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Find out if you’re eligible for GP training

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You may be eligible to become a GP registrar if you have an Australian medical degree.

Overseas doctors need to meet residency criteria coupled with extended local medical registration.

What drew me to general practice? It’s the holistic approach to patients; being in such a privileged position to get to know your patients very well and to care for them over a long period of time.

Dr Marie Louise Dick, GP

You may be eligible for GP training in Australia if you:

  • Are a citizen or permanent resident of Australia or New Zealand.
  • Have a medical degree from Australia or New Zealand (including those who are on a 457 visa), or are an Australian Medical Council graduate with certification.
  • Have general medical registration in Australia at the start of the year that you commence training.
  • AGPT Selection has been advised that GPTQ will not support 457 visa holders during the 2019 AGPT selection process.

Visit the AGPT site to download the AGPT eligibility guide. Find out about applying for GP training here.

Frequently asked questions

I am an international medical graduate and have passed my AMC but not yet registered in Australia. Am I eligible for the AGPT program?

You would be eligible only if you will have full general registration without restrictions in Australia by the commencement of the training year. If you do accept a place and the registration is not completed by the commencement of the training year, the offered place will lapse. You will also need to be an Australian permanent resident at the time of applying for the AGPT program.

You can find out more about eligibility for the AGPT program here.

Am I eligible to apply for the AGPT program?

Eligibility for the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program, is determined on three criteria:

  • Residency status
  • Medical qualifications and registration
  • Training program registration

If you hold a 457 visa there are further eligibility requirements.

Find out more about eligibility for GP training.

I am an intern this year. Can I apply for the AGPT program?

Yes, you can apply in your intern year to start GP training the following year.

Both the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) require a minimum of 12 months’ post-intern hospital training in an accredited hospital post to meet their criteria for training and assessment.

If you have only completed your intern year, your first placement within the AGPT program after enrolment will be a hospital placement doing prerequisite training. The only exception would be an applicant with a 457 temporary visa, where other conditions apply.

I am on another training program. Am I still eligible to apply for the AGPT program?

You can apply for GP training while on another training program. However, it is unlikely that you will be able to complete two different training programs concurrently.

You must complete the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program according to a defined schedule of training time. You are also expected to train on a full-time basis on the AGPT program. To complete GP training, you would need to take substantial leave or deferment from your other training course.

I am a 457 Visa holder. Am I eligible to apply for the AGPT program?

Yes. However, as a doctor on a 457 visa, you will need to support your application with an appropriate letter of support from your preferred regional training organisation (RTO). This letter is at the discretion of the RTO and can only be used to apply for a training place with that RTO. It does not guarantee you a place on the program. In addition, you will also need to have obtained your primary medical qualification in Australia or New Zealand and supply proof of a current permanent residency application or a statutory declaration.

Get more information about applying for the AGPT program with a 457 visa.