Policy Update Notice: Special Arrangements Policy

Tuesday 19 April 2022

This notice is to advise that the RACGP has updated its policy on requests for special arrangements that can be made with regards to the Clinical Exam.

The new Assessments and Examinations Special Arrangements Policy replaces the previous version and will come into effect immediately.

There are two changes to the document summarised in the table below.

Change Rationale Implication

We have removed a clause (previously 5.4.5) stating changes in exam time for the Clinical Exam were not permitted.

The RACGP acknowledges some candidates may have circumstances beyond their control that require special arrangements within exams. 

Certain special arrangements that were previously unable to be accommodated may now be able to be considered with adequate supporting documentation.

We have added clause 5.2.3 to highlight the RACGP recommends Candidates submit applications for Special Arrangements as soon as possible after enrolment in an examination or assessment. Processing applications for special arrangements takes significant time and RACGP resources. Submitting an application as soon as practicable after enrolment ensures Candidates receive their outcome in a timely manner and RACGP staff are able to make the appropriate arrangements if approved. Stakeholders are clear the RACGP prefers early applications for special arrangements.
We have added the requirement under clause 5.2.4 that requests for special arrangements for the Clinical Exam be submitted at least 30 business days prior to the scheduled assessment date. The RACGP requires sufficient time for review and management of special arrangements given the nature of the Clinical Exam. RACGP staff have more time to assess and accommodate requests for special arrangements in the Clinical Exam.


When will the policy come into effect?

This policy and guidance come into effect immediately.

Where can I view the documents?

The updated Assessments and Examinations Special Arrangements Policy.

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 policy, please contact educationpolicy@racgp.org.au.