Why choose the Rural Generalist Training Scheme?

RGTS offers coordinated and collaborative national and regional support from experienced FACRRM educators, accredited supervisors and stakeholders, to give you high quality training that focuses on rural from day one. 

The scheme is a critical component of the National Rural Generalist Pathway, acknowledging the extended requirements and skills of Rural Generalists. It focuses on meeting the diverse health needs of regional, rural, and remote Australians.

RGTS is built on a foundation of more than 20 years’ experience delivering the College-led Independent Pathway.

The Rural Generalist Training Scheme provides: 

  • Fully funded* education, training and support
  • Financial support to enable registrars to meet the cost of training
  • Practice and supervisor payments to support and provide clinical education and supervision during the first two training terms in general practice.
  • A comprehensive and structured education program delivered online and face to face, facilitated by an experienced team of FACRRM medical educators and experienced rural General Practitioners  
  • A self-guided learning experience developed by FACRRM
  • Coordinated regional support through ACRRM Training Networks (ATNs) 
  • The ability to adapt and tailor your training to meet the requirements of Fellowship 

*Application fee, assessment fees and membership fees apply




Fellowship training is undertaken in an ACRRM accredited post and comprises of:

  • Three (3) years Core Generalist Training (CGT)
  • One (1)-year Advanced Specialised Training (AST)*. 

*Selected ASTs can take up to 24 months.

Take a closer look at requirements of Core Generalist Training.


Education requirements of Fellowship include a structured education program developed and delivered by experienced FACRRM educators, self-guided online courses, face to face and virtual workshops, and a series of facilitated webinars.


The assessment program covers a range of formative and summative workplace-based activities, and standardised assessments. 

Visit our assessment page for more in-depth information on assessment modalities.

Training post

ACRRM accredited training posts across regional, rural, and remote locations that meet the scope of practice and context required of Fellowship training.

Regional, rural, and remote locations are identified as a Modified Monash Model (MMM) 2-7. 



Eligibility Criteria

Residency / citizenship 

  • Hold Australian citizenship
  • Permanent residency status

Primary medical qualification

Australian Medical Council (AMC) recognised medical qualification.

Medical registration 

Applicants are required to hold general medical registration without conditions or undertakings by the commencement of training.  View the RGTS eligibility guide for further information.







Upfront Fees    
Application FeeThe Application Fee covers the costs of the application and the selection process.$700*Upon application
Ongoing Fees    
Membership feeRegistrars enjoy the benefits of being a member of the College. Learn more about membership. $430*Upfront pro rata, then annually.
Other Fees    
Assessment  View full list of assessments fees.

Legend: * Non-refundable, ^ GST free. Fees subject to change/annual fee.



The Rural Generalist Training Scheme (RGTS) is a government funded, dedicated stream of the ACRRM Fellowship Program. It is an integrated Rural Generalist pathway that provides a borderless training experience allowing registrars on this pathway to move across localities and/or workplaces as required to meet their broad scope training requirements. RGTS selection, curriculum, education, training and assessment are all purpose-designed to lead doctors to the end point qualification for FACRRM and certified Rural Generalist practice.

The College runs two intakes per year. To start training in July 2022, apply between 10am AEST Tuesday 21 September 2021 and 11.59pm AEST Monday 10 January 2022.

RGTS is designed to make positive progress towards the goals of the National Medical Workforce Strategy, which identifies the geographic maldistribution and inequality in healthcare access.

It pivots for improving access to medical care for remote and rural Australians by strengthening primary care and restoring provision of advanced care services in regional, rural and remote areas, minimising the need for people to travel to cities for specialist and emergency care.

It supports the development and delivery of health care services within rural and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities by formalising direct relationships with local health services.

Yes, in February 2020 Minister for Regional Health the Hon Mark Coulton announced ACRRM would deliver Australia's first government- funded specialist Rural Generalist training program.

ACRRM offers up to 400 RGTS training places over four (4) years, commencing in 2021.

Consistent with ACRRM training standards, all training places are in MMM 2-7 locations. It is intended that all regions will have a target allocation of registrars. These targets are determined in consultation with the Commonwealth Department of Health and key regional organisations to ensure adequate distribution of trainees, viable peer-learning networks and utilisation of program resources.

RGTS is a national program designed to direct registrars to the training locations where they will access high quality training in accredited training posts.

Yes, all ACRRM training posts are accredited to deliver the RGTS.

