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Victorian GP Trainee Grant


Applications open August 2024

Victorian GP Trainee Grant


Applications open August 2024

The RACGP > Faculties > RACGP Victoria > Victorian GP Trainee Grant

About the GP Trainee Grant

The Victorian Government is supporting medical graduates to choose general practice as their specialty training through a special grant.

The Victorian Department of Health GP Trainee grants program aims to: 

  • increase the number of GP trainee enrolments in 2024 and 2025; 
  • provide a top-up payment for first year trainees of $30,000; and 
  • provide $10,000 to support the costs of exams to be undertaken during GP training. 

The grants comprise a maximum of $40,000 and will be delivered in three instalment payments over 24 months.

The RACGP is funded by the Victorian Government to deliver a total of 356 grants in 2024 and 355 grants in 2025.

The Victorian Government has set the eligibility requirements for the program. To be eligible to apply for a GP Trainee grant from the RACGP, at the time of your application, you must:

  1. Undertake an RACGP GP training program in Victoria 

  2. Be starting your training in 2024 or 2025 (not deferred from previous years)

    Or, have started your training in 2023, so long as you applied, enrolled and were accepted on or after 27 November 2022

In order to remain eligible for the grant you need to: 

  1. Remain enrolled in a GP training program after at least 12 months for the second payment and at least 24 months for the third payment
  2. Maintain a valid working visa
  3. Maintain current professional Ahpra registration

The number of available grants the RACGP can award is capped at 356 in 2024 and 355 in 2025. Demand for the grants may exceed the number available. In this instance RACGP may be required by the Victorian Government to prioritise the grants to Australian citizens and Australian medical graduates, doctors training in locations by rurality.

More details around eligibility can be found in the Department of Health’s GP Trainee Grants Program Guidelines.

The Grant comprises a maximum of $40,000 paid over three instalments:

  • A first instalment payment of $10,000 paid when you start training in an approved training placement;
  • A second instalment payment of $20,000 paid, subject to you remaining enrolled in a GP training program after 12 months; and
  • A third instalment payment of $10,000 paid, subject to you remaining enrolled in a GP training program after 24 months. This payment will assist you with expenses associated with sitting your exams.

2023 and 2024.1 Trainees

Date Activity
9.00am 5 February 2024 Applications open for the Victorian GP Trainee Grant
11.59pm 3 March 2024 Applications close
Week of 11 March 2024 Outcomes returned and request for additional details sent
by 21 March 2024 Successful applicants provide additional details to the RACGP
End of March First Payment made
March 2025 Second Payment made if still eligible
March 2026 Third payment made if still eligible

2024.2 Trainees

Date Activity
7 August 2024 Applications open for the Victorian GP Trainee Grant
1 September 2024 Applications close
Week of 9 September 2024 Outcomes returned
By 22 September 2024 Successful applicants provide additional details to the RACGP
End of September First Payment made
September 2025 Second Payment made if still eligible
September 2026 Third payment made if still eligible

2025 Trainees

You’ll also have the opportunity to apply for the GP trainee grant when you start your GP Training program in 2025. Further information on when and how to apply will be provided in late 2024.


Applications are now closed

Applications open August 2024



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Frequently asked questions

Only first-year trainees who start in Victoria as part of the 2024 and 2025 cohorts are eligible.

There are a small number of trainees who applied and enrolled after the election commitment was announced on or after 27 November 2022 and started their training in mid 2023 who will also be eligible to apply. GP trainees who applied to a GP training program prior to 27 November 2022 are not eligible.

You must have applied to be a part of an approved training pathway on or after 27 November 2022 to be eligible for this grant. If you applied before this date you are not eligible.

If you applied for training after 27 November 2022 and meet the eligibility requirements, you will be able to apply for the grant in early 2025.

This GP grants program is funded through the Victorian Government Department of Health and is administered on their behalf by the RACGP.

Eligible trainees will receive a maximum grant amount of $40,000 and will be delivered through three instalment payments: 
  • A first instalment payment of $10,000 paid at the start of your training placement;
  • A second instalment payment of $20,000 paid, subject to you remaining enrolled in a GP training program after 12 months; and 
  • A third instalment payment of $10,000 paid, subject to you remaining enrolled in a GP training program after 24 months. This payment will assist with expenses associated with examination costs.

You are still a successful grant recipient, and we will hold your subsequent grant payments for you until you have completed 12 months training for your second payment and 24 months of training for your third payment.

Congratulations on being successful. Please see the Important Dates information for when your first payment of $10,000 will be made. Your second payment of $20,000 will be made 12 months after and your final payment of $10,000 will be made 24 months after so long as you remain eligible. You’ll need to redeclare your eligibility prior to your subsequent payments.

No. You can only apply for one grant to receive a maximum grant amount of $40,000, even if you are enrolled into more than one GP training program.

If you are a New Zealand citizen or an Australian or New Zealand permanent or temporary resident, and if you are eligible to enrol in a GP training program, you will be able to apply for the grant.

No, the funding is provided to assist in exam costs for when you are ready to sit your exams.
No, however you will not receive any further grants for the costs of exams.
The GP grants program is intended for doctors undertaking training at a location within Victoria. The RACGP will assess the eligibility of trainees who need to undertake part of their training in a non-Victorian GP placement on a case-by-case basis.
Yes, trainees undertaking part-time GP training will receive the full grant amount if they meet the minimum time requirements.
If you are enrolled in a GP Training program and completing any requirements as part of your GP training program, you are eligible to apply.
No. Grants are only available to those trainees who have successfully accepted and started their GP training program in Victoria as part of the 2024 and 2025 cohort.

The $40,000 is before tax, however, Pay as you go (PAYG) tax will not be withheld from your payment. It is strongly recommended you seek independent tax advice for the payment of the Grant and any impact of the payment on your tax liability or any benefits paid under an Australian Government scheme. You may be liable to pay tax on their grant. For more information, please refer to the Australian Taxation Office website.


Victorian Department of Health Links

Victorian Department of Health GP Trainee Grants webpage 

Terms and conditions of the grant

Victorian Department of Health GP Trainee Grant guidelines


Victorian GP Trainee Grant support

GP Trainee Grant line:
(03) 8699 0043
vic.GPtraineeGrant@racgp.org.au

Victorian Faculty:
(03) 8699 0488
vic.faculty@ragp.org.au