ARST information – pre 2022

Additional Rural Skills Training requirements

The Rural Generalist Fellowship (FRACGP-RG) has replaced the Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP). This page includes information for FARGP candidates who commenced training prior to 2022 and who have not transitioned to the RG Fellowship. We are no longer accepting applications for the FARGP.

The FARGP is a qualification awarded by the RACGP in addition to the vocational Fellowship (FRACGP). Completion of a minimum 12 months of Additional Rural Skills Training (ARST) in an accredited training post is an essential component of your training.

This additional training is designed to strengthen your core general practice training by providing an opportunity for rural GPs to develop additional skills and expertise in a particular area and enhance their capability to provide secondary-level care to their community.


Each curriculum sets out the competencies that GPs in Training are required to develop to complete their ARST. It also provides a framework for the teaching and learning of the critical knowledge, skills and attitudes that rural GPs require to effectively deliver appropriate inpatient and outpatient in rural and remote communities, where specialist support is often limited. 

FARGP feedback

The RACGP Rural team collaborates with general practitioners to ensure education programs are designed and delivered by GPs and reflect the challenges of working in rural Australia.

Feedback from GPs enrolled in the program, or from GPs interested in taking part, is always welcome. Feedback can be sent to the RACGP Rural Manager via

Members or stakeholders wishing to raise opportunities or issues with the Rural Education Committee can address their feedback to Rural Education Committee Chair and send it to


For further details please contact the Rural team on:
1800 636 764