Stage One - application and eligibility check

Applications for entry for the Australian General Practice Training program in 2018 are now open, and will close at 10:00 am AEST Monday 8 May 2017. 

The 2018 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 2018 AGPT Program will be 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 2018 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 AGPTEligibility@health.gov.au 

Program Eligibility

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

  • Permanent residency/citizenship
  • Medical qualifications
  • Medical registration
  • Training program registration

Detailed eligibility and supporting documentation requirements is available in the 2018 AGPT Eligibility Guide.

Further Eligibility Requirements 

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

Applicants who are overseas trained and who currently reside on a 457 visa or an 820 visa must hold Australian or New Zealand permanent residency or citizenship prior to the close of applications (10:00 am AEST 8 May 2017).

For further information for applicants who hold a 457 visa, 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 2018 AGPT Program training year (8 February 2018), they must:

  • Declare this in their AGPT application 
  • Provide relevant documents from the Medical Board of Australia (listed on AHPRA).
Additional entry requirements may apply to the applicant if there are any conditions and/or undertakings attached to their medical registration which are due to health or disciplinary reasons. 

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

Statutory Declaration - 2018 AGPT Name Change (PDF 330.9KB) 

Statutory Declaration - 2018 AGPT Other Training Program (PDF 295.2KB)

Statutory Declaration - 2018 AGPT OTDNET applicant (PDF 359.2KB)

Statutory Declaration - FGAMS 457 Visa Holder Temporary Residence (PDF 309.4KB) 

Authorised Representative Form (PDF 609.6KB)  


For further information on eligibility criteria and the AGPT application process, contact the AGPT Eligibility team on 1800 DR AGPT (1800 372 478 ) Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm AEST or email AGPTeligibility@health.gov.au 

If you are calling from overseas please phone: +61 2 6289 2666