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.

Applications for AGPT 2020 program open 10:00am Monday 25 March, 2019 and close 10:00am Monday 29 April, 2019.

How do I apply to the AGPT program?

Applications for AGPT 2020 intake open 10:00am Monday 25 March, 2019 and close 10:00am Monday 29 April, 2019.

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 Practitioners (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 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 the 2020 intake 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 or TSS 482 visa and want to apply to the AGPT program, you are required to submit a letter of support from a regional training organisation (RTO) along with your AGPT application.

NTGPE supports applicants entering the 2020 AGPT selection with 457 or TSS 482 visas due to the willingness of our training posts to participate in sponsorship or employment of these visa holders. The majority of these training posts are in rural and remote areas and many in remote Aboriginal communities. NTGPE’s offer to support you to enter the selection process for 2020 therefore requires you to make a commitment to train in these areas.

Please provide the below information to NTGPE to enable us to ascertain your suitability to receive a letter of support to apply to AGPT program in the Northern Territory:

  • Current CV
  • Letter stating why you 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 you have received OR expect to have general medical registration

Due to the Easter and ANZAC public holidays, NTGPE requires all applications and supporting documentation to be submitted to by Tuesday, 17 April 8:00am NT time

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

Please note NTGPE does not manage or have involvement in your ongoing visa requirements or the process you must follow to achieve permanent residency.

AGPT temporary Visa holder Eligibility Requirements

Useful links:

AGPT website

ACRRM website

RACGP website 

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