General Practice


  • 3-4 years full time (RACGP) or 4 years full time (ACRRM)
  • Offers flexible training options


  • Minimum PGY1+
  • Rotations in Medicine, Surgery and Emergency


  • The RACGP Training Program is structured over three years:
    • 12 months Hospital Training
    • 18 months (3 x 6-month terms) in RACGP accredited general practices
    • 6 months Extended Skills
    • A further 12 months Advanced Rural Skills Training (ARST) may be completed in an approved discipline to lead to Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP)
  • The ACRRM Training Program is structured over four years:
    • 12 months Core Clinical Time (CCT), usually completed in hospital
    • 24 months Primary Rural and Remote Training in ACRRM accredited facilities (6 months in community primary care, 6 months in hospital and emergency care and 12 months rural/remote experience)
    • 12 months in Advanced Specialised Training (AST) in an approved discipline


  • There are four general practice training pathways in Australia:
  • Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program
  • Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS)
  • ACRRM Independent (self-funded) pathway
  • RACGP’s Practice Experience Program
  • Deciding which fellowship to undertake (RACP, ACRRM or joint) is a personal decision. Fellowship of both Colleges is recognised by Medicare Australia.
  • Both colleges offer accreditation as a General Practitioner and Rural Generalist.
Information from is intended as a summary to assist with career planning and has been developed by the Southern Regional Training Hub Alliance. While every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, details should be verified through the relevant Specialist College and health services. LAST UPDATED October 14, 2021