1. Practice Experience Program Transfer Policy
1.1 Policy number: CO-E-0050.0
1.2 Category: Education
1.3 Approval date: September 2018
1.4 Revision due date: September 2019
1.5 Unit responsible: Education Services
The RACGP Practice Experience Program (PEP) has been developed to provide non-vocationally recognised doctors with a supported program grounded in individualised learning and workplace based assessment.
Participants of the Practice Experience Program may apply to transfer between Regional Training Organisations (RTO).
This policy aims to describe the provisions allowing participants in the Practice Experience Program to apply to transfer.
This policy applies to all participants in the Practice Experience Program.
For the purposes of this policy:
- Extenuating and unforeseen circumstances are considered on a case by case basis, but must relate to circumstances which were unforeseen, outside the participant’s control and which can be shown to have a direct and significant impact on the participant’s ability to complete the PEP requirements in their allocated training region, including:
- ill-health (other than minor illnesses) with valid certificates;
- carer’s leave with valid certificates;
- acute personal/emotional circumstances;
- illness of an immediate family member;
- Parental leave as permitted under the National Employment Standards;
- Australian Defence Force deployment leave; or
- Other circumstances involving significant changes to a participant’s personal circumstances.
- Moratorium means the ten-year period during which overseas-trained doctors are required to work in a District of Workforce Shortage (DWS) under Section 19AB of the Health Insurance Act 1973.
- Participant means a medical practitioner enrolled in the Practice Experience Program.
- RTO means Regional Training Organisation.
- Receiving RTO means the RTO to which the participant wishes to transfer.
5.1 Participants are expected to remain with their allocated RTO for the duration of their time in the PEP.
5.2 The RACGP recognises that participants may need to transfer RTO in the event of extenuating and unforeseen circumstances.
5.3 Participants are not automatically entitled to a transfer; applications for transfer must be submitted to the RACGP in writing.
5.4 All applications for transfer must be approved by both the current RTO and the receiving RTO.
5.5 Participants who have completed their moratorium under Section 19AB of the Health Insurance Act 1973 are not automatically entitled to a transfer.
5.6 Transfers will not generally be approved during the first six months of a participant’s program.
5.7 Participants are responsible for their own employment status whilst an application for transfer is under review.
6. Requirements for transfer applications
6.1 Transfer applications must not be retrospective.
6.2 All relevant supporting documentation and evidence must be included with the transfer application.
6.3 Applications must be received a minimum of 20 business days before the intended transfer.
All policies and guidance documents related to the Practice Experience Program are available at the policy page.
8.1 Access to published policy
This policy will be available via the RACGP website as detailed in clause 7.
8.2 Promulgation of published policy
Relevant staff members will be provided communications explaining the function and role of this policy.
8.3 Review of this policy
This policy will have a review cycle of one year.