Training Location Obligations
Training Location Obligations (TLOs)
To ensure communities across NSW and ACT benefit from the Commonwealth funded Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program, GP Synergy registrars are required to train in areas of medical service need as outlined in GP Synergy and AGPT policy.
What are Training Location Obligations (TLOs)?
Registrars enrolled in the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program are required to undertake training in areas considered to be areas of medical service need. This requires all GP Synergy registrars to meet GP Synergy and AGPT Training Location Obligations (TLOs) during their training.
GP Synergy TLOs:
- Registrars are allocated to a subregion on offer based on their stage 2 interview score and subregion preference. Each GP Synergy subregion has different TLOs. All registrars must meet the TLOs as specified for their subregion and pathway.
- Details of the TLOs for each subregion are available in the GP Synergy Applicant Pack and the GP Synergy Training Location Obligations Policy.
- IMPORTANT: You should only accept a training offer if you can meet the TLO requirements for the subregion in which you have been offered a training place. Your acceptance of the offer is also your acceptance that you can meet the TLO requirements (AGPT and GP Synergy) for your subregion.
- 2020 AGPT registrars are required to comply with the AGPT Training Location Obligations Policy.
- The Department of Health has recently clarified its expectation around general pathway GP Synergy registrars meeting their Training Location Obligations (TLOs). need to make careful consideration as to how they meet the Department of Health AGPT training location obligations and their GP Synergy TLOs.
- This clarification affects general pathway registrars in the following subregions:
- Central, Eastern and South Western Sydney
- Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney
- Murrumbidgee and ACT
Rural pathway registrars and general pathway registrars in other subregions, are not affected by this clarification as they will automatically meet the AGPT TLO requirements through their GP Synergy TLOs.
What are the AGPT TLOs?
Registrars are required to undertake 12 calendar months of their GP term or Extended Skills training (regardless of whether they are training on a full-time or part-time basis) 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.
Can registrars meet the AGPT TLOs within their subregion?
Most registrars will be able to meet their requirements within their allocated subregion. If registrars cannot meet their AGPT TLOs in their allocated subregion, they may need to undertake them outside of their existing subregion. A map and list of practices by outer metropolitan and MM status are available on our website for each subregion.
In addition, many registrars may like to undertake a rural training placement outside of their subregion (excluding composite pathway registrars who are required to undertake part of their training outside of their subregion). GP Synergy strongly encourages registrars to consider undertaking a rural training placement and provides numerous rural support and subsidies to assist them during rural training.
Registrars can nominate if they would like to undertake a rural rotation and their location preference during bi-annual re-enrolment. Rural placements are subject to availability.
Can registrars transfer between regions/subregions/pathways?
Requests for transfers are not frequently granted. They require demonstration and evidence of extraordinary and unforeseen circumstances and may require approval from the Department of Health.
The following are examples of circumstances that are not deemed to be extraordinary or unforeseen (amongst others):
- the arrival of children
- partner’s employment
- psychological stress associated with meeting your training location obligations for your subregion.