Applying for Entry into the Practice Based Assessment Pathway


Education IMGs Fellowship Policy framework Guidance documents Applying for Entry into the Practice Based Assessment Pathway

1. Introduction

This guidance document explains how applicants can apply for entry to the Practice Based Assessment Pathway.

2. Definitions

Applicant A medical practitioner applying for entry into the Practice Based

Assessment Pathway Candidate A medical practitioner enrolled in the Practice Based Assessment Pathway

PBA Practice Based Assessment

RACGP Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

3. Guidance

3.1 Application completion and submission

a. Review the requirements of the PBA Pathway

The applicant must read and understand the policies relating to the Practice Based Assessment Pathway before considering an application. The policies are available within the Fellowship Pathways Policy Framework.

b. Review the timelines for the PBA Pathway

The applicant must review, understand and adhere to the application timelines for the relevant exam cycle which are available on timelines and fees.

c. Complete the self-assessment tool

The applicant must access the PBA Pathway self-assessment tool on the RACGP website to determine their eligibility to apply for the PBA Pathway.

The applicant will be prompted to answer four questions which will appear on the screen. Based on the answers provided, the applicant will be advised of their eligibility. This selfassessment is not binding on the RACGP and each application will be individually assessed.

Applicants who are not eligible will be directed back to the RACGP website to determine their most appropriate pathway to Fellowship.

Eligible applicants who access the self-assessment tool outside of the application period will be advised of their eligibility and directed back to the RACGP website for the relevant details of the next available application period.

Eligible applicants who access the self-assessment tool during an application period will be advised to contact the RACGP to request an application.

Please refer to timelines and fees for further information on the application timelines for the relevant exam cycle.

d. Request a PBA Pathway application form

The applicant must contact the PBA Delivery Team via telephone on 1800 626 901 to request access to the PBA Pathway online application form.

The applicant will be screened by the PBA Delivery Team and, if determined eligible, will be sent an e-mail with a link to access the relevant online application form.

e. Pay the PBA Pathway application fee

Along with the link to access the PBA Pathway application form, the applicant will also be sent an invoice for payment of the required application fee. This payment is completed online and must be made before the application can be considered. Applications will not be reviewed or considered if the application fee has not been paid.

f. Complete the PBA Pathway application form

The applicant must complete all sections of the PBA Pathway application form as follows:

a. Personal details – this must include:

  • First name
  • Surname
  • Home address
  • RACGP ID
  • Contact telephone number
  • E-mail address
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status.

The applicant will be asked to indicate if they have completed a CPR course within the last 12 months; if they answer yes, they will be required to provide evidence of completion of this course.

The applicant will also be asked to upload a copy of their current CV which must be signed and dated within the last six months.

b. Medical registration details – this must include:

  • Medical registration number
  • Medical registration expiry date

The applicant will be asked if they have any conditions, undertakings, reprimands or notifications on their medical registration; if their answer is yes, explanatory documentary evidence must be uploaded.

The applicant will be asked if they have any complaints or investigations pending with AHPRA; if their answer is yes, explanatory documentary evidence must be uploaded.

c. General practice experience details – this must include:

  • Overseas general practice experience
  • Australian general practice experience.

d. Practice details – this must include:

  • Practice name and address
  • How long the applicant has worked at their current practice
  • General practice information such as:
    • District of Workforce Shortage (DWS) status
    • Monash Model (MM) classification
    • Location
    • Staff numbers

The applicant will be asked to upload a letter of support from their current practice confirming their commencement date and their hours of employment.

e. Patient details – this must include:

  • Number of patients per week
  • Breakdown of patients by:
    • Gender
    • Age
    • Frequency of visits
    • Location of consultation
  • Percentage of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander patients
  • Percentage of culturally and/or linguistically diverse patients

f. Declaration and indemnity

The applicant is required to read and confirm that they have understood all terms and conditions of their application.

Applicants must provide current, full and verifiable information in their application. The RACGP will take reasonable steps to verify the information provided. Submission of plagiarised, false or misleading information will be handled as per the Educational Misconduct Policy.

g. Submit the application

When the applicant has completed all of the above steps, they will be able to submit their application. This must be done before the application closing date – please refer to timelines and fees for further information on the application period for the relevant exam cycle. Beyond the application closing date, the applicant will not be able to access or submit their application.

3.2 Application receipt and processing

a. Confirming receipt of the application

The applicant will receive an e-mail from the PBA Delivery Team confirming receipt of their application.

b. Reviewing the application

The application will be checked by the PBA Delivery Team to ensure that the applicant has submitted a complete application including all of the required supporting documents. If the application is incomplete, the applicant will be contacted by the PBA Delivery Team to submit the missing information. This must be done before the closing date for applications. If an application remains incomplete beyond the closing date, the application will be refused.

The complete application will be reviewed by the PBA Delivery Team to ensure that the applicant meets the relevant entry requirements as outlined in clauses 5c, d, e and f of the Practice Based Assessment Pathway Entry Policy. If the applicant does not meets the relevant entry requirements, the application will be refused.

3.3 Application selection and outcome

a. Selection process

The maximum number of applicants selected for an exam cycle is 20. Applications will be considered on their merits by the PBA Delivery Team, with the following factors impacting an applicant’s potential for selection:

  • The period of time the applicant has spent in their current practice
  • The period of time the applicant has spent in Australian general practice
  • The Monash Model (MM) classification of the applicant’s practice
  • The District of Workforce Shortage (DWS) status of the applicant’s practice

b. Outcome notification process

All applicants will receive an outcome notification via e-mail as follows

i. Applicants who have been selected will be advised that they have been accepted for entry to the PBA Pathway and will be provided with instructions on how to confirm their place.

ii. Applicants who have not been selected will be advised that they have not been accepted for entry to the PBA Pathway and will be provided information on pathway options available to them.

c. Confirmation of acceptance

All selected applicants are required to confirm their acceptance on the PBA Pathway within 5 working days of receipt of notification.

4. References

Practice Based Assessment Pathway - Entry Policy
Practice Based Assessment Pathway - Examination Eligibility Policy
Practice Based Assessment Pathway - Requirements for Fellowship Policy


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