Why choose the Australian General Practice Training program?
Start your GP career in safe hands. As one of the few GP fellowship pathways with formal supervision, in-practice teaching and individualised support, the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program is the first-class training program for doctors seeking to specialise as GPs.
Applied for the 2023 AGPT program?
Safe, supervised and supported
Dedicated in-practice teaching
Formal education program
Dedicated medical educator mentor
Personalised assessment and feedback
Ability to pursue sub-speciality interests
High fellowship success rates
The Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program is the largest vocational training program for doctors seeking to specialise as a General Practitioner. Doctors train towards fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and/or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).
Supervised training takes place in a combination of hospital and community settings and is three to four years in duration, depending on your fellowship pathway.
|Duration of training||3 - 4 years, depending on fellowship choice|
|Structure of training||Supervised terms in a combination of hospital GP settings|
|Fellowship options||Fellowship of RACGP + Fellowship of Advanced Rural GP (optional) and/or Fellowship of ACRRM|
|On-site supervision||Dedicated in-practice supervisor on-site|
|In-practice teaching||Dedicated set-aside teaching time each week|
|Education program||Paid formal face to face education program|
|Fellowship exam support||Fully subsidised exam preparation workshops with individualised feedback|
|Feedback||Variety of sources and assessments with personalised feedback|
|Support||Dedicated medical educator mentor|
|Orientation||Face to face orientation to GP workshop|
|Financial subsidies||Generous rural relation and education subsidies|
|Training program fee||Government funded. No annual training fees.|
Kick start your GP career
First intake applications open around March each year. If all places are not filled, there may be a final intake later in the year.
Doctors can apply as early as intern year.
Find out more about how to apply to RACGP
Find out more about how to apply for ACRRM
Doctors can train under both RACGP and ACRRM as a dual fellow.
However you will need to consider that this will involve meeting the training requirements of both colleges and sitting and passing both college’s assessments throughout your training.
To become a dual fellow will need to apply to both colleges separately and will only be able to undertake dual fellowship if you receive the same offer (pathway, region and subregion) for both college.
There are several types of leave you can take during the AGPT training program. These are outlined in AGPT Program Leave Policy.
You generally cannot start the AGPT on leave or defer commencement onto the AGPT program unless extraordinary circumstances apply (i.e. maternity leave, sick leave, Australian Defence Force requirements, etc).
Part-time training options are available on the AGPT program. Part-time requirements may vary between the RACGP and ACRRM fellowship pathways.
See the GP Synergy Fulltime and Part-Time FAQs for more information.
Both colleges recognise doctors applying to GP training may have relevant hospital training experience prior to joining GP training and will consider accrediting some of this training retrospectively through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
Find out more about RACGP RPL opportunities
Find out more about ACRRM RPL opportunities
Both colleges offer rural generalist training opportunities.
The AGPT program offers registrars the opportunity to explore an extensive rage of special interests during their training.
Doctors who did not obtain their medical degree in Australia or New Zealand, or who were not a permanent resident or citizen at the time they enrolled in medical school in Australia, are affected by the 19AB Section of the Health Act.
Doctors affected by this legislation are restricted to training and working as a GP in certain areas up to ten years from the date of their first medical registration in Australia.
Across the NSW and ACT there are a diverse range of GP training experiences available.
In the AGPT program, registrars can nominate their training region and pathway preferences. In NSW our training regions are further divided into subregions, where registrars will complete their GP term training overseen by a local medical education and administration team.
Transfers are uncommon as they require evidence of extraordinary and unforeseen circumstances. If you know of a reason that will prevent you from completing your training location obligations for the subregion that you have been allocated on offer, you should not accept the offer.
For more information, see the AGPT Transfer Policy.
GP Synergy will consider providing letters of support for some applicants to apply to AGPT.