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Eligibility and Application


All applicants must have successfully completed the postgraduate year one (PGY1 or Intern Year) and be eligible for general registration with the Medical Board of Australia.  Entry to the program is from the PGY2 year or beyond to align with selection into general practice training through either the RACGP or the ACRRM.

Applicants to the NSW Rural Generalist Medical Training Program should be aware that eligibility criteria includes being accepted, waiting acceptance or intending to enrol, in a general practice training program for Foundation Year.  Continuation on the program and progress to the advanced skills training year is contingent on acceptance to a formal general practice training program.

Trainees will also undertake the program as a pathway in one of the of the advanced skills disciplines offered by the Rural Generalist Program.

Note that applications for general practice training are administered through the Federal Department of Health.  Applicants should refer here for further information about applying for general practice training.

To be eligible to apply to the NSW Rural Generalist Medical Training Program, applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. Be eligible for general registration with the Medical Board of Australia
  2. Demonstrate a commitment to rural practice and rural communities including an intention to provide advanced or procedural skills services in a rural community
  3. Be enrolled, in the process of enrolling or intending to enrol, on one of the General Practice training programs as follows:
    1. Australian General Practice Training (AGPT)
    2. Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS), or the
    3. Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) Independent Pathway.


Successful applicants are recruited at one of two entry points along the training pathway, either as Rural Generalist Foundation Year trainees or into vacant advanced skills positions.

Rural Generalist Foundation Year positions will be advertised in September 2016. The majority of trainees are recruited to the NSW Rural Generalist Medical Training Program through Foundation Year positions.

Applications for the 2019 Rural Generalist Foundation Year open on 24 September 2018 and close on 19 October 2018.  Positions for the Rural Generalist Foundation Year are advertised on the homepage of this website.

To be kept informed of RG Foundation Year developments and timeframes, please register your interest by sending an email to


Allocation of Rural Generalist Foundation Year trainees to advanced skills training (AST) positions is undertaken in June each year.  Any subsequent vacancies for AST positions not already allocated are advertised as part of the NSW Junior Medical Officer Recruitment Campaign.

Vacant positions for 2019 will be advertised on the JMO eRecruit website from 19 July until 20 August 2018.

For further information refer here.