There are three opportunities for candidates to engage with the VRGP

1) Expression of Interest

Potential trainees who aspire to a career as a Rural Generalist (including medical students) can submit an online Expression of Interest to the VRGP. The VRGP team will make contact with you to further explore your interest.

2) Direct Entry RG1

Potential trainees can enter the VRGP as a RG1 (Intern). There are RG1 positions located across rural Victoria. Potential trainees seeking entry to the program as a RG1 are required to meet the selection criteria. Applications for Direct Entry into RG1 are made through the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV) Victorian Rural Preferential Allocation (VRPA) as a part of the Victorian Intern Match.

3) Lateral Entry

Potential trainees can enter the VRGP through lateral entry at the following stages:

  • RG2 (PGY2)
  • RG Advanced
  • Primary Care terms while training towards GP/RG fellowship
  • Existing FRACGP who wish to obtain the FARGP

Candidates seeking entry to the program are required to meet the selection criteria. Places for Lateral Entry may be limited by post availability.

RG1 Timeline

TimelineKey Dates
Registration opens4 May 2021
Registration closes3 June 2021
Videos distributed to regional interview panels to assess recorded videos, score and indicate shortlist for online live interviews8 June - 11 June 2021
Regional interview panels to conduct online live videos21 June - 25 June 2021
PMCV 1st allocation1 July -2 July 2021
Early offers sent5 July 2021
Second Round - Health Services enter rankings to PMCV6 July - 8 July 2021
Second allocation round results released (VRPA results also published) via APS12 July 2021

RG2 Timeline

TimelineKey Dates
Candidate registrations9 June - 14 July, 2021
H.S Assessment, Selection and Ranking18 - 23 August, 2021
PMCV Match Process24 August - 29 August 2021
Offers published30 August, 2021

Victorian Rural Medical Scholarship Scheme


The department funds the Victorian Rural Medical Scholarships (VRMS) Scheme to assist medical students, with a commitment to working in rural and regional Victoria, with living and tertiary expenses. The scheme supports career pathways to rural medical practice. The VRMS is administered by the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV) on behalf of the department. Students who place only Rural and Regional Intern programs in their top three are eligible to apply.

How to apply

Applications for VRMS are part of the Intern Match.