Eligibility for the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT)

The AGPT Program is one of the ways medical registrars can become GPs in Australia. Find out who can apply.

Who can apply

To be eligible, you must either:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen
  • become an Australian citizen or permanent resident by the time you finish training if you got your qualification in Australia or New Zealand and are on an approved temporary residency visa.

You must also:

  • have recognised medical qualifications
  • have general medical registration before your training starts.

If you trained overseas, you must meet the requirements of the Australian Medical Council or Competent Authority pathway. See DoctorConnect for more on becoming a GP in Australia.

The college you apply to will assess whether you’re eligible.

Learn more from the:

You need to decide whether you train in the general or rural pathway. Find which pathway is right for you.

Australian Defence Force (ADF) doctors

ADF doctors can apply for the AGPT Program and train in any region of Australia.

ADF registrars must do full-time civilian general practice training along with their military training.

For more, read our ADF policy or contact the Department of Defence.

Australian Defence Force – AGPT contact

Australian Defence Force (ADF) registrars training under the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program can contact the Medical Officer Professional and Career Development Committee Secretariat Joint Health Command.

Eligibility restrictions

Some overseas-trained doctors are subject to Section 19AB of the Health Insurance Act 1973. This might restrict where you can work for 10 years.

If this applies to you, you are only eligible for the rural pathway. If you want to take the general pathway you will need an exemption from us.

Learn more about Section 19AB and exemptions

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