The AGPT program

The Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program is the government-funded GP training program for medical graduates wishing to pursue a career in general practice in Australia.

Medical school

(Four to six years)

Hospital training

(Minimum 12 months)

  • The minimum requirement for entry into GP training is one year
  • If you have more than one year of experience, you may be eligible to reduce your GP training time
  • You can submit your GP training application during your first year in the hospital, to begin GP training the next year

Apply for GP training

(Minimum 12 months)

Find out more details on the decisions you will have to makewhen choosing your
GP training pathway.

Fellowship pathway

ACRRM GP training
Four years, consisting of:

  • AGPT hospital training (first 12 months) Core clinical training time working in metropolitan, regional or rural hospitals. You can apply to the training program as an intern and undertake your second year as part of GP training. There are compulsory rotations.
  • Primary rural and remote training (24 months) Supervised training and teaching takes place in rural and remote posts in hospitals, general practice, Aboriginal Health Services, community health services and other posts. You will build clinical and procedural skills, provide comprehensive and continuing care across the primary and secondary continuum. Advanced skills training can be integrated at this stage with ACRRM approval.
  • Advanced specialised training (12 months) Training in one of 10 ACRRM-specified disciplines, extending your skills and knowledge in one specialised area relevant to rural and remote general practice. Training can occur in metropolitan, rural or remote posts. Read more about the training you can undertake.

Fellowship pathway

RACGP GP training
Three years, consisting of:

  • AGPT hospital training (first 12 months) The first year of the program is spent in a hospital which can be completed anywhere in Australia. You will need to complete the following rotations before starting your general practice training: general medicine, general surgery, emergency, paediatrics, and a range of other rotations to provide a breadth of experience. Prior to commencing your general practice term, you will need to have completed a basic life support course in the previous 12 months. In certain circumstances, you may be eligible to apply for an exemption for the first year of the program via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
  • General practice placements (18 months) RACGP will provide a list of the placements you will need to complete. You will receive supervision and teaching from GP supervisors. Registrars in the general pathway need to complete at least 12 months in outer metropolitan, rural or Aboriginal health posts during their training. Registrars in the rural pathway must complete at least 18 months in a rural practice setting.
  • Extended skills (six months) The six months of extended skills training provides an opportunity to develop your general practice skills and can be completed in a variety of RACGP-accredited settings. There is a range of options for extended skills, including palliative care, sports medicine, sexual health or skin cancer medicine. Read more about the skills you can undertake.
  • Optional advanced rural skills (12 months) This leads to an additional Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP). This training year is undertaken working in accredited rural training posts and accredited advanced rural training posts. There are two core modules that must be completed. Read more about the skills you can undertake.

ACRRM academic posts

You can undertake an academic training term while completing Advanced Specialised Training.

Incorporating an academic training term during PRRT
is considered on a case by case basis.


professional development


professional development

Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP), (12 months)

Learn about the specific health needs of rural and remote communities, and develop skills to meet those needs.

FARGP is an additional 12 months of training during your GP training with RACGP; FARGP can also be undertaken post-fellowship.

PLEASE NOTE: The FARGP is being transitioned to FRACGP-RG from 2021, read more here.

RACGP academic posts

You can apply for an academic post after your first general practice term.

The post is usually for 12 months and is undertaken concurrently with a general practice placement.

The term can be undertaken as a part of your extended skills (EST) component, as extended training time, or as a FARGP ARST if approved.