PEP Specialist Stream

What is the PEP Specialist Stream?

The PEP Specialist Stream was created to provide educational support for Specialist International Medical Graduates with specialist qualifications, working towards FRACGP. It is a 6 month program that commences from the first day of work. 

By joining the PEP Program you will receive Australian Government co-funded program support, be able to bill for services under the highest value MBS item using a PEP provider number, have access to a suite of educational resources and work under supervision whilst progressing towards Fellowship. 

What is the Process?

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible for the PEP Specialist Stream you must:

  • Hold and RACGP recognised specialist qualification in general practice
  • Complete a comparability assessment

What is a recognised specialist qualification?

You can find the list of recognised specialist qualifications here: 

If your qualification isn’t on the list, this means that it hasn’t been assessed yet and you will need to apply to RACGP to assess the curriculum before you can apply for the comparability assessment. 

What is a comparability assessment?

Comparability is the extent to which your recency, continuity of practice, continuing professional development, assessment, training, qualifications and clinical experience are assessed as equivalent to an Australian trained specialist general practitioner at the point of attaining Fellowship. 

You must meet the following criteria:

  • Completed at least 12 months FTE general practice experience in the last 48 months, and at least 4 weeks of FTE general practice experience in the year prior to applying for the assessment.
  • Explained any gaps in practice longer than 3 months
  • Have completed at least 50 hours of CPD in the last 12 months and a clinical audit or case note analysis of at least 10 patients within the last 48 months.
  • Completed summative assessment with theoretical and practical aspects. 
  • Evidence of specialist general practice qualification and training route completed. 
  • Completed your training with an organisation with a curriculum similar to that of the RACGP. 

Once your comparability has been assessed (this can take up to 10 weeks), you will be categorised as either:

  • Substantially comparable: you will not need to sit the Fellowship Exams
  • Partially comparable: you will need to pass the Fellowship Exams to be granted Fellowship
  • Not comparable: you will need to apply for PEP via the Standard Stream. 

Program Entry Requirements

Once you have been assessed as substantially or partially comparable, your next step is to find a general practice position. In order to be eligible for the PEP Specialist Stream, this job must:

  • Be a general practice position
  • Located in a MMM 2-7 location (MMM1 if you are substantially comparable)

* please keep in mind that as an IMG, working in Australia for the first time, you will be restricted by 19AB and will have to find work in a DPA location.

You will also need to provide current Certificates of Good Standing for all jurisdictions of practice since you obtained your specialist general practice qualification. 

You can also then apply to the Medical Board of Australia for registration using your comparability outcome letter.

What will I do in the Program?

You will work as a General Practitioner under supervision and will undertake assessments to help you on your way to becoming a Fellowed doctor.

You will need to submit AHPRA supervisor reports every three months, and undertake a Workplace Based Assessment. The WBA can be commenced as soon as you start work but will need to be completed within 6 months. 


In addition to the above learning activities, doctors who were partially comparable will need to sit for the AKT, KFP and OSCE Fellowship exams within two years of working full time. Four years is the maximum amount of time a participant may remain on the program. 

Once you have passed these exams (for partially comparable doctors), or have completed the 6 months on the program (substantially comparable doctors) you are eligible to apply for Fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. 


Our team offer General Practitioners assistance with finding jobs and a career pathway, and Medical Facilities to find a new Medical Practitioner. We also help with the full application process with AHPRA, RACGP, ACRRM, Department of Health, Medicare including 19AA & 19AB. If we can help, please contact us at [email protected]

People Medical Consulting are a team of professionals with a passion for guiding those specialising in the Medical industry to find their career pathway and settle into Australia. Working with both Australian trained and Overseas trained professionals, we have extensive experience in Recruitment of General Practitioners and Document Assistance for those requiring support with RACGP, AHPRA, 19AA and 19AB Medicare Exemptions.

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