AGPT 2019 third intake

How do I apply to the AGPT program?

Applications for the 2020 Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program open 10:00am Monday 25 March, 2019 and close 10:00am Monday 29 April, 2019.

How do I apply to the AGPT program?

Applicants apply for a training place in 2020 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 colleges. The best way to find out information about the colleges' application process is to access their websites:

How can I choose to train in the Northern Territory?

There are nine regional training organisations (RTOs) throughout Australia. NTGPE is the RTO in the NT. When you are applying you’ll be asked to prioritise where you would like to train.

Choose NTGPE as your first choice to be a part of diverse training environment that will lead to broader skills and ultimately make you a better doctor. Consistently above national average exam results prove this.

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 are completing 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 applicants will be given the opportunity to express interest in undertaking Rural Generalist Training.

RACGP applicants selecting Rural Generalist training 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

2019 AGPt Eligibility guide

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 202 are yet to be confirmed however as a guide fees for entry in 2019 were $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 have different methods for assessing eligibility. To find out what the colleges' requirements are, head to their websites ( and

Both colleges 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.

Both colleges have an application fee. The website of your chosen college will give you the information you need about the application process ( and

ACRRM Applicant Guide
RACGP Applicant Guide

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 applicant 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: now closed.

Email your documents to

If you have questions about the process or the documents required, email

AGPT 457 Visa Eligibility Requirements

Useful links:

NTGPE applicant booklet

AGPT website

ACRRM website

RACGP website 

More questions? Let us help you by contacting or 08 8946 7079.

Dr Sarah Lord


The wealth of variety that comes through the door consistenly is amazing. Throughout my clinical training whether its been hospital based or GP based, the breadth of experience I get in the NT is not what they are seeing down south.