Stage One - application and eligibility check

Applications for the final intake of the AGPT Program in 2020 open at 10am AEST Monday 2 September 2019 and close at 3pm AEST Monday 23 September 2019.

The AGPT Handbook is for doctors considering applying for entry into the AGPT Program. It provides an overview of the program, the organisations involved in training, and the application process.

Application Process

The application process requires applicants to submit an online application, including supporting documents and selection of training regions, during the application period. The Department of Health then confirms each applicant’s eligibility, to determine if their application can proceed to college assessment and selection. 

The AGPT selection process for the 2020 AGPT Program is jointly led by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). Each college will run its own merit-based process to select applicants for the 2020 AGPT Program. 

For questions regarding the AGPT application process, including eligibility requirements and supporting documentation, please contact 1800 DR AGPT (1800 37 2478) or email 

Program Eligibility

To apply for the AGPT Program you must be eligible in the following components:

  • Australian permanent residency/citizenship
  • Medical qualifications
  • Medical registration
  • Training program registration

Further Eligibility Requirements - 457 Visa Holders 

AGPT applicants who hold a current 457  or 482 visa have further eligibility requirements that must be fulfilled in order to be eligible for the AGPT Program.

Please note: South Australia, Northern Territory, Western Victoria and North Western Queensland are the only training regions able to support 457 and 482 visa holders for the AGPT Program in 2020.

Applicants who are overseas trained and who currently reside on a 457, 482 visa or an 820 visa must hold Australian or New Zealand citizenship or Australian permanent residency prior to the close of applications (3pm AEST Monday 23 September 2019).

For further information for 457 visa holders, please visit the 457 Visa Information Page

Pathway Eligibility

AGPT applicants elect to train on either a rural or general pathway. These pathways determine the area where you will train, not the content of your training. Some overseas-trained doctors (OTDs) and foreign graduates of accredited medical schools (FGAMS) affected by Section 19AB of the Health Insurance Act 1973 (the 10-year moratorium) may be required to apply for the rural pathway as they are ineligible for the general pathway.

General medical registration with conditions and/or undertakings

If an applicant has or is anticipating having conditions and/or undertakings on their medical registration at the commencement of the 2019 AGPT Program training year (4 February 2019), they must:

  • Declare this in their AGPT application
  • Provide relevant documents from the Medical Board of Australia (listed on AHPRA).

Applicants are encouraged to refer to and ensure they understand the 'Guidelines for the assessment of applicants with conditions and/or undertakings attached to their general registration' when applying for the AGPT Program.  

Statutory declaration templates