RACGP Australian General Practice Training Program Selection

1. RACGP Australian General Practice Training Program Selection Policy

1.1 Policy number: CO-E-0032.0

1.2 Category: Education

1.3 Approval date: January 2020

1.4 Revision due date: January 2023

1.5 Unit responsible: Education Services

2. Policy declaration

The RACGP is responsible for the selection of medical practitioners seeking to enter the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program on the RACGP Vocational Training Pathway.

3. Background

3.1 Objective

The objective of this policy is to:

  1. State the RACGP’s principles with regards to the selection process; and
  2. Inform prospective applicants for the AGPT Program of the requirements for selection into the Program.

3.2 Scope

This policy applies to all medical practitioners applying for entry onto the AGPT Program as part of the Vocational Training Pathway.

4. Definitions

  1. Applicant means a medical practitioner who is applying for entry into the Australian General Practice Training Program (AGPT) Program
  2. Candidate means 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. CAAKT means Candidate Assessment and Applied Knowledge Test
  4. RACGP Vocational Training Pathway is a three-year vocational training program for medical practitioners wishing to pursue a career as a specialist general practitioner, for which the Australian General Practice Training Program (AGPT) is an entry point.

5. General principles

5.1 The RACGP AGPT selection process serves to identify candidate capability for entry into the AGPT Program.

5.2 The RACGP is committed to:

  1. Transparency, rigorousness and fairness;
  2. Ensuring a robust, valid and consistent selection process;
  3. The application of selection tools which lessen reliance on cognitive variables, with increased emphasis upon professionalism, communication, population health and management; elements that feature significantly in RACGP curriculum, standards and the competency profile
  4. Merit-based assessment;
  5. The consistent application of the selection principles; and
  6. The elimination of discrimination and bias.

6. Selection process

6.1 Determination of program eligibility for the AGPT Program is undertaken by the RACGP. For more information regarding eligibility, please refer to the RACGP website. Please also refer to A Guide to RACGP Selection for Entry into the AGPT Program.

6.2 Program eligible candidates will be required to enrol in and undertake the RACGP Candidate Assessment and Applied Knowledge Test (CAAKT).

6.3 Candidates who successfully achieve the required standard in the CAAKT may be invited to progress to interview with one of their preferred Regional Training Organisations (RTO). Participants may only attempt the CAAKT once per calendar year.

6.4 CAAKT outcomes are only valid for entry into the AGPT Program year for which the candidate is currently applying.

6.5 Successful CAAKT candidates may then progress to RTO interview, which determine the candidates who will be offered training placements.

6.6 An offer of a training placement is made to the successful candidate. If the offer is accepted, the candidate must complete the RACGP’s membership requirements as detailed in the Registrar Membership Policy.

6.7 Candidates who attend an interview for a particular training region and pathway in the first intake of the year and do not receive or accept an offer will not be reallocated to the same training region and pathway for interview in any subsequent intakes for the year of entry.

6.8 Upon completion of the RACGP and RTO requirements for entry, the candidate is accepted into the AGPT Program.


7. Withdrawal from the CAAKT

If a candidate wishes to withdraw from the CAAKT, they must contact the RACGP at least 48 hours before the CAAKT date. Failure to notify the RACGP within the prescribed time, or non-attendance at the CAAKT, may result in the forfeiture of the selection fee.

8. Application outcome

If a candidate believes that an outcome relating to the CAAKT or RTO placement offer was reached incorrectly, the candidate may apply for reconsideration in line with the RACGP Reconsiderations and Appeals Policy.  An application for reconsideration must be received by the RACGP within ten national office business days of the candidate being notified of the outcome.

9. Related documents

Department of Health policies related to the AGPT Program are available here.

Relevant RACGP policies are available here.

10. Administrative procedures

10.1 Access to published policy

This policy will be available via the RACGP website.

10.2 Promulgation of published policy

Relevant staff members, internal and external stakeholders will be provided with communications explaining the function and role of this policy.

10.3 Review of this policy

This policy will have a review cycle of three years.

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