The AGPT program

The AGPT program is the government-funded GP training program.

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


See the steps to applying for the AGPT program.

A side-by-side comparison of the ACRRM and RACGP AGPT pathway

ACRRM AGPT program structure

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.

RACGP AGPT program structure

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) Your Regional Training Organisation (RTO) will have 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 which must be completed. Read more about the skills you can undertake. PLEASE NOTE: The FARGP will transition soon to FRACGP-RG Fellowship, read more here.

How to become a GP in Australia. There are multiple pathways into general practice in Australia, learn more.

What are Regional Training Organisations (RTOs) and what areas do they operate in?