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Registrars training with the ADF

Last revised: 27 Mar 2024

Registrars training with the ADF 

Registrars who are training with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) must meet the same general practice training standards as civilian registrars. Therefore, the RACGP requires all ADF registrars to undertake at least 12 months in an accredited comprehensive Australian general practice. The registrar will normally do this in GPT1 and 2.

If you take on an ADF registrar, there are some minor differences we want to make you aware of. You can also reach out to your training coordinator for more information on hosting an ADF registrar. You may also find the ADF guide useful for yourself and your Registrars.

Employing an ADF registrar

ADF registrars are paid directly by the ADF. How this is managed with Medicare rebates and your payment process varies between the Army, RAAF and Navy and can vary year to year. The ADF registrar should provide written advice to you regarding the arrangements.

Officer training during term

We advocate for minimal disruptions to an ADF registrar’s time in general practice. However, there may be occasions when the registrar must attend training related to their ADF duties. Therefore, we allow registrars to undertake up to four weeks of accredited military training courses within their 12 months in civilian general practice. Ideally, this will be one training course.

The ADF training coordinator for your region will work with you and the registrar should this occur.