AGPT registrar training handbook

Training transfers

Transfer between training regions

      1. Transfer between training regions

Last revised: 16 Feb 2024

Transfer between training regions

We expect you to remain in your allocated training region for the duration of your training. However, we recognise in some situations you may require a transfer. You may apply for a transfer if:
  • you have an identified career and/or education and training need that can’t be met in your current training region, and this has been approved by your regional lead medical educator (ME)
  • you, or a significant family relation, have extenuating and unforeseen circumstances
  • we’re unable to match you to an appropriate training site.

If we identify you need to transfer

If we’re unable to match you to an appropriate training site during the placement process or you have a career and/or education and training need that can’t be met in your current training region, your training coordinator will manage an application for transfer on your behalf. Your regional lead ME will need to approve the transfer.

Transfers in extenuating and unforeseen circumstances

If you, or a significant family relation, are affected by extenuating and unforeseen circumstances, talk to your training coordinator about applying for a transfer. They’ll advise you of the process and the documents you’ll need to provide in your application.

A transfer may be approved on a temporary or permanent basis. Your current regional team and the team for the region you're transferring to must both approve the transfer.

An extenuating and unforeseen circumstance is something outside your control, can reasonably be considered to have been unforeseen, and can be shown to have a direct and significant impact on you. The RACGP considers extenuating and unforeseen circumstances on a case-by-case basis.

Transfers for ADF registrars

If you’re an ADF registrar and need to transfer regions due to ADF requirements, the transfer will be managed by the RACGP ADF team on your behalf – you won’t need to make an application.

So we can continue to support your training, you must advise your training coordinator of the need to transfer and provide your posting orders as supporting evidence. The transfer into your new region will commence from the date of posting recorded in your posting orders.

In most cases, you’ll be advised of the outcome of your transfer application within 20 business days of receipt of a complete application. Make sure you submit all the information requested so that the processing of your application isn’t delayed.


If you are an ADF registrar, check out our companion guide for information tailored to your circumstances: Australian Defence Force guide.