PEP – Specialist Stream

PEP – Specialist Stream

This pathway is the only available pathway for General Practitioners being assessed by RACGP to enter the Specialist Pathway and become a FRACGP Doctor in Australia. 

A comparability assessment will be completed, awarding you either substantially or partially comparable.  You can also be awarded not comparable, at which case you’ll need to apply through Competent Authority or Standard Pathway. 

Substantially comparable applications will complete a Work Based Assessment (WBA) in the first 6 months, achieving FRACGP in a maximum time of 12 months full time. 

Partially comparable applications will complete a WBA in the first 6 months, achieving FRACGP in a maximum time of 24 months full time. Doctors will be required to complete the RACGP Fellowship exams before being awarded FRACGP. 

Doctors will work under Limited or Provisional AHPRA Registration (depending on whether you also qualify for the Competent Authority Pathway) and will require a supervisor until Fellowship is granted. 


You’ll need to have:

  • 12 months of full-time equivalent (FTE) general practice in the last 48 months and at least four weeks of FTE general practice in the 12 months prior to applying for comparability,
  • 50 hours CPD in the last 12 months and completion of a clinical audit in the last 36 months

At this stage, the following qualifications have been approved as acceptable for comparability assessment. If your qualification isn’t on there, you’ll first need to have your curriculum assessed. 

Eligible qualifications Qualifications assessed as Not Comparable
  • Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners, UK
  • Membership of the Irish College of General Practitioners
  • Fellowship of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners
  • Certification in the College of Family Physicians of Canada
  • Certificate of Specific Training for General Practice Sweden
  • Certificate of Specific Training for General Practice Netherlands
  • Specialist in Family and Community Medicine, Spain
  • Specialist in Family Medicine, Malta
  • Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners – International (MRCGP-INT)
  • Fellowship of the College of Family Physicians of South Africa – FCFP(SA)
  • Masters of Family Medicine, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Masters of Family Medicine, Kenya
  • MD Family Medicine, Sri Lanka
  • Masters in Family Medicine Singapore


Practices must meet the RACGP definition of comprehensive general practice and be located in a MMM 2 – 7 (rural). 

Other Considerations: You should also be aware that Medicare guidelines will require you to work in a DPA location, and your visa may require your employer to gain a Health Workforce Certificate. 


What Body? What For? Fee?
EPIC EPIC Portfolio Establishment $125US


EPIC Add a Credential to EPIC Portfolio $90US/credential
EPIC Send a Report Verifying the Authenticity of a Credential First Report: $15US/credential

Subsequent Report: $35US/credential

AMC Establish an AMC portfolio (including 1 x qualification) $500AUD
AMC Additional Qualifications $40AUD/qualification 
RACGP RACGP Comparability application $575AUD
RACGP Specialist Program Fee (including WBA) $2000AUD
RACGP RACGP Membership  $615AUD
RACGP Fellowship Exams (AKT, KFP & OSCE) 

NOTE: only required if partially comparable

AHPRA AHPRA Application  Limited: $787AUD

Provisional: $393AUD

AHPRA AHPRA Registration Limited: $787AUD

Provisional: $393AUD

Specialist: $787AUD

Total Total to Budget For Partially/Limited: $14000AUD

Substantially/Provisional: $5000AUD 

Other Considerations
  • Applications Support Assistance
  • Visa Costs
  • Migration agent/lawyer costs
  • Relocation costs

How can we help?

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


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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