How the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program works

The AGPT Program offers many training options and locations for medical registrars who want to become GPs in Australia. Find out where you can train, how long it will take and what training you can do.

AGPT pathways

There are 2 pathways to becoming a GP in Australia through the AGPT Program. You can train:

  • mainly in a rural or regional area, through the rural pathway
  • mainly in or near a city, through the general pathway

The rural pathway is available through either the:

The general pathway is available through the RACGP.

Learn more about choosing an AGPT pathway.

Where can I train?

Where you train depends on your choice of:

We classify Australian cities, regions and rural and remote locations using the Modified Monash Model (MMM).

The model measures how remote a region is and how many people live there. It uses a scale of MM1 (large city) to MM7 (very remote).

The rural pathway allows you to train in MM2 to MM7 areas.

You can take the general pathway anywhere in Australia.

View a map showing the MM categories of all AGPT training regions.

Learn more about training locations and RTOs from the GP colleges:

Hospital and practice placements

As part of your training, you need to complete placements in various settings through your RTO. This will include time in hospitals and other accredited facilities. Each college and pathway has its own requirements.

If you already have experience in a hospital setting, you might be eligible for recognition of prior learning. You need to show evidence of your experience and meet the college’s requirements.

The ACRRM and RACGP can tell you about what placements you need to do, and recognition of prior learning.

How long does the training take?

The length of your training depends on the pathway you choose. Most training takes 3 to 4 years full time.

Learn more about training timeframes for each pathway from the ACRRM and RACGP.

You can apply for part-time training or take leave during your training. This will increase the time it takes you to finish.

There are limits on how long you can take to complete your training. But you can apply for an extension in some cases.

For more information, see the guide.

Employment conditions

The AGPT Program is practical. An experienced GP will supervise you. Your training will also include:

  • discussions with your supervisor
  • teaching visits from medical educators
  • workshops with peers
  • personal study

Your employment conditions will vary depending on where you work:

  • In a public hospital — you will be a salaried medical officer, covered by an employment award or enterprise bargaining agreement.
  • In general practice — you will likely be a small business employee, covered by the National Terms and Conditions for the Employment of Registrars. Billing patients for your services will generate your income.

Find out how to apply for the AGPT.

Read all of the policies and forms that support the AGPT Program. 

Last updated: 
3 March 2020

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