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Practice Experience Program (PEP)

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About the Practice Experience Program

The RACGP’s Practice Experience Program (PEP) Standard Stream is a self-directed education program designed to support non-vocationally registered (non-VR) doctors on their journey to RACGP Fellowship. The PEP is designed for non-VR GPs working in MMM2 to MMM7 areas and funded under the Australian Government's Stronger Rural Health Strategy. This program is delivered in partnership with the Regional Training Organisations (RTOs) and the Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS).

The PEP is structured in terms. Each term is six months and the program duration can range from two to five terms. The completion of a minimum of five online learning units will be expected per term. Unit activities are largely practice-based. Participants also receive the support of a mentor from their allocated training organisation.

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Step 1 – Check your eligibility


  • Hold current Australian medical registration – please note that this registration can be general, provisional or limited (area of need) so long as practice location requirements, to allow access to a Medicare Provider number under PEP, are met
  • Have a job or a job offer delivering comprehensive general practice services in a Modified Monash Model (MMM) 2–7 area*
  • Pass the Practice Experience Program Entry Assessment (PEPEA)

*You can check the MMM area of your job using the Health Workforce Locator on the DoctorConnect website.

Step 2 – Access the application

Applications open 13 January – 31 January 2020

Step 3 – Complete the application


  • Medical registration certificate
  • Comprehensive CV using the RACGP template
  • Letter of support using the RACGP template, and letter of job offer

Step 4 – Get your assessment outcome

The outcome of the applicaton is delivered via email three weeks after applications close. If you are deemed eligible to progress, we will send you an invitation to enrol into the PEPEA.

Step 5 – PEP Entry Assessment

You must pass the PEPEA to be eligible to enter the program.

The rules have changed

The Commonwealth has introduced new rules for non-VR GPs who want to work in Australia.

From January 2022, it will be compulsory for non-VR GPs who don’t have a specialist qualification to complete an approved program to be eligible to sit the RACGP Fellowship exams.


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The structure of the program

Learniong units

Learning units

The learning units provide the main online education support. Participants will be provided with a personalised learning program outlining which learning units on the areas of Australian general practice they need to focus on.

Workplace based assessment

Workplace based assessment

During each term (i.e. six months), the participant will be assessed at the workplace by a medical educator (ME) assessor in order to determine their progress in the program.



- provider number with access to full A1 Medicare rebates
- ME mentoring throughout the program
- expert support from an established training organisation
- Australian Commonwealth government co-funding

How long does it take?

Below you’ll find some examples of typical scenarios facing non-VR GPs trained doctors and how long they can expect to be in the program before sitting the Fellowship exams.

12 months
18 months
2 years

Key dates


Applications are currently closed

will reopen 13 January - 31 January 2020

PEP Entry Assessment

Saturday 11 January 2020

Program start date

6 April 2020

Fees and charges

The program is co-funded by the Commonwealth, keeping fees down for participants.

  • Cost of the Practice Experience Program Entry Assessment (PEPEA) $725, payable by the applicant.
  • Cost per term (6 months) is $2,000 payable by the applicant

Refer to our fees and charges page for more information.

Have a question?

See our FAQs.

Please be advised these FAQs are updated frequently.

To find out more about the PEP and how it can help secure your future, please visit the PEP section of the RACGP website.

Should you have further questions, please contact our Members Services Centre on 1800 472 247 or contact the PEP team at