GP registrars

Welcome to the Australian General Practice Training Program (AGPT). As a registrar of the program you will acquire valuable practical experience in different training locations, including teaching hospitals, rural and urban practices, and specialised medical centres that provide health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people from socially disadvantaged groups. You also have the opportunity to acquire experience in extended skills/advanced specialised training, procedural general practice and academic posts.

This webpage provides information about accessing the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS), the incentives we offer for training in rural locations, and the opportunities available via speciality training posts.

Medicare Benefits Schedule 

Registrars are able to access the General Practitioner (GP) items in the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) for the period, and at the location, of their approved training placements.  For this to be achieved documentation defining the placement as an approved placement must be lodged by the registrar via their Regional Training Organisation before taking up a training position.  The Application Forms link provides further information on the necessary documentation you need to complete and submit to be eligible for the MBS.

Workforce Incentive Program (WIP)

Under the Stronger Rural Health Strategy, the WIP will provide targeted financial incentives to encourage doctors to deliver eligible primary health care services in regional, rural or remote areas that have difficulty attracting and retaining doctors. The WIP will also provide financial incentives to support eligible general practices to engage the services of nurses, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners and allied health professionals.
From 1 January 2020, the WIP will replace the Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP) and the General Practice Rural Incentives Program (GPRIP). 

Funding under the WIP will be available in two streams:

  • The PNIP will transition to the WIP-Practice Stream, where payments will be made directly to practices:
  • The GPRIP will transition to the WIP-Doctor Stream, where payments will be made directly to doctors.
More information on the WIP is available on the Department of Health’s website.


Training Posts

Registrars in the AGPT program are eligible to apply for various speciality training posts including: