Australian General Practice Training

IMPORTANT UPDATE: AGPT has released its guidelines for Rural Pathway Exemptions. You can find more information, including the application guidelines and form here.

This is a FAQ BLOG and you can refer to our Pathways to GP Fellowship in Australia blog here.


What is the AGPT Program?

The Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program is designed to train doctors into General Practitioners (GPs) in Australia, catering to both local and internationally trained doctors.

It provides full-time and on-the-job training from three to four years. With 1,500 training spots yearly, the program extends its reach to urban, regional, rural, and remote areas across the country. 

The selection process for the program is competitive and based on merit, and it is implemented through Australia’s GP colleges which are Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).

Once doctors complete the program, they may gain a fellowship from one of the colleges. This will allow doctors to apply for Specialist registration with the Medical Board of Australia and practice independently as GPs nationwide (within your 19AB restrictions if you’re an IMG). 

Who can access the program?

You can apply for the program if you are:

  • An Australian or New Zealand medical graduate, with Australian or New Zealand citizenship or Australian permanent residency
  • An Australian Defence Force doctor
  • An overseas-trained doctor who is also a Permanent Resident or Citizen.

You must also hold or expect to hold General Registration with the Medical Board of Australia before commencing on the AGPT Program.

If I am restricted by 19AB, can I still join the program?

Yes, because you may be eligible for the rural pathway. 

However, if you want to take the general pathway, you will need to apply for a rural pathway exemption. AGPT has recently released its guidelines for Rural Pathway Exemptions. You can find more information, including the application guidelines and form here.

What does AGPT training offer?

When you complete your GP training with the ACRRM or RACGP, you’ll achieve your GP fellowship. 

Training to be a GP with the AGPT Program offers you many benefits. You can:

  • get a Medicare provider number
  • claim the highest value Medicare Benefits Schedule items during training
  • choose where you want to train
  • do practical training in a work environment — you will work hands on with other professionals in hospitals and medical practices
  • access various training opportunities, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health training, advanced skills training and academic posts
  • have your training fees covered by the Australian Government — you pay your application and assessment fees
  • access financial incentives for working in a regional, rural or remote area
  • train for fellowships with both colleges at the same time — in the same region, on the rural pathway

Where can I train?

Where you train depends on your choice of pathway (rural or general). There are 2 pathways to becoming a GP in Australia through the AGPT Program. You can train:

  • mainly in a rural or regional area, through the rural pathway
  • mainly in or near a city, through the general pathway

Rural Pathway

The rural pathway allows you to train in MM2 to MM7 areas. All doctors are eligible for this pathway, and IMGs restricted by their 10-year moratorium may only apply for the rural pathway. 

You can take this pathway through either the:

  • Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)
  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)

General Pathway

The general pathway lets you train anywhere in Australia. You are eligible for the general pathway if you are not restricted by 19AB or hold an exemption.

This pathway is only available through the: 

  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)

Please note that if you choose the general pathway, you must finish at least 12 months of training or two 6-month periods in any of the following:

  • an outer metropolitan location or
  • a rural location or
  • a non-capital city location or
  • in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health training post.

How long does the training take?

The length of your training depends on the pathway you choose. Most training takes 3 to 4 years full time.

You can apply for part-time training or take leave during your training. This will increase the time it takes you to finish.

There are limits on how long you can take to complete your training. But you can apply for an extension in some cases.

For RACGP, this is a summary of their program duration:

What Can I Expect to Earn?

As trainees, general practice registrars must be employed according to the NTCER and can expect to be paid a base salary (starting at $74,215 in Term 1, increasing to $95,295 p.a. by Term 3). This base salary is topped up with the difference between the registrar’s base salary and a percentage of billings or receipts (no less than 44.79% + 9.5% Super).

*Please note that this was from 2017-2018

Aside from the base salary, you may also receive incentives if you work in a rural area. Click here to learn more about the Workforce Incentive Program.


Note: The information presented above has been gathered from the Department of Health and Aged Care, ACRRM, and RACGP websites and has been updated as of 2024-01-09.

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Here at People Medical Consulting, we have a passion for guiding medical practitioners through their career pathways to Australia. We have extensive experience in assisting medical facilities in recruiting doctors from local and overseas who will best suit their requirements.

We provide Document Assistance for those requiring support for their PESCI with IME, ACRRM or RACGP, registration and all other mandatory AHPRA requirements, fellowship program related forms and letters, application for Medicare provider and prescriber numbers, application for 19AB or 19AA exemptions and preparation of employment documents.

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