1. Applications are now open
The AGPT Program selection process is jointly led by ACRRM and RACGP, and each College runs its own merit-based process to select applicants for the program. You can apply to the Colleges directly via their websites. The Department of Health is responsible for assessing your eligibility for the AGPT Program.
Eligibility requirements for the AGPT program include:
- Holding a medical degree from Australia or New Zealand;
- Registration as a medical practitioner or expectation that you will achieve full registration (without conditions) prior to commencement of training; and
- Australian citizenship or residency.
Note that overseas trained doctors who are Australian permanent residents or citizens of Australia or New Zealand and hold general registration may also be eligible to apply to the AGPT program.
You can apply as early as your intern year (also called postgraduate year one or PGY1), to begin training the following year. Applications are online and you’ll need to ensure all mandatory fields are completed.
Both the application and eligibility guides are available for download on the AGPT website.
2. Applications close: 10 AM AEST Monday 30 April 2018
Note this date, because late applications won’t be accepted. The Department of Health recommends that you submit your application and supporting documents well before the due date. If the department wants to clarify any part of your application, or if further information is required, they will email you. All correspondence from the department will be via email, so make sure your email address is valid, and check it – and your junk mail folder – regularly for updates.
3. Eligibility Finalisation: Thursday 31 May 2018
By the end of May, the Department of Health will let you know via email whether you’re eligible for training. You will need to pay the relevant College application fee to cover the next steps in the application process. If you are applying to both Colleges, you will need to pay for both.
4. Selection Assessment Phase: Friday 1 June 2018 onwards
Once your application has been assessed as eligible, you will need to do one of two things, depending on which College you are applying for.
For RACGP, you will need to register for the Candidate Assessment Applied Knowledge Test (CAAKT). The CAAKT is a 2.5 hour online test held on 29 and 30 June 2018 (these are the only two dates for 2018). Your score will determine your ranking and you must obtain a minimum score to proceed further to interview, offer and acceptance stages. You would need to select your CAAKT test centre and date at the time of paying the RACGP application fees. It is advisable to complete this process at the earliest in order to secure a test centre that is convenient to you.
For ACRRM, you will need to complete a written submission to the College, which is due by 15 June 2018.
RACGP offers you an opportunity to revise your four RTO preferences after the CAAKT scores are announced. More information on this process will be made available through a webinar they are conducting on Tuesday 17 April 2018.
If you have been shortlisted by the College, your preferred RTO will notify you of the time and place for your Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs). The ACRRM MMI interviews will occur from Friday 13 July to Sunday 22 July while RACGP MMIs will take place between Saturday 21 July and Friday 17 August. Here are a few tips on how to prepare for your MMI interviews. Note that you may have to travel to the interview location if you live in a different city or state. Hence it is advisable to plan on leave and travel accordingly.
The RTOs in conjunction with the Colleges will then send out written offers to you. You will have seven days to submit a written acceptance of offer. Late submissions will not be accepted. Please keep an eye on your emails including junk mail folders to avoid missing out.
Training commences: January-February 2019
Once you have received written confirmation that your application has been successful, you can start preparing for training. The AGPT Program begins in January or February each year; with commencement dates determined by individual RTOs. GPTQ will let you know when our training starts. GPTQ will also hold an orientation day on Saturday, 25 August 2018. Further information and guidance will be provided at this event.