Policy Update Notice: General Practice Experience Pathway Entry and Exam Eligibility policies

22 August 2022

Notice of RACGP policy update

This notice is to advise that the RACGP has updated the General Practice Experience Pathway Entry Policy and General Practice Experience Pathway Exam Eligibility Policy.

The updated version replaces the previous versions and will come into effect immediately.

What has changed?

Change Rationale Implications
General Experience Pathway Entry Policy
We have amended the entry requirements to the GPE Pathway under this policy to stipulate applicants must provide evidence of general practice recognition from Services Australia in addition to a valid GPE assessment outcome of at least one month.

With the requirement to undertake an RACGP- approved program to sit Fellowship exams, we no longer offer entry to the GPE pathway based on a general practice experience assessment alone.

However, GPs with general practice recognition are a small cohort of doctors who do not require completion of and RACGP-approved program to be eligible to enrol in the Fellowship exams. Therefore, we will allow them to enter the GPE pathway provided they submit evidence of their general practice recognition.

Doctors wanting to enter the GPE pathway either need to enter the Fellowship Support Program under the Training Programs Entry Policy or have a valid GPE outcome and general practice recognition.

Practice Experience Program Standard Stream participants remain unaffected.
General Practice Experience Pathway – Exam Eligibility Policy

We have amended clause 3.1.iii to clarify Practice-Experience Program Standard Stream participants must successfully complete the program prior to sitting and exam rather than enrolling.

Previously, this clause contradicted clause 3.3 of the policy which is what the operational teams apply.

There are no implications for participants.

There is no longer a contradiction in the policy and it is consistent with the application of the policy.

We have made minor nomenclature updates throughout the policy


When do the changes take place?

The changes to policy take place immediately.

Where can I view the documents?

The revised policies can be accessed by the following links:

All policies can be accessed via the Fellowship Pathways Policy Framework.


What if I have questions?

If you have any enquiries relating to the updated policies, please contact educationpolicy@racgp.org.au.