Eligibility


Frequently asked questions


The RACGP can only confirm eligibility by examining a submitted application and supporting documents. To be eligible, you must:

  • Be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian permanent resident or on an accepted temporary visa with an active Australian permanent residency application.
  • Have recognised medical qualifications.
  • Hold, or expect to hold, general medical registration prior to the commencement of training.
  • If required by your Regional Training Organisation (RTO) or the RACGP, be willing to cease training on any other vocational training programs, if you are successful in gaining a training position on the AGPT program.
  • Have fulfilled all requirements of the Australian Medical Council (AMC), or the Competent Authority pathway, if you obtained your medical qualification outside of Australia or New Zealand (For overseas trained doctors only).
  • For more information, please refer to the Program Eligibility Guide in the AGPT Eligibility Guidelines.


The RACGP can only determine eligibility by examining a submitted application and supporting documents. To self-assess your eligibility:

  • Be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian permanent resident or on an accepted temporary visa with an active Australian permanent residency application.
  • Establish your current citizenship and/or residency status and your current medical qualifications.
  • Download the AGPT Eligibility Guidelines from the RACGP website.
  • Use the AGPT Program Eligibility Guide flowchart in the AGPT Eligibility Guidelines to self-assess your eligibility.


Applications can be accepted from temporary residents (who hold a 457, 482, 491, 494 or 820 visa subclass) who obtained their primary medical qualification in Australia or New Zealand. However, the following additional documentation is required:

  • Evidence of an active Australian permanent residency application; OR
  • Completion of the ‘Temporary resident applicant declaration’ stating that you will gain Australian permanent residency prior to the completing the AGPT Program.

Note

If you are not yet an Australian permanent resident, it is your responsibility to ensure that your current visa allows you to work as an AGPT registrar.

Are you an overseas-trained doctor?

Overseas-trained doctors residing on a temporary visa are ineligible for the AGPT Program, unless they receive Australian permanent residency prior to the close of applications.

Use the AGPT Program Eligibility Flow Chart in the AGPT Eligibility Guidelines to self-assess eligibility status.


Are you an Australian trained doctor?

You may be eligible to apply if you meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a current 457, Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) 482, 491 or 494 visa subclass
  • Hold or expect to hold general medical registration by the commencement of the
    2021 training year
  • Provide a letter of support from the RTO within your preferred training region, confirming the RTO can support your AGPT training within the restrictions of your visa.

AND

  • Provide a Statutory Declaration stating your intention to obtain Australian permanent residency or Australian/New Zealand citizenship prior to the completion of your AGPT training. The Statutory Declaration Template can be found on the AGPT website.

OR

  • Provide evidence of an active Australian permanent residency application.

Note

Only selected RTOs are able to support 457, TSS 482, 491, 494, and 820 visa holders for the AGPT Program. Please contact your preferred RTO directly to confirm if they will support your visa.

Due to individual visa requirements, the Department of Health, RACGP, and RTOs are not able to sponsor these visas.

All visa subclasses have their own obligations, it is your responsibility to ensure you comply with all visa obligations/restrictions.

 

If you are a current registrar in the AGPT Program you must formally resign and provide evidence of your resignation acceptance with your new AGPT application for the AGPT Program, by close of applications.

If you are enrolled in the ACRRM Independent Pathway (IP), the Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS) or the RACGP Practice Experience Pathway (PEP) you must provide a Statutory Declaration of your intention to withdraw prior to the commencement of the training year.

The Statutory Declaration Template can be found on the RACGP website.

 

If you are enrolled in a vocational training program not leading to general practitioner registration you must agree to the applicant declaration in your online application, stating that if required by the RTO within your training region and/or the RACGP, you will resign from your other training program.

You are strongly advised to discuss your training plans with the RTO who occupies your preferred training region before you apply. A list of RTO contacts is available on the RACGP website.


It is not an eligibility requirement for you to have a driver’s licence; however placement in some practices may not be available if you do not hold a current Australian drivers licence and/or independent means of transport.

You should discuss this with the RTO in the training region(s) you are considering nominating, to establish any restrictions this may place on you.