RACGP Selection for Entry into the AGPT


1.0 Introduction

This document provides further information on the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program’s Selection Policy and processes referred to in the RACGP Selection for Entry into the AGPT Program Policy.

The document aims to inform applicants for the AGPT Program of the criteria for assessment of their application and the stages of the selection process.

2.0 Definitions

Applicant A medical practitioner who is applying for entry into the Australian General Practice Training Program (AGPT) Program

Candidate A medical practitioner who has applied for selection into the RACGP Vocational Training Pathway and has progressed to participation in the RACGP selection process

3.0 Guidance

The selection process comprises the following stages:

  • Application
  • Eligibility
  • Enrolment and assessment
  • RTO interview
  • Offer of training placement

These stages are outlined in detail below.

3.1 Application

3.1.1 The applicant submits an application to the Department of Health (DOH) via the RACGP website.

3.2 Eligibility

3.2.1 Following applicant entry through the RACGP website, the DOH will undertake eligibility checks and will record eligible applicants.

3.3 Enrolment and assessment

3.3.1 The RACGP will receive all data concerning eligible candidates defined by pathway. The RACGP will then:

3.3.1.1 notify candidates of their eligibility for the AGPT Program

3.3.1.2 direct candidates to a national registration website where they will be prompted to log in and enrol for the pre-selection test

3.3.1.3 instruct candidates as to how to pay the test fee.

3.3.2 Upon payment of the test fee of $725, the candidate will then select an available test centre.

3.3.3 The Candidate Assessment and Applied Knowledge Test (CAAKT), comprised of Knowledge Test questions and Situational Judgement Test questions, is a 2.5-hour online test, undertaken at a test venue. Test venues will be located around Australia. The CAAKT will run on a single day.

3.3.4 Standards from the CAAKT will be ranked to determine those candidates meeting or exceeding the required standard. Candidates who achieve the required standard may be invited to progress to Stage Three – RTO interview.  Candidates falling below the required standard will be advised that they will not progress further in the selection process for the current intake.

3.4RTO Interview

3.4.1 Candidates who meet the required CAAKT standard will be ranked, and assigned to an RTO for interview according to their rank, geographical preference and pathway preference.

3.4.2 The higher the standard achieved in the CAAKT the more likely it will be that a first preference will be allocated.

3.4.3 Applicants may attend one RTO interview in the first round of interviews from their priority listing of up to four preferences. Interviews will be located a venues determined by each RTO.

3.4.4 The format of the interview process (i.e. MMI or singular interview format) will be at the discretion of the RTO. After the RTO interview, scores for each candidate are forwarded from the RTOs to the RACGP.

3.4.5 RTOs will make the final determination as to which applicants will be offered training placements.

3.5 Offer of training placement

3.5.1 Candidates are advised of the successful placements through a joint RTO/RACGP letter from the RTO.

3.6 Additional placement rounds

3.6.1 Candidates that did not receive a first round interview offer or candidates that did not receive a first round placement offer are able to renominate for any unfilled positions for round two. If there are placements remaining after round two, subsequent placement rounds may be offered.

3.6.2 The RACGP will notify all applicants of second round and subsequent program placement opportunities.

4.0 References

RACGP Selection for Entry into the AGPT Program Policy