AGPT 2020 program

How do I apply to the AGPT program?


The Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program is an Australian Government-funded vocational training program for doctors who want to specialise as general practitioners.

Applications for the 2020 AGPT program open 10:00am Monday 25 March, 2019 and close 10:00am Monday 29 April, 2019.

NTGPE supports trainee doctors as they complete their training at hospitals, urban practices and rural and remote clinics located across the Territory. Our team of experienced and highly skilled medical educators and supervisors are experts in their field and will provide the mentorship and guidance you need to succeed in your GP training.

Our training program meets the requirements of the ACRRM and RACGP curricula and provides real-world training through our focus on local and national health priority areas.

By training in the NT, your opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of others is magnified through the broad scope of training experiences in rural and remote health delivery, Indigenous health, tropical medicine and mainstream medicine.

How do I apply to the AGPT program?

Applicants apply for a training place in 2020 through their preferred college; the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and/or the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).

How can I choose to train in the Northern Territory?

NTGPE is the regional training organisation (RTO) in the NT; if you apply to train in the NT, you'll be training with us.

During the application process you’ll be asked to prioritise where you would like to train; here's where you select the NT for a training experience with challenging and diverse medicine, plenty of adventure and opportunities you won't find anywhere else.

Fellowship options

RACGP offers two fellowship options:

Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP)

Three years full time, available to GP registrars on both general and rural pathway.

Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP)

Four years full time, available qualification to all GP registrars who are completing FRACGP

ACRRM offers one fellowship option:

Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM)

Four years full time, designed for those who want to work rurally or remotely. Involves advanced rural training.

Application process

Step one—application and eligibility
Apply for a 2020 training place in the AGPT program at your preferred college’s website ( or listing NTGPE as your preferred regional training organisation (RTO) to train in the NT. The Commonwealth Department of Health will then assess your eligibility for the AGPT program. For more information about eligibility for the AGPT program, go to

Step two—college assessment
Depending on your chosen college, you will be required to pass an assessment in order to confirm you have the skills, knowledge and attributes required for a successful career as a GP.

Step three—fee payment
You will be required to pay an application fee to your chosen college before your application can be assessed. Payment of the application fee does not guarantee your acceptance into the program.

Step four—interview
Candidates may be invited to interview with an RTO in accord with their assessment outcome, training pathway and regional preference.

Step five—offers
If you are successful in receiving an offer for a place in the program, you will be required to respond in writing within seven days. If you do not receive an offer in the first round, you may be offered a position in another region or round of offers. If you are unsuccessful, you will be notified.

Step six—placement selection
After accepting your offer, your allocated RTO will send you information about how to apply for your chosen placement.

What is rural generalist training?

Applicants can now express their interest in undertaking Rural Generalist Training. RACGP applicants selecting Rural Generalist Training must train towards FRACGP combined with FARGP. All ACRRM training places are considered suitable to train under the AGPT Rural Generalist Policy 2019.

Applicants considering Rural Generalist Training are encouraged to read the AGPT Rural Generalist Policy 2019 and the accompanying FAQs, which are available on the AGPT website.

Important dates
Applications open 10am AEDT Monday 25 March 2019
Applications close 10am AEST Monday 29 April 2019

Useful links:

NTGPE applicant booklet

AGPT website

ACRRM website

RACGP website 

More questions? Let us help you by contacting or 08 8946 7079.

Dr Sarah Lord


The wealth of variety that comes through my door consistenly is amazing. Throughout my clinical training whether its been hospital based or GP based, the breadth of experience I get in the NT is not what they are seeing down south.