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Rural Generalist Advanced

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Rural Generalist Advanced (RG Advanced) is what the colleges call Advanced Skills Training or Rural Advanced Skills Training. This is 12 months, full-time equivalent, of training in one discipline of specialised care in a health service or community setting. All RG Advanced posts must have relevant accreditation with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) or Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). Training provided within an RG Advanced post should be based on the relevant college curriculum. It is anticipated that the number of funded places available will expand as the success of the VRGP is demonstrated. If you are interested in undertaking RG Advanced training in a skill not currently funded, please speak with the Regional Coordinator in the region in which you want to train. 

The workforce needs priorities of Victoria are:

Other RG Advanced accredited training posts will be considered for approval by the department based on demonstrated community need and accreditation. 


All candidates applying to RG Advanced positions in Victoria for the 2021 training year, including those being pre-matched, will need to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Enrolled, or accepted, in an accredited General Practice training program for the 2021 training year,
  • Or current registration as a GP  
  • And demonstrate a commitment to Rural Generalist training, building a career and practicing the Advanced skill for which they are applying.
  • Candidates on RACGP training programs will also need to provide evidence that they will complete the requirements of hospital-based training before commencement in the RG Advanced  role. This will be done via a practice readiness assessment with the RTO.

How to Apply

Allocation and Placement Service (APS)

All candidates must apply for a training post through the annual Rural Generalist Advanced Skills centralised recruitment match. This process is administered by the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria PMCV. The guidelines and timelines for the Rural Generalist Advanced (RGA) APS are being developed in consultation with Regional Networks, RTOs, and colleges. As 2020 is a transition year provisional processes will be in place while these are being fully developed. 

Under the provisional arrangements for 2020 there will be no priority groups. 

Match schedule 2020:

Applicable to ALL current and new trainees applying for, accepted into, or currently on, an accredited GP Training Program and GP Fellows.

Timeline Process 
May – JuneAdvertising period via Health Services websites, RTO websites, and VRGP website
29 JuneMatch opens for Candidates:   
Referee nomination 
Nomination of health service and Regional Network preferences  
Candidates to submit applications to Health Services  
Consent required for information to be passed to Health Services, ACRRM, RG Regional Coordinator & RTO
29 JuneHealth Service Applications Opens:  
Health Services HR systems are open to accept applications 
17 JulyFinal date for pre-matched positions to be finalised
23 JulyCandidate registrations close:  
Referees to have completed online referee report form 
20 July – 31 JulyAssessment period for Health Services and Regional Coordinators: 
Access Candidates List and completed referee reports
3 – 21 AugHealth Service and Regional Network Interviews 
28 AugFinal date for candidates to change existing preferences or withdraw:   
Withdraw from Match, voluntary
Withdraw from Match if unsuccessful with application to accredited GP training program 
Delete/Reorder preferences (existing preferences only) 
31 – 4 SeptPreference Submission and Match closes for Health Services: 
Submit online list of preferred candidates in rank order 
7 –11 SeptMatch takes place:  
APS team run matching algorithm and check results 
14 Sept

Match Results Available: 

Match results are available to candidates, health service administrators and RG Regional Coordinators via the PMCV Allocation and Placement Service website 

OngoingRTOs working with Regional RG Coordinators to continue to try to match any unmatched posts and unmatched RG registrars 
February 2021  Commencement date of employment at health services

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