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GP Training Standards in Australia

What you need to know

The standards, assessment and endpoint qualification for General Practice Training in Australia are set and administered by two colleges; The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).

A registrar must apply directly to the vocational registration endpoint (pathway) they will work towards before being accepted into the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program. Registrars may choose either or both Fellowship endpoints (FACRRM, FRACGP).

As a GP Training practice, you will have been accredited via your Registered Training Organisation and subsequently by either or both of the colleges to oversee the training of the registrar according to the college(s) curriculum and standards. As the name suggests ACRRM sets curriculum and standards specifically for rural and remote practice. ACRRM Pathway registrars are considered to be training according to a rural pathway, though choosing an ACRRM vocational registration does not limit a registrar to practice only in rural and remote locations.

The RACGP curriculum and standards allow for registrars to choose either a rural and/or general pathway(s). It is important to understand the vocational training pathway your registrar is engaged with, the standards, milestones and assessments they will have to undergo to achieve vocational registration as a GP.

The RACGP Vocational Training Standards published in December 2015 are available here.

The ACRRM Vocational Training Standards published in November 2017 are available here.