How to apply for GP training

Choose the pathway that suits your career

Start your exciting career as GP with Northern Territory General Pracitice Education. We offer a training environment that is diverse, adventurous and challenging. These attributes combined create the perfect learning environment for highly skilled, competent and confidents doctors. Your GP training journey starts with applying to the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program and choosing NTGPE as your regional training organisation of choice.

How do I apply to the AGPT program?

Applications for the first AGPT 2019 intake are now closed. For 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.

Applicants should start by researching the two college/s; the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).  The best way to find out information about the colleges' applications process is to access their websites:

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.

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

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.

Both colleges do have different methods for assessing eligibilty however. To find out what the colleges' requirements are, head to their websites ( 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 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 before the closing date of August 27, 2018.

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

AGPT 457 Visa Eligibility Requirements


Useful links:

AGPT website

ACRRM website

RACGP website 

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