Program Snapshot

  • The AGPT program is 3-4 years depending upon Fellowship endpoint.
  • Training is conducted within accredited hospital and general practice based posts with skilled and accredited general practitioners as supervisors in general practice posts and general practice friendly specialists in hospital posts.
  • Registrars can also acquire experience in extended skills/advanced specialised training, and can pursue other areas of relevant interest such as procedural general practice and academic posts.
  • Training is supervised and supported by experienced medical educators.
  • The program includes self-directed learning, regular face-to-face educational activities and in-practiceeducation.
  • AGPT involves relevant college assessments throughout or at the end of training to achieve fellowship and eligibility for specialist (general practitioner) registration.
  • AGPT is funded by Government and registrars are paid while they train.

Read AGPT – The Guide 2020 for more information.

GP Colleges

There are two GP colleges. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine (ACRRM). 

Applicants select the College they wish to work towards Fellowship with and apply to that College for entry into the AGPT program. 

Both the RACGP and ACRRM set standards and training curriculum in accord with each College’s requirements. In addition, they manage the assessments and exams that lead to the awarding of fellowship of their respective College. It should be noted, however, that in order to obtain fellowship, a registrar is required to complete all assessments and complete all requirements of the training program. Information relating to the standards and curriculum can be found on each college website (RACGP and ACRRM)  

The RACGP and ACRRM have slightly different program structures.  for full details visit the GP College websites. 

Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP)

OverviewThe FRACGP curriculum is designed to prepare registrars to competently deliver unsupervised general practice services in any urban, regional, rural or remote general practice setting.
Eligibility General or rural pathway registrars
Duration3 years plus an optional 4th year
Prior Learning (RPL) Typical program structure*Maximum 12 months for hospital based training only.
Typical program structure*
Year 1 12 months hospital
Year 2 2 x 6 months supervised community based GP terms (known as GPT1 & GPT2)
Year 31 X 6 months term where trainees can pursue a sub-speciality interest within a community or hospital-based setting (known as Extended Skills). Depending on the type of term, this may be pursued at any stage of training. 1 x 6 months supervised community based GP terms (known as GPT3).
Year 4 Registrars can undertake an optional 4th year in advanced rural skills training towards the additional award – Fellowship of Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP), provided by the RACGP.
More information Visit the RACGP website
*Year 1 must be completed first, however the remaining order of training may vary. Please contact us for more information.

As of 1 January 2016 all GP Registrars following the RACGP pathway must be a financial RACGP member. This requirement applies from the time of joining the program and throughout candidature. If you have not joined, RACGP has granted an extension until 1 April 2016. If you do not enrol with the College by then your training time after this date cannot be counted. More information can be found here.

Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM)

OverviewThe FACRRM is specifically designed to prepare registrars to practise competently and confidently in rural and remote medicine. Registrars undertake the majority of their training in rural and remote settings
Eligibility General or rural pathway registrars can pursue FACRRM.
Duration4 years
Prior Learning (RPL) Typical program structure*Up to 24 months of RPL may be available
Typical program structure*
Year 1 Core Clinical Time (CCT) usually completed in hospital.
Year 2 & 3Primary rural and remote training in a variety of teaching environments including rural and remote accredited hospitals, Aboriginal medical services and community-based facilities.
Year 4 Advanced specialised training placement.
More information Visit the ACRRM website
*Year 1 must be completed first, however the remaining order of training may vary. Please contact us for more information.

Hospital Requirements

Certain hospital / core clinical training experience is considered mandatory preparation for the AGPT program and must be satisfactorily completed before commencing any GP placements. Each rotation should be 10-13 weeks duration (full-time equivalent) and undertaken in an accredited Australian and/or New Zealand hospital. (ED is an exception and requires only 8 week terms.)

1. General medicine
Preferably a general medicine rotation or, if unavailable, a rotation that offers broad medical experience.

2. General surgery
General surgery is preferred or, if unavailable, a surgical rotation that covers the principles of basic surgical care.

3. Emergency
A minimum 8 week term in an Emergency Department (ED).

4. Paediatrics
A paediatric rotation must be undertaken in an accredited hospital and include child and adolescent health experience, with a high proportion of paediatric emergency attendances. It is acknowledged that securing a paediatric rotation can be difficult and not always possible.

An alternative is to complete two ED rotations. ED rotations need to be undertaken in a department with a high percentage of paediatric presentations and the placement duration will depend on whether you are enrolled with RACGP and/or ACRRM. There may be other alternatives so it is recommended that you check whether your paediatric experience meets the requirements for training with EV and the relevant college.

5. Additional hospital rotations
In addition, registrars must obtain hospital disciplines in a variety of other areas to demonstrate a breadth of experience. It is recommended that disciplines offer skills relevant to general practice. For example: obstetrics and gynaecology (O&G), psychiatry, aged care or rehabilitation. Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) registrars must undertake anaesthetics and O&G experience during their training but this does not need to be done before starting a general practice rotation.