I want to apply for the PEP


Frequently asked questions


The 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 aims to provide targeted educational support for non-VR doctors (mostly international medical graduates [IMGs]) to help them deliver quality general practice care to their patients.

From January 2022, it will be compulsory that all RACGP Fellowship exam candidates complete either the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program or the PEP in order to be eligible to obtain Fellowship of the RACGP (FRACGP).

Extraordinary exception: GPE Pathway candidates affected by the 2020.2 AKT and KFP cancellations* will have a six month extension, and will not be required to complete an RACGP-approved program before continuing to sit the Fellowship exams until 1 July 2022 (2022.2 semester).

For further information, please contact educationpolicy@racgp.org.au.

*affected candidates are those who had a valid enrolment in the 2020.2 AKT and/or KFP as of 9am AEDT Friday 9 October 2020.


The PEP is an RACGP initiative that will be delivered in partnership with training organisations.


You can refer to About the PEP or the PEP application page for specific details. Participants commencing the Practice Experience Program (PEP) in 2020 and onwards will need to undertake the PEP Entry Assessment (PEPEA).


You can only be in one Fellowship Program at a time. If you accept your place on the PEP, you must withdraw from the AGPT or RVTS before starting.

If you’re considering transferring from the AGPT or RVTS, the RACGP will be able to get you a provider number for the PEP, but it can take up to 12 weeks (or longer) for the new number to become active.

You can also apply for the PEP if you’ve completed one of these programs (AGPT or RVTS).


You can apply for the PEP while remaining on the RLRP. The RACGP will facilitate new provider numbers to GPs whose numbers expire after 1 January 2019.

Please read FAQs for Provider numbers, 3GA status and Medicare rebates for more information on provider numbers.


The PEP is not recommended for current SRP/SPP candidates, due to the conditions of your registration under the Medical Board of Australia’s (MBA’s) Specialist Pathway. This pathway has conditions that require you to obtain Fellowship within a limited time of starting work in Australia, depending on your categorisation. You cannot sit RACGP Fellowship exams until you have completed your allocated PEP program time, which means you may not be able to complete all requirements.


Anyone who’s been on a non–vocationally registered (non-VR) Fellowship Support Program attracting government funding (either the ACRRM Independent Pathway from 1 January 2019 or the RACGP PEP) is not eligible for funding under the other program.

If you left the ACRRM Independent Pathway prior to 1 January 2019, you’re eligible to join the PEP (assuming other eligibility requirements are met).
 


Yes. The PEP is an Australian Government-supported program funded under the Stronger Rural Health Strategy. Please note, you will need to meet eligibility requirements to be considered for the program, although meeting these requirements does not guarantee you a place in the PEP.


Yes. The PEP is an Australian Government-supported program funded under the Stronger Rural Health Program. Please note, you will need to meet eligibility requirements to be considered for the program, although meeting these requirements does not guarantee you a place in the PEP.


No. But please note, you will need to meet eligibility requirements to be considered for the PEP, although meeting these requirements does not guarantee you a place in the program.


Yes, however you are required to complete the same program requirements as a participant working full-time on the PEP. Part-time general practice must comprise a 14.5-hour minimum working week, over a minimum of two days per week, of which a minimum of 10.5 hours must be in face-to-face, rostered, patient consultation time undertaking general practice activities. Work periods of less than three consecutive hours, or of less than one month in any one practice, will not be considered.


Your PEP duration is determined by one or more factor/s. These are:

  • information from a valid general practice experience (GPE) assessment (submitted at the time of your PEP application), OR
  • if a valid GPE assessment is not available, then GP experience is calculated using a CV (taking into consideration 3 years of recency) (submitted at the time of your PEP application), OR
  • if you are an ex-Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) registrar (noted at the time of your PEP application), OR
  • if your PEP Entry Assessment (PEPEA) band is P1 or P2, then an additional 6 months is added to the program length.

It is also determined by the Australian Government’s funding for the program.


The PEP is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health’s Stronger Rural Health Strategy and has been designed to support non–vocationally registered (non-VR) doctors on their journey to RACGP Fellowship. Funding is currently not available to VR doctors however we are hoping to open places and we will update this page as soon as it becomes available. 


Yes. All applicants and participants must:

  • appear on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) Register of Practitioners as a medical practitioner by the date of commencement of the first term of PEP
  • hold registration under the general, limited or provisional registration categories with AHPRA
  • hold current Australian medical registration and have promptly disclosed all details of any past or present:
    1. Restrictions, conditions, suspensions and/or undertakings on their medical registration; and
    2. regulatory authority activity, whether in Australia or otherwise, that:
      1. has led or may lead to a restriction, condition, suspension and/or undertaking on medical registration; or
      2. has led to an adverse finding for the medical practitioner, or forms part of an ongoing investigation.
    Candidates must disclose changes to their medical registration via email to education@racgp.org.au.


No. Doctors on limited area of need or provisional categories of medical registration may be eligible for the program, as long as practice location requirements are met so they can access a Medicare provider number under the PEP.


Yes. You will carry any exam pass results with you into the PEP, in line with clause 6.1 of the Fellowship Exam Attempts Policy. Existing pass results obtained before 2019.1 remain valid in accordance with the exam candidate handbook that was in place at the time of the first pass – usually three years.

If you enter the PEP, exam expiry will be frozen for the duration of your program; you will then have the remainder of the three years after you complete your program to pass any remaining exam segments.

If you have no passes before entering the PEP, you will have three years from the point of becoming eligible to pass all three segments, in line with clause 6.1 of the Fellowship Exam Attempts Policy.

Please note, you are not able to enrol in any exams until you have completed your program time satisfactorily.


Yes. Provided you meet the program eligibility requirements, holding exam passes does not affect whether you can enter the PEP.


All candidates who already hold exam pass results will carry them into the PEP Standard Stream. Exams passed before 2019.1 remain valid in accordance with the exam candidate handbook that was in place at the time of the first pass – usually three years. After three years, those passes will expire and you will begin a new exam candidacy under the Fellowship Exam Attempts Policy.

If you have passed exam segments after 2019.1, your exam candidacy will be paused while you are in the PEP and your passes will remain valid for the rest of your candidacy. If you enter the PEP, exam expiry will be frozen for the duration of your program; you will then have the remainder of the three years after you complete your program to pass any remaining exam segments.

If you have no passes before entering the PEP, you will have three years from the point of your first exam attempt to pass all three segments, in line with clause 6.1 of the Fellowship Exam Attempts Policy.

In line with the General Practice Experience Pathway – Exam Eligibility Policy, participants may not sit Fellowship examinations while still in the PEP Standard Stream. Participants can enrol in examinations prior to completion of the program, but must have completed allocated program time by the time that they sit the exams.


We’re always here to help, so you can email pepadmin@racgp.org.au if these FAQs have not answered your question/s.

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