RVTS has two streams of trainees:
- The Remote Stream for doctors working in rural & remote Australia
- The AMS Stream providing support specifically for registrars in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services
It also has its Targeted Recruitment program. More information on that is available here
What are the eligibility criteria to train with RVTS?
Eligibility criteria for both the Remote Stream and the AMS Stream are available here.
When do applications for the next intake open?
How does the RVTS program fit in with the Australian GP Training Program (AGPT)?
The Remote Vocational Training Scheme is similar to the Australian General Practice Training Program (AGPT) in that it provides vocational training towards Fellowship of both ACRRM and RACGP. Doctors training with RVTS are able to access Medicare's A1 rebates.
Doctors who under their current arrangements would be unable to train with the AGPT may be able to train through RVTS under distance supervision arrangements. Click to view information about training with RVTS .
Do I have to move to different locations during my training?
Doctors must already be working in an eligible location to apply for training with RVTS. There is no requirement for a doctor to move from that location to undertake their training. Doctors training with RVTS must continue to work in an eligible location for the majority of their training. Advanced skills training (eg anaesthetics, obstetrics and surgery etc) may require a doctor to move to a regional centre for 12 months to gain appropriate training within a teaching hospital.
Does RVTS place registrars in training locations?
RVTS does not place registrars. Doctors must already be working in an eligible location to apply for training with RVTS.
Does RVTS provide a list of eligible training locations?
RVTS does not provide a list of eligible locations. It is up to an applicant to determine their elibility to apply for the program. Full details of eligibility for each stream are available on the Eligibility Criteria page.
Does RVTS train towards Fellowship of ACRRM or RACGP?
The Remote Vocational Training Scheme provides vocational training towards Fellowship of both ACRRM and RACGP.
How much does it cost to join the RVTS program?
Training with RVTS is funded by the Commonwealth. It is limited to an intake of 22 doctors per year into the Remote Stream, and 10 doctors per year into the AMS Stream.
Can I get Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?
The Remote Vocational Training Scheme provides vocational training towards Fellowship of both ACRRM and RACGP. Doctors can apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL) to either or both Colleges. RPL applications are submitted to RVTS for review prior to RVTS submitting the application to the relevant College.
How long will it take for me to train with RVTS?
The RVTS is a three to four year training program. Fellowship of RACGP requires 3 years of full time training. Fellowship of ACRRM requires 4 years of full time training. Recognition of prior learning is determined on an individual basis and may shorten training time.
At what stage in my training can I undertake assessment?
Registrars are eligible to sit exams after 12 months of being on the RVTS program.
How do I apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?
The Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) application process and outcomes are detailed in the relevant RACGP and ACRRM policies and guidance documents below.
RACGP Recognition of Prior Learning Policy
RACGP Recognition of Prior Learning Application Process
ACRRM Recognition of Prior Learning Application