Frequently asked questions


FAQs about general practice training with the RACGP


The Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program is an Australian government initiative which provides training for doctors to achieve general practice Fellowship and gain specialist registration. The AGPT Program is three to four years of full-time training offered in metropolitan, rural, remote and very remote locations nationally. It comprises hospital training, general practice placements and extended skills training.


You can apply for the AGPT Program as early as your intern year. Final intake applications closed on Monday 23 September 2019. If you're interested in applying for the 2021 AGPT Program, you can express your interest here.


There are three main stages; Application and determining eligibility, the national assessment – which consists of the Candidate Assessment and Applied Knowledge Test (CAAKT) – and interviewing with a regional training organisation (RTO). For further information, you can listen to the recorded webinar on the process here.


In order to decide which RTO you would like to train with, it is recommended that you contact the RTOs you are interested in and ask them questions to help inform your decision. You can find the contact details for the RTOs here.


Eligible candidates are required to pay a fee of $725 to participate in the Candidate Assessment and Applied Knowledge Test (CAAKT), which is part of the RACGP selection process. An alternative payment option will be available for candidates experiencing financial hardship.


Doctors on the RACGP’s Vocational Training Pathway are required to be financial RACGP Registrar members. Please refer to our Registrar Membership Policy for further information on this.


The Candidate Assessment and Applied Knowledge Test (CAAKT) is a computer-based test which comprises 20 Knowledge Test (KT) questions and 50 Situational Judgement Test (SJT) questions. Candidates must obtain a minimum standard to proceed to the next stage of the selection process. The questions in the CAAKT are partly derived using competency indicators from the RACGP Competency Profile of the general practitioner at the point of Fellowship. For further information you can listen to the recording of the CAAKT webinar for the final intake for the 2020 AGPT Program here.


KT questions are multiple choice questions which aim to test your clinical knowledge. These questions do not focus on a broad range of medical knowledge, but specifically on acute emergency situations and potentially serious conditions. These are pitched at pre-vocational candidates seeking to enter general practice training.


SJT questions aim to assess a candidate’s judgement in a range of professional scenarios, often with a focus on ethical, moral, legal issues and professionalism. These questions seek to assess your reasoning in these scenarios.  The questions will come in a range of formats so please read the questions and the instructions carefully.


For this type of question, the answer is not simply marked as ‘correct’ or ‘incorrect’. There is a range of scores possible in each of the SJT items. You will be awarded some marks for partially correct answers and full marks for completely correct answers.


You are only permitted to sit the CAAKT once per year and so your result from the first intake stands. If you did not reach the minimum standard, you will need to wait until next year - when intake commences for the 2021 AGPT Program - to participate again.


The CAAKT will be held from Wednesday 23 October to Friday 25 October 2019. Candidates will be able to select their preferred location and date, subject to availability.


Adelaide
Brisbane
Darwin
Hobart
Melbourne
Perth
Sydney


In order to prepare for the CAAKT, we recommend that you take a look at the webinars we have available here, as well as familiarising yourself with the five domains of general practice and reading information provided in the FAQs about the CAAKT and SJT and KT questions.


All applicants who meet the minimum standard in the CAAKT are included in the interview allocations process. During this process, an automated system works through the list of eligible applicants in order, according to their ranking band, allocating applicants to interview according to their first available training preference.

Interview allocations are dependent upon an applicant’s CAAKT ranking, their training preferences (both region and pathway), the number of training places available and the number of applicants in higher ranking bands who have nominated the same preferences.

As there are limited training places available, not all eligible applicants will secure an interview with one of their preferred regions.


If you attended an interview for a particular training region/pathway in the first intake and did not receive or accept an offer, you will not be reallocated to interview with the same training region/pathway in the final intake. This means that you will need to nominate a different training region/pathway combination.


Each candidate is able to list four preferred training regions in their online application. Candidates who are successful in the CAAKT may be allocated to one of their preferred training regions for interview. Candidates who perform better in the CAAKT are more likely to be allocated to interview for their first preferred training region/pathway. However, training places are limited in all regions so allocation to interview is not guaranteed.


If you are successful in being offered an interview, it will be conducted by an RTO from one of the training regions you have preferenced. Interviews will consist of five common questions in either multiple mini interview or single panel interview format. Each RTO has the opportunity to ask an additional three questions specific to their region.


The Fellowship of the RACGP (FRACGP) is the same program for both the general and rural pathways, however, the context that the registrar is in significantly influences how those skills are utilised. Additionally, in the rural pathway the opportunity is available to develop further relevant rural skills by undertaking the Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP). The AGPT Program has requirements as to where registrars may work according to pathway choice; general pathway registrars may work in any general practice location, whereas rural pathway registrars are required to work in rural and remote general practice placements.


If you are subject to the 10-year moratorium, there may be restrictions regarding which pathway you can apply for. You can find further information on this in the DoH AGPT Handbook or on the AGPT website. DoH have updated their handbook; it is now called General Practice Training in Australia – The Guide.


FARGP is a specialist twelve-month program for registrars wishing to specialise in rural general practice. It is recommended that the FARGP is undertaken during general practice training to enable you to get the most out of your experience and fulfil the majority of FARGP requirements before heading into the FRACGP exams. FARGP can also be undertaken post-Fellowship. More information available at RACGP FARGP.


If you are accepted into the AGPT Program you can work with your RTO to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL is assessed in accord with the RACGP’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy. If granted, RPL may reduce your training time.


Registrars on the AGPT Program remain in their training region for the duration of training. Candidates should only nominate a training region they are willing to train in for the entire AGPT Program and if necessary, relocate to. While it is possible to transfer once training has begun, this needs to be approved by both RTOs involved. Transfers from rural to general pathways must be supported by evidence of exceptional circumstances that justify a pathway change, and be approved by the DoH.

Transfers between training regions and pathways are restricted and never guaranteed. For more information, please refer to AGPT Policies.


As a FRACGP general practitioner (GP), general practice earnings can be determined based on a number of factors, including, but not limited to hours worked, complexity, Medicare item numbers, number of patient presentations and billing practices.

When working in a general practice setting, Fellowed GPs earnings are supported through access to A1 Medicare rebates.

To find out more about what you can expect to earn in different practice settings visit GPRA NTCER to access the General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA) earnings calculator. The calculator is based on the earnings of a Fellowed GP. Importantly, there is no difference in MBS patient rebates based on what general practice fellowship has been obtained.


For RACGP selection enquiries please email racgpeducation@racgp.org.au or call 1800 4RACGP | 1800 472 247.