to enter the Program:

Part A – Comparability assessment

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Hold a specialist general practice qualification with a recognised curriculum and provide evidence of the training route completed and assessments undertaken
  2. Assessment type - completed a summative assessment comprising both theoretical and practical components equivalent to those utilised within the RACGP examinations.
  3. Recency of practice - your experience within both the last 12 months and last four years must meet the requirements of the Practice Experience Program – Specialist Stream Assessment of Recency Policy
  4. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) - completion of 50 hours CPD in the last 12 months and complete 10 case analyses on the RACGP template
  5. Continuity of practice - explain any gaps in clinical practice of longer than three months

If you do not meet the eligibility criteria for the PEP Specialist Stream, you may consider the PEP Standard Stream to support your journey to the FRACGP. Please refer to the Fellowship Pathways Policy Framework for further information.

Applicants who receive a comparability outcome categorisation of Substantially Comparable or Partially Comparable will proceed to Part B.

Part B – Job offer approval application

  1. Your job must meet the minimum part-time requirement of 14.5 hours over 2 days
  2. Your job must be in comprehensive general practice in an approved practice location

These definitions are found in the Assessment of General Practice Experience Policy

Applicants with an approved job offer will proceed to Part C.  

Part C – Right to work application

Applicants must provide evidence of the following:
  1. Visa details including evidence of visa type
  2. Health workforce certificate
  3. Australian medical registration


Curricula classifications

The following classifications relate to the assessment of curricula and does not reflect the outcome of your comparability assessment.

Comparability assessments are based on a number of criteria, the outcome of which is determined after RACGP medical assessors have reviewed your complete application.

If your curriculum has been assessed as Substantially Comparable or Partially Comparable, your specialist general practice qualification is considered to have a recognised curriculum.

Canada Certification in the College of Family Physicians 
Hong Kong Fellow of Hong Kong College of Family Physicians
Ireland Membership of the Irish College of General Practitioners
Malaysia Membership of the Academy of Family Physicians of Malaysia
Malta Specialist in Family Medicine 
New Zealand Fellowship of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners 
Spain Specialist in Family and Community Medicine 
Sweden Certificate of Specific Training for General Practice 
United Kingdom Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners 
Netherlands Certificate of Specific Training for General Practice 
Saudi Arabia Saudi Board in Family Medicine
Sri Lanka MD Family Medicine
USA Certification of the American Board of Family Medicine 
Belgium Master of Family Medicine
Belgium Master of General Practice
Brazil Primary Care Specialist, Federal University of Parana
Germany Certification of Further Education in the Area of General Practice
Iraq Arab Board of Health Specializations in Family Medicine
India Diplomate of National Board for the Practice of Family Medicine
Kenya Masters of Family Medicine 
Latvia General Practice Specialty Qualification
Malaysia Master in Family Medicine, National University of Malaysia
Nepal Doctor of Medicine in General Practice and Emergency Medicine, B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Services 
Nigeria Fellowship of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria in Family Medicine 
Philippines Diplomate of Family and Community Medicine
Poland Specialist General Practice Qualification
Serbia Doctor of Medicine (General Practice)
Singapore Masters in Family Medicine
Sudan  Master of Family Medicine
Switzerland Postgraduate Training Diploma - General Practitioner
Turkey Family Medicine Specialist
United Kingdom Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners - International (MRCGP-INT)
USA Board Certified Family Medicine, American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians

Curricula not listed

If you hold the International Conjoint Fellowship of the RACGP (ICFRACGP) and you wish to apply for the PEP Specialist Stream, please email us at educationsupport@racgp.org.au for more information.

If your curriculum is not listed, your training curriculum has not been assessed against the RACGP Curriculum. Your curriculum must be assessed before you can apply for a comparability assessment.

To have your curriculum assessed, you must provide the following:

  1. An official copy of your specialist general practice college/training organisation/Medical Board training curriculum
  2. An official letter from your Training Organisation confirming:
    1. this is their curriculum;
    2. curriculum year;
    3. the specialist general practice qualification it leads to; and
    4. the year you obtained this qualification.

If any of these documents are not in English, you must provide a copy of the original and an official English translation.

Please complete the interactive application form, print, sign and return all documents to the RACGP scanned by email to educationsupport@racgp.org.au

Curriculum assessments take up to 10 weeks to assess. Assessors will review your specialist colleges’ curriculum against the RACGP curriculum.


 Request for curriculum comparison form (PDF 484 KB)