Training Location Obligations (TLOs)
Registrars on the Australian Government funded AGPT program are required to meet certain training location obligations during their training.
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About training location obligations
To ensure communities across NSW and ACT benefit from the Commonwealth funded Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program, GP registrars are required to train in areas of medical service need. This requires GP Synergy registrars to meet certain AGPT and GP Synergy Training Location Obligations (TLOs) during their training.
There are two types of training location obligations - The Department of Health training location obligations and GP Synergy training location obligations.
Most GP Synergy registrars will meet their AGPT obligations via their GP Synergy obligations.
Registrars will also be required to meet their college training requirements which may affect their location of training.
The Department of Health requires all registrars on the AGPT program to undertake 12 calendar months of their GP term or Extended Skills training as follows:
- Twelve months training in a rural location classified Modified Monash (MM) 2-7; or
- Twelve months training in an Outer Metropolitan location; or
- Twelve months training in a non-capital city classified as MM 1; or
- Twelve months training in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health training post in an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service or other approved Aboriginal Medical Service; or
- Two six-month terms in any combination of the above locations.
Most GP Synergy registrars will automatically meet the AGPT TLOs through their GP Synergy TLO requirements.
If registrars cannot meet their AGPT TLOs in their allocated subregion, they may need to undertake them outside of their existing subregion.
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At the time of offer, registrars are allocated to a subregion based on their stage 2 interview score and subregion preference. Each GP Synergy subregion has different training location obligations and registrars are required to meet the training location obligations as specified for their subregion and pathway.
A list of accredited practices by suburb/town, MMM and outer metropolitan classification are also available on each subregion page of our website.
If you know of a reason before accepting an offer with GP Synergy that you are unable to meet the training location obligations of the subregion you have been allocated to, you should decline the offer. Exemptions and requests for transfer require you demonstrate extraordinary and unforeseen circumstances.
See the GP Synergy Training Location Obligation Policy for more information.
Whilst most registrars will undertake the TLOs for their subregion of offer, some registrars may be eligible to apply for a TLO exemption.
Registrars training in the Western NSW, New England/Northwest or the Murrumbidgee subregion may be eligible to apply for an exemption to stay in the same MMM3-7 town, if they can demonstrate through the required evidence one of the following:
- they have lived in the town for more than 12 months immediately prior to the commencement of the Australian General Practice Training program with GP Synergy, or
- they have purchased their own home in the town either prior to or during training and can provide evidence that they have been living in the residence for the last 18 months, or
- they have lived in the MMM3-7 town for a period of five years consecutively or ten years non-consecutively.
Registrars in any subregion may also be eligible to apply for a TLO exemption if they can demonstrate that the proposed placement meets a significant community need which may include but is not limited to, providing a health service that is otherwise unavailable in the region/town, and the registrar can demonstrate this need with significant evidence from the community.
Registrars will still need to ensure they meet their college training requirements.