AGPT program overview

The Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program is an Australian Government funded initiative that provides training for registrars towards fellowship and gaining specialist (general practitioner) registration.

The AGPT program is three or four years of full-time training offered in urban, regional and rural locations nationally, delivered through one of 9 Regional Training Organisations (RTO) across Australia.

These RTOs deliver training towards:

  • Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP)
  • Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM)

both of which are recognised by Medicare Australia.

AGPT distributes information on the application process for the following years intake in January each year, with a brochure and online information. Keep an eye on the AGPT website for these, which will include the key dates for the process.

Typically:

  • From mid April until mid May: Online application period
  • Mid June - end June: Interview selection
  • Mid-end July : Shortlisting
  • Early August : Shortlisted RTO interviews (if required)
  • Late August : Successful applications placement advice
  • September - mid October: Round 2 (if applicable) reviews, assessments and place offers.

RTOs also deliver training towards the RACGP Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP).

Information, requirements and processes are subject to change, so visit the AGPT website regularly to check for updates.

To find out more about the AGPT program download a copy of the AGPT Handbook.

The Australian General Practice Training program is the most popular pathway into general practice in Australia. Successful completion of all elements of the training program results in fellowship of one (or both) of the two Australian general practice colleges: The RACGP or ACRRM, depending on which curriculum is selected.
                 

How long is the AGPT program?

The program involves a three to four year full-time commitment (or part-time equivalent). This can be reduced with recognition of prior learning (RPL).

To find out more about the program structure click here.
     

What is involved in the AGPT program?

Following 12 months of hospital training, GP registrars gain practical experience in rural and urban practices, in extended skills posts, as well as procedural and academic posts. Registrars are supervised by experienced GPs. The training includes self-directed learning, face-to-face educational activities and in-practice education sessions.

To find out more about the program structure click here.
     

Who delivers the training?

The training is delivered by 9 Regional Training Organisations (RTO's) throughout Australia. Registrars are allocated to RTOs based on their application and assessment ranking, training preferences and availability of training places.
    

How do I apply to the AGPT program?

Applications are open in May to June each year for entry into the AGPT program. You may apply during your internship year to commence the following year. Alternatively, you can apply later in your hospital training.

Applications are made online via the AGPT website.

To find out more about applying for the AGPT program click here.