To be eligible, you must either:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen
  • become an Australian citizen or permanent resident by the time you finish training if you got your qualification in Australia or New Zealand and are on an approved temporary residency visa

You must also:

  • have recognised medical qualifications
  • have general medical registration before your training starts, and
  • not be currently training towards a Fellowship with ACRRM or the RACGP

The College will act as a single national administrative point for whole-of-program coordination, enabling all registrars and supervisors to liaise directly with the College.

The national training team will include centrally located staff as well as regionally based support staff and educators. These teams will deliver the FACRRM education program and provide support and guidance to facilitate registrars' training progression. The College will also support supervisors and training practices.

The RGTS will operate within the IP framework, training and training support will be delivered directly by the College and registrars will benefit from the same flexible approach to operational policies and conditions. In addition, RGTS training places will benefit from Government funded support to the registrar as well as to their supervisors and training practices.

Registrars have access to relocation funding, recognising that relocations are far more likely for Rural Generalist trainees than other General Practice trainees and can present a considerable financial and personal cost. Registrars also have access to training support to undertake mandatory course requirements of training.

ACRRM supervisors are supported and offered guidance by the College including medical educators and regional and national support staff. They are financially supported for their work as supervisors and be supported to maintain their professional skill set.

Accredited training practices are supported by regional and national ACRRM staff. Practices are supported by ACRRM to attain and maintain accreditation. Financial support is provided to practices and supervisors when training ACRRM registrars. This support recognises the importance of building and sustaining remote/rural training capacity and the difficulties many practices face in recruiting workforce due to pervasive shortages.

The College runs two intakes per year. Click the 'express interest' button in the banner to register for updates on intake dates.

Registrars can apply for RPL through their Training Officer or training@acrrm.org.au.

More information on RPL can be found in the Recognition of Prior Learning Policy here.

What steps are involved in the application?

  • Step 1
    Online Application
    Application is a two-step process consisting of your personal details and the suitability assessment. ACRRM selects candidates for entry into the Fellowship program based on the following criteria: demonstrated commitment to a career as a specialist general practitioner working in rural or remote Australia; demonstrated capacity and motivation to acquire abilities, skills and knowledge in the ACRRM domains of practice; demonstrated connection with rural communities; demonstrated commitment to meeting the needs of rural and remote communities through an extended scope of practice; possesses the personal characteristics associated with a successful career in rural or remote practice.
  • Step 2
    Referee Reports
    Applicants are required to provide names and contact details for two medical practitioner referees to support their application. Referees must have supervised you for four weeks or more in the past three years and not be related or a close friend. Referees will be provided with a survey to complete and return to the College. The information provided will be treated confidentially and will not be made available to the applicant under any circumstances.
  • Step 3
    Multiple Mini Interviews
    Shortlisted applicants will be invited to the Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) stage. MMI is behavioural-based assessment consisting of six short interviews in which you have two minutes to read a scenario and eight minutes to respond. Questions are designed to allow you to display your ability to think logically about a topic and communicate your response and ideas effectively. While details of the MMI questions will not be known to you until the day of the interview, you can prepare for MMIs by reading the selection criteria and relating your experiences to the key elements of the selection criteria.
  • Step 4
    Offers released
    Candidates are notified of the outcome of their application via email.

Key dates

July 2022 cohort
Application process Dates
Applications open Tuesday 1 February 2022
Applications and suitability assessment close & fee due Tuesday 19 April 2022
Reports from Referees due Thursday 5 May 2022
Eligibility outcome released & interview invitation sent to shortlisted candidates Thursday 9 June 2022
Multiple Mini Interviews 5 - 8 July 2022
Offer released Thursday 28 July 2022
Acceptance of offers due Friday 5 August 2022
Training start dateMonday 8 August 2022


January 2023 cohort
Application process Dates
Applications and suitability assessment close & fee due Monday 23 May 2022
Reports from Referees due Thursday 9 June 2022
Eligibility outcome released & interview invitation sent to shortlisted candidates Thursday 14 July 2022
Multiple Mini Interviews 2 - 5 August 2022
Offer released Thursday 18 August 2022
Acceptance of offers due Friday 26 August 2022
Training start dateMonday 16 January 2023


RGTS Eligibility Guidelines

Fellowship Training Program Handbook

ACRRM Fellowship Guide

RGTS Overview

Factsheet - RGTS Registrar support

Factsheet - RGTS Payments

Factsheet - RGTS information for employers