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Practice Experience Program (PEP)

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Your pathway to Fellowship

The RACGP’s Practice Experience Program (PEP) enables non-vocationally registered (non-VR) doctors to unlock their potential for Australian general practice.

With access to an extensive library of online learning and GP mentors, non-VR doctors can draw from and expand on their ongoing experience, building valuable knowledge and skills for the journey towards RACGP Fellowship, while accessing full A1 Medicare rebates.

About the Practice Experience Program

The PEP is a self-directed education and support program for non-VR doctors working towards Fellowship in regional, rural and remote Australia. It is delivered across the country in partnership with training organisations and has been developed under the Non-Vocationally Registered Fellowship Support Program (FSP) as part of the Australian Government Department of Health’s Stronger Rural Health Strategy.

The program duration ranges – dependant on commencement time in the program – and allows participants to focus on their individual learning needs and the areas of Australian general practice most relevant to them, based on previous experience.

Unit activities are largely practice-based and participants can benefit from the support, guidance and educational advice of a specialist GP mentor.

Be one step ahead when the rules change in 2022

The Australian Government is changing the rules for non-VR doctors who want to work in Australia.

From January 2022, it will be compulsory for non-VR doctors who don’t have a specialist qualification to complete an approved program – such as the PEP – to be eligible to sit the RACGP Fellowship exams.

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Why should I apply for the PEP?

  • Access full A1 Medicare rebates while participating in the PEP.
  • Access an extensive range of online learning units and focus your studies on areas you’d like to develop.
  • Be mentored by a specialist GP and obtain regular feedback from a clinical assessor.
  • Enhance your professional con dence while you prepare to sit the RACGP Fellowship exams.
  • Provide the highest quality of care to your community.
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Why should I encourage my team to apply for the PEP?

  • Help your team take one step closer to Fellowship.
  • Realise your business potential with increased A1 Medicare rebates for non-VR doctors.
  • Ensure your team is eligible to sit exams when the rules for non-VR doctors change at the end of 2021.
  • Enhance quality of care for your local community with non-VR doctors having access to training resources.
  • Encourage professional development through PEP-appointed mentorship and assessment.

How do I apply?


To be eligible to apply for the PEP, you need to:

  • hold current Australian medical registration – please note that this registration can be general, provisional or limited (area of need) so long as practice location requirements are met; and
  • have a job or a job offer delivering comprehensive general practice services in Australia in an MMM2–7 area (check the eligible zones using the Health Workforce Locator).

If you satisfy both these criteria, you will be eligible to apply for the PEP.

Find out more about eligibility criteria.

Applications for the PEP open on Monday 5 October 2020 and close on Thursday 22 October 2020.

To be able to complete your online application, you will need:

  • your medical registration certificate
  • a comprehensive CV
  • a letter of support

Before completing your application, tick off every item listed in the PEP Standard Stream application checklist to minimise any unnecessary delays.

If you have a current provider number that you would like to roll over to the PEP, you will need your Approved Placement Outcome letter from Medicare.

You will also need to have your RACGP ID handy to access the application form.

If you don’t have an RACGP account, you will need to sign up to receive a unique user ID. The process will take approximately five minutes and then you can start your application.

For more information on the application process, visit the PEP Standard Stream website.

Once your application is lodged, it will be reviewed by the PEP team who will be able to confirm if you’re eligible to progress to the next stage of the application process.

PEP applicants will be made aware of the outcome of their application via email three weeks after applications close. If you are deemed eligible, we will send you an invitation to enrol into the PEP Entry Assessment (PEPEA).

The PEPEA tests situational and applied knowledge and is held several weeks after PEP applications close. It costs $725 to sit the PEPEA and it is delivered remotely.

You must pass the PEPEA to be eligible to enter the program.

More about the PEPEA

General program information


PEP Application dates

PEPEA dates

Program commencement*

29 June – 16 July 2020
3 August – 13 August 2020

Friday 18 September 2020

January 2021 – PEP 2021.1

5 October – 22 October 2020*

Wednesday 20 January 2021

April 2021 – PEP 2021.2

4 January – 21 January 2021* Wednesday 21 April 2021 July 2021 – PEP 2021.3

*Please note dates are subject to change.


Program fees and charges

Under the Department of Health’s Stronger Rural Health Strategy, the PEP is co-funded by the Commonwealth Government which reduces the cost of the program for eligible participants.

If you are not eligible for funding under the PEP program, you will be required to pay the full-fee.

Participant fees for 2020:

PEP (Standard Stream)


PEP Entry Assessment (PEPEA) $725.00
Co-funded Term Fee (6 months) $2,000.00
RACGP Membership fee (Registrar) $490.00

It’s worth noting that PEP fees do not cover the costs of the RACGP Fellowship Exams – this is a separate fee that needs to be paid by anyone who chooses the sit the exams. See the RACGP fees and exam dates for more specific information.

Frequently asked questions

Contact us

Should you have further questions, please contact the RACGP on 1800 472 247 or email us at at

If you would like to talk about local training options, please speak to a training organisation.

The information on this page relates to the Standard Stream of the PEP, suitable for non-VR doctors who do not hold a specialist qualification. International medical graduates who hold a recognised overseas specialist qualification should refer to the Specialist Stream for information relevant to their journey towards Fellowship.

Find out more about the PEP – Specialist Stream