Qualifications and experience

Frequently asked questions

An OTD is an applicant who obtained their primary medical qualification in a country other than Australia or New Zealand. You may be eligible to apply if you meet the following requirements:

  • Hold Australian citizenship or permanent residency by the close of applications.
  • Completed all elements of the AMC on either the ‘Competent Authority Pathway’ or ‘Standard Pathway’ and hold an AMC certificate if applicable; and
  • Hold or expect to hold general registration by commencement of training.

An AMC candidate is an OTD who is currently undertaking the AMC exams, but has not completed all of the AMC requirements. If you have not completed all of the AMC requirements and have not received your AMC certificate prior to close of applications you will not be eligible to apply for the AGPT Program.

An AMC graduate is an OTD who has completed all aspects of the AMC requirements and has received their AMC certificate. AMC graduates must supply their AMC certificate.

No. If your medical degree was not obtained in Australia or New Zealand you must have successfully completed and passed all the requirements of the AMC before the closing date of applications. You must include details of your AMC certificate as part of your application.

Applicants who commenced on the Competent Authority Pathway after 1 July 2014 will not be awarded an AMC certificate. If an applicant undertaking the Competent Authority Pathway currently holds general registration, no further supporting documentation is required.

If an applicant undertaking the Competent Authority Pathway currently holds provisional registration, they must provide a copy of their Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) 12 month supervision letter to support their AGPT Program application.

The mandatory hospital rotations are medicine, surgery, emergency medicine and paediatrics. These must be completed prior to entry into general practice terms but do not need to be completed prior to application and entry into the RACGP AGPT Program. The following list provides a guide to the mandatory rotations required.

Postgraduate Year (PGY 1) - Rotations required to achieve general registration

Postgraduate Year (PGY 2) or later - Fellowship requirements




Three rotations of choice relevant to general practice



Refer to the RACGP's documents below and ask the RTO in your preferred training region for more detailed information

Alternatively, contact the RTO in your preferred training region, who can direct you to the relevant medical education team to discuss. Contact information for the RTOs can be found on the AGPT website at Training Organisations.

The Paediatric rotation is not an eligibility requirement for the AGPT Program. However, it must be completed in order to receive Fellowship. For more information about mandatory rotations for the Program, please contact your preferred RTO. A list of the RTO contacts can be found on the AGPT website.

The usual rotation requirements for interns in 2020 have been waived. More information on this can be found on the Mebical Board website. You will still be able to apply for the AGPT Program, and can discuss suitable hospital rotations for you first year of training with your preferred RTO.

The RACGP is very mindful that planned hospital terms may be disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While satisfactory completion of dedicated mandatory terms (paediatric, emergency, general medicine and general surgery) terms prior to GP term placement is generally required, in many instances there are ways to provide evidence that you have achieved outcomes of those terms in alternative ways. RTOs can work with the State Censor to advise on your individual case.