A second intake for the 2019 Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program has been announced. Those who missed out on the first intake or applied and didn't recieve a training offer, can apply in the second intake which starts on 10:00am AEST Monday, August 20, 2018 and ends 10:00am AEST Monday, September 3, 2018.
- How do I apply to the AGPT program?
Applicants apply for a training place in 2019 through their preferred college; The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and/or the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).
Applicants should start by researching the two college/s. The best way to find out information about the colleges' applications process is to access their websites:
- I applied in the first intake and wasn't accepted, can I apply in the second intake?
If you applied with RACGP in the first intake and were not successful in getting a training place or you declined a training offer, you are still eligible to participate in the second intake. You do not need to resit the CAAKT assessment.
If you applied with ACRRM in the first intake and declined a training offer, you need to contact ACRRM to discuss your options. If you applied with ACRRM in the first intake and were unsuccessful in getting a training offer, you are not eligible to apply for second intake.
What are my fellowship options?
There are two colleges that offer GP training in Australia: the Royal Australian College of General Practice (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).
RACGP offers two fellowship options:
1. Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP)
- Three years full time.
- Available to GP registrars on both general and rural pathway.
2. Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP)
- Four years full time.
- Available qualification to all GP registrars who have completed FRACGP
- Involves advanced rural training.
ACRRM offers one fellowship option:
Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM)
- Four years full time.
- Designed for those who want to work rurally or remotely.
- What is Rural Generalist Training?
During the 2019 intake of the AGPT Program, RACGP applicants will be given the opportunity to express interest in undertaking Rural Generalist Training.
Rural Generalist applicants must train towards Fellowship of the RACGP (FRACGP) combined with Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP).
All of the ACRRM training places are considered suitable to train under the AGPT Rural Generalist Policy 2019.
Applicants considering Rural Generalist Training are encouraged to read the AGPT Rural Generalist Policy 2019 and the accompanying FAQs which are available on the AGPT website
How is the Department of Health involved?
The Department of Health funds your passage through to fellowship under the banner of the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program. AGPT needs to know about your intention to train in the program, this is done via the application process to RACGP or ACRRM.
- How do I know if I am eligible to apply to GP training?
Eligibility depends of three factors: citizenship, primary medical qualifications and medical registrations. Find the eligibility guide on the home page of the AGPT website agpt.com.au.
What does it cost to make an application?
Once the Department of Health deems you eligible to apply, you’ll be charged an application fee. Fees for entry in 2019 are $725 for RACGP and $700 for ACRRM. Paying the application fees will not guarantee you a place in the program.
Do the two colleges use the same application process?
Both colleges do require applicants to attend an interview at the regional training organisation in the location they choose to train. For example if you choose NTGPE your college interview will be held in Darwin.
- I am on a 457 visa, can I apply?
If you are on a 457 visa and want to apply to the AGPT program, it's important to note that all AGPT visa applicants are required to provide the following information to be considered as a 457 visa applications with NTGPE.
NTGPE will offer 457 visa support for applicants who are able to supply the following:
- Current CV
- Letter stating why they want to work as a GP and in the Northern Territory
- Provide a copy of primary medical qualification within Australia or New Zealand
- Supply a current/active permanent residency application OR a completed Statutory Declaration
- Supply documentation which confirms when they have received OR expect to have general medical registration
Timeline for 457 visa applications:
Open 10:00am Monday August 20, 2018
Close 4:30pm Thursday August 27, 2018
Email your documents to firstname.lastname@example.org before the closing date of August 27, 2018.
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