Australian General Practice Training Program - Fact Sheet for New and Existing Registrars

The Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program is a Commonwealth funded training program which allows participant GP Registrars to access Medicare benefits while they work towards Fellowship of either the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP and FARGP) and/or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM). Regional Training Organisations (RTOs) are responsible for administering the program on behalf of the Department. Please refer to the AGPT website for a list of RTOs.

The following will assist GP Registrars with applying for a Medicare Provider Number (MPN). Overseas trained doctors or foreign graduates of an accredited medical school may be subject to S19AB of the Health Insurance Act 1973(the HIA). For more information on this requirement please refer to the AGPT Handbook (page 9 and 10 ) or visit http://www.doctorconnect.gov.au/

Medicare Provider Number (MPN) Application Process

You require an MPN and written confirmation you can access Medicare benefits