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AGPT Overview

Due to GPET being dissolved into the Department of Health in January 2015 and a retendering of Regional Training Providers this year, the following information is subject to change. 

The Australian Government places a quota on the number of AGPT training positions available, therefore entry into the program is on a competitive basis. For the 2015 training year, 1,500 positions were available for the AGPT program Australia wide. It is anticipated there will be a similar number in 2016. NCGPT was allocated 55 positions (44 Rural and 11 General pathways) for its 2015 intake. 

Selection into the AGPT program is a merit-based, competitive and multi-phased process used to determine which applicants are best suited to general practice. Applicants apply to the program through General Practice Education and Training (GPET) and submit their applications via the AGPT website. Applicants select their preferred Regional Training Providers (RTPs) as part of their application process.

The New Applicant Section on the AGPT website provides detailed information about the AGPT selection process, eligibility, FAQs, key dates and the AGPT Applicant Guide.

NCGPT also require its shortlisted applicants to complete the NCGPT Application Form once shortlists are released. Some documentation, such as statements of service are required as part of this application. 

NCGPT Training Pathways (The Rural or General Question)

AGPT applicants are often confused about the differences between the Rural and General Pathways. Basically, these pathways determine what geographical areas (RA1-5) a registrar needs to practice in, not the content of the training program or the length of time it takes to complete.

In RTPs such as North Coast GP Training, registrars doing either pathway receive the same training over the same period of time. In the NCGPT region there is only one location (Tweed Heads) that Rural Pathway Registrars can not practice in. Consequently there is no significant training differences between the two pathways. There are however generous incentive payments made under the General Practice Rural Incentive Program (GPRIP) available to registrars working in some rural RA locations. 

Rural Pathway registrars should be aware they are restricted from training in certain RA area.

The NCGPT Training Programs

NCGPT's general practice training program allows registrars to train towards Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM), or both. For those seeking to further prepare for the challenges of working in rural settings NCGPT supports the Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP). During their training registrars can opt to work in practices that specialise in specific health areas of interest to them. Full practical exam preparation support is offered, for both the written and clinical exams, giving our registrars a strong track record of success in the College exams.

NCGPT’s strong Procedural Training Program offers Registrars opportunities to gain valuable procedural skills in Emergency, O&G, Anaesthetics, Surgery and Mental Health in accredited Advanced Rural Skills Posts based in hospitals across the region. NCGPT registrars also have opportunities for a rich and rewarding experience in any one of five Aboriginal Medical and Health Services across the region

Rural Generalist Program 

AGPT applicants will be able to apply for the Rural Generalist Program with training offered in Emergency MedicineObstetrics and Gynaecology and Anaesthetics in accredited Advanced Rural Skills Posts based in hospitals across the region. NCGPT registrars also have opportunities for a rich and rewarding career experience in any one of six Aboriginal Medical and Health Services across the region. 

Training Practice Availability and Allocations

NCGPT registrars have the option of training in any one of over 60 high quality accredited training practices across our region.  Although NCGPT makes every effort to place registrars in their preferred location there are only a limited number of training places available at any given time.  Historically, the training practices in the far north of our region (the area north of Ballina including Murwillumbah, Ocean Shores, Mullumbimby, Brunswick Heads and Byron Bay) are always in high demand. 

Due to ongoing high demand, new applicants wishing to train in the northernmost part of the region may be required to undertake at least part of their training at locations further south such as Ballina, Bangalow, Alstonville, Goonellabah, Lismore, Maclean or in our beautiful Coffs Harbour or Port Macquarie education nodes.  All of the communities of the north coast of NSW have a great deal to offer, so we encourage all potential applicants to consider a range of training locations.

Once registrars select a training location NCGPT will do everything possible to ensure that all future training can be undertaken in practices within a reasonable commutable distance of their chosen home, provided their home is within the NCGPT region.  


Further Information

Please click here to view our FAQ's document - it contains information about all the questions we commonly recieve about the AGPT Program. 

If you still have a question about applying to North Coast GP Training contact Jo Sayer on 66 8157 11 or email 






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Note:NCGPT reserves the right to consider for placement on the AGPT program a limited number of applicants based on our workforce and geographic distribution requirements.