How to apply for GP training
We aim to make the application process as simple as possible.
Interested in joining our GP training program? Your initial application is made to the college where you intend to complete your fellowship. You need to follow their selection process and may be shortlisted for training with your preferred registered training organisation (RTO).
I remember being so inspired by the presenters at my GPTQ orientation. They showed so much commitment and passion for general practice. I walked away knowing I had made the right career move without having even seen a patient yet.Krystyna de Lange, GPTQ Registrar and Registrar Liaison Officer
The application process is managed from the outset by the GP colleges, RACGP and ACRRM. Applicants need to decide which fellowship to pursue and apply directly to the relevant college. Selection into the program, for either the RACGP or ACRRM fellowships, is merit-based and competitive. The application and selection process seeks to identify doctors best suited for careers in general practice.
Step 1: Complete an online application
Online applications for the 2019 intake open on 26 March 2018 and close on 30 April 2018. Here’s how the application process works.
The applications are different for each college. They both ask for:
- Details of two referees who can comment on your skills, experience and suitability for general practice. This might be a GP or medical superintendent, for example. ACRRM asks your referees to complete an online response and allocates points based on the answers.
- Supporting documents, including evidence of your eligibility such as certified copies of your residency status and medical registration.
- Your preferences for training pathways and training providers. You can make up to four selections. Picking GPTQ, for example, on both the General Pathway and the Rural Pathway equates to two selections.
Visit the college websites for more details and links to their online applications:
- RACGP application and selection process for AGPT training
- ACRRM application and selection process for AGPT training
Step 2: AGPT eligibility check
The Department of Health will conduct an eligibility check and notify you and the colleges of the outcome by 31 May 2018.
Step 3: Pay your fees for the selection process
As with most specialties, there is an application fee for the selection process. This is payable once you know you’re eligible.
The 2019 fees are $700 for ACRRM and $725 for RACGP.
Step 4: Follow the GP College selection process
At this point, you will follow the selection process for the college/s you have nominated. This is outlined on their websites:
Both colleges have flowcharts describing the process, FAQs and hotlines for specific questions. GPTQ is holding information sessions in March – April, where you can find out more about the process.
Applicants are likely to be assessed on their communication and interpersonal skills, clinical reasoning, analytical and problem-solving skills, organisational and management skills, motivation, and personal and professional attributes.
GPTQ participates in the selection process for relevant candidates, choosing registrars from a shortlist provided by the colleges. We will take into account a range of factors when selecting GP registrars which may include your assessment results and application details, as well as suitability and willingness to work in rural communities.
Tips for applicants
Check out our blog post to get our insights into the application and selection process: Ten things you should know if you’re applying for GP training.
GPTQ enquiries can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07 3552 8100. RACGP enquiries can be emailed to email@example.com or call 1800 472 247. Applicants can register their interest to train with ACRRM on the ACRRM website, or call 1800 223 226 or email AGPT@acrrm.org.au. The AGPT / Department of Health may also be contacted on 1800 DR AGPT (1800 37 2478) during work hours on weekdays or by email at AGPTeligibility@health.gov.au.
Five facts you should know about applying for GP training
- You can apply for GP training as early as your intern year, which means you can start training as soon as you achieve general registration.
- You can complete some mandatory hospital requirements as prerequisite GP training in your first year of training. You may spend your PGY2 (or later years) in a hospital to gain the required experience. You will receive recognition of prior learning towards your GP training.
- Once you have been offered a training place with a college, you must complete your training towards your GP fellowship with that college. You cannot change to the training program of the other general practice college during your training.
- RACGP has an online test (CAAKT) that must be undertaken. If you are unavailable to attend one of the nominated testing locations on that day, you will be asked to reapply for the next intake.
- There is a different process for GP training applicants who are on temporary 457 resident visas.