Broaden your horizons

 with the AGPT Program

Express your interest

Choose your own path

Making the decision to become a GP can open up a life of endless possibilities – even more so if you decide to pursue the rural pathway.

When you apply for the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program with the RACGP, you can choose either the general or rural pathway. This will determine where you’ll be based to complete your training.

You can opt in to the AGPT Rural Generalist Policy (AGPT RG) at any stage of your training. You can also opt out of rural generalist training if your situation changes down the track, and continue your AGPT training with no disruption.

This allows you the time to understand which training pathway is best suited to you and the needs of your community.

We also offer the Fellowship of Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP) which you can work towards while training as a registrar. The FARGP provides an opportunity to develop additional procedural or non-procedural skills, emergency medicine skills and to build greater connections with your community.

Fellowship of the RACGP will allow you to work in unsupervised general practice anywhere in Australia, joining more than 23,000 GPs who have completed their training with us since 1958. You can apply for the AGPT Program any time from your intern year onwards.

Find out more about pathways

Your journey towards a career of endless possibilities starts now  

Applications for the final 2021 intake of the AGPT Program are open on Monday 31 August 2020.

Take your next step into the varied and fulfilling life of a GP.

Choose the rural pathway and help address inequalities in healthcare and ensure all Australians have access to same high quality of care.

Express your interest

Your journey towards a career of endless possibilities starts now


Broaden your horizons and your practice

Training to become a rural or remote GP offers more variety, flexibility and lifestyle options than any other medical specialty. It’s where you can have real impact; where it’s needed most. Training places are available all over Australia – from towns on the fringe of capital cities, to regional coastal areas and remote outback locations. Living and working in a local community will provide you with opportunities to realise your full potential as a GP.

Benefits of choosing the rural pathway with the RACGP

  • Access additional skills training such as mental health, addiction medicine, paediatrics, anaesthetics, surgery and obstetrics.
  • Gain a greater depth and breadth of experience working more closely with local communities.
  • Experience both hospital and community-based primary care.
  • Play a part in addressing the health needs of communities with lower access to health care.
  • Access mentors and professional relationships which may not be possible in metropolitan areas.
  • Increase your earning capacity – some placements offer financial incentives not available in metropolitan locations.
  • Enjoy lifestyle benefits of country living and being immersed in local communities.
  • Connect with likeminded colleagues through national faculties including RACGP GPs in Training, RACGP Rural and RACGP Specific Interests.

The diversity in health presentations means rural and remote GPs can expand their skills and take on a variety of clinical opportunities in hospital and community-based work using a range of procedural and non-procedural skills, emergency response, after-hours services, outreach clinics and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health initiatives.


What's it really like to train on the rural pathway?


AGPT Program 2021 key dates

10am AEST Monday 31 August

Applications open

10am AEST Monday 21 September

Applications close

Friday 2 October

First intake eligibility finalisation

Monday 19 October – Friday 23 October

Candidate Assessment and Applied Knowledge Test (CAAKT)

Thursday 5 November

Applicants advised of CAAKT outcome

Thursday 5 November – Tuesday 10 November

Applicants preference change period

Thursday 12 November

RTOs and applicants advised of interview allocations

Saturday 21 November – Sunday 29 November

RTO final intake interviews

Friday 11 December

Final intake offers finalised

Hear from the GP training frontline in this AGPT webinar series, co-hosted by Regional Training Organisations (RTOs). Current GP registrars will join us live to give insight into what life's like as a GP registrar. You'll also have the opportunity to talk directly to RTOs in breakout rooms about their training places.

Topic Date Time Watch the recording
Q&A with EVGPT and GP Synergy Wednesday 19 August 6.00 pm AEST Watch the recording
RACGP application and selection process Wednesday 26 August 6.00 pm AEST Watch the recording
Q&A with JCU and GPEx Tuesday 1 September 7.00 pm AEST -
Q&A with WAGPET and NTGPE Wednesday 2 September 7.00 pm AEST Watch the recording
FARGP and RG with RACGP Monday 7 September 7.00 pm AEST Watch the recording
CAAKT with the RACGP Thursday 8 October 6.00 pm AEDT Register

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What you need to know

Application and selection process

Find out what's involved in the application and selection process of the AGPT Program with the RACGP.

Find out more  

Regional training organisations

You can nominate up to four regions where you’d like to do your training. Find out about the organisations that support you throughout AGPT.

Choose your RTO  

Application resources

Check out our resources that can help make the application process a bit smoother.

Browse resources  

Training in rural and remote areas

Explore the opportunities that are available in regional Australia.

Consider rural  

Frequently asked questions

Browse our collection of frequently asked questions.

View FAQs  

Preparing for the CAAKT

You’ll need to sit an online assessment as part of the AGPT selection process.

Find out more  

Stories from the frontline

Explore the opportunities that are available in regional Australia.

Meet GP Registrars  

Training placement locations

Find out where there are still places
available next year.​


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GPs in Training Faculty

Connect with like-minded colleagues who can support you on your training journey.

Visit the faculty  

Are you eligible to apply?

You do not need general medical registration to apply

One of the eligibility criteria for the AGPT Program is that you need to hold, or expect to hold, general medical registration by the time you start training. COVID-19 has caused disruptions for some doctors obtaining their registration, so to accommodate any delays, we will be offering two commencement periods next year - January/February and July/August 2021.

If you currently hold provisional or limited registration, you are still encouraged to apply for this final intake. However, any training offers made will be conditional upon you receiving general registration before the commencement of training. If general registration is not received, your training place offer may be withdrawn.

Download our Eligibilty guide and Selection guide to find out if you are in a position to apply for this intake and if so, what you need to do to get started.

Eligibility guide    Selection guide