Frequently asked questions

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.

  • Applications open: 10:00 am AEDT Monday 22 March 2021
  • Applications close: 11:59 pm AEST Tuesday 20 April 2021

Applicants commence their application for the AGPT Program by registering online, via the RACGP website. They then complete an online application, providing supporting documentation and referee details, as well as nominating training region/pathway preferences.

Once received, applications will be assessed by the RACGP’s Eligibility team to establish whether the eligibility criteria for the AGPT Program are met, with applicants receiving advice on the outcome of their application by Tuesday 25 May 2021. Eligible applicants will then be able to proceed to the next stage of the selection process, the Candidate Assessment and Applied Knowledge Test (CAAKT). The RACGP will provide information on how to enrol in this.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is available for different components of the AGPT Program, including hospital training and the Extended Skills (ES) term. If you have hospital experience or experience relevant to an ES term, you may be eligible for RPL. This can reduce your training time, with the maximum overall reduction available being 52 weeks.

If you are accepted onto the AGPT Program, your RTO can support you in putting together an application for RPL, including submitting it to the RACGP on your behalf. Once submitted, your application is reviewed by the Censor, who comes to a decision. Information on the specific requirements for RPL is available in the Recognition of Prior Learning PolicyandApplying for Recognition of Prior Learning guidance document. Applicants can also contact the RTO in their preferred training region for preliminary advice.

To be eligible for the AGPT Program, applicants must hold or expect to hold general medical registration by the commencement of the training. Applicants who currently hold provisional or limited registration are able to apply, however training offers to these applicants are conditional on them receiving general registration before the commencement of training. If general registration is not received, the training place offer is likely to be withdrawn.

All applicants will have the opportunity to review and amend their training region preferences via the AGPT applicant portal after the Candidate Assessment and Applied Knowledge Test (CAAKT).                 There is a preference change period Thursday 8 July 2021 to Tuesday 13 July 2021.