Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program Appeals


1. Introduction

This guidance document provides further information on the appeal procedure detailed in the RACGP Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program Appeals Policy.

2. Definitions

  1. AGPT Program means the Australian General Practice Training Program.
  2. AGPT registrar means a registrar registered under section 3GA of the Health Insurance Act 1973 in the Australian General Practice Training Program.
  3. Clinical decision has the same definition as in the Department of Health’s AGPT Appeals Policy 2020, and means a decision relating to a registrar’s clinical practice or competence.
  4. Clinical practice means a GP registrar’s clinical work with patients.
  5. Non-clinical decision has the same definition as in the Department of Health’s AGPT Appeals Policy 2020, and means a decision about a registrar’s participation in the AGPT Program that is not a clinical decision.
  6. Primary decision means the original clinical or non-clinical decision affecting an AGPT registrar

3. Guidance

3.1 Submitting an application for appeal

3.1.1 AGPT registrars wishing to appeal a clinical or non-clinical decision made by their RTO and/or the RACGP must download, complete and return the AGPT Program Application – Appeal form to education.appeals@racgp.orgu.au.

The cost of an appeal is covered by the Department of Health; the applicant is not required to pay any fee associated with their appeal application.

3.1.2 Applications must be submitted within 20 national office business days of receiving notification of the primary decision.

3.1.3 If the application is incomplete, the RACGP will request further information from the applicant. The RACGP may withdraw the application if the requested information is not received by the stipulated deadline.

3.1.4 The applicant may withdraw their application for appeal at any time before a determination has been made by emailing education.appeals@racgp.org.au.

3.2 Appeals Committee

3.2.1 Applications for appeal will be determined by an Appeals Committee. The Appeals Committee will confirm, amend or overturn the primary decision. The Appeals Committee may also make recommendations to the RTO if deemed appropriate in the circumstances.

3.2.2 The Appeals Committee will be convened by the CEO (or delegate). The composition of the Appeals Committee will be specific to the matter being appealed and will comprise the following members:

  1. "Chair" – a Fellow who is a current RACGP Censor but not on the RACGP Board;
  2. one Fellow of the RACGP familiar with the general operations of the RACGP related to the decision;
  3. one RACGP representative familiar with the general operations of the RACGP related to the decision; and
  4. one independent person who is not a member of the RACGP.

The Appeals Committee may include additional members, if deemed appropriate by the CEO (or delegate).

5. References

RACGP Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program Appeals Policy

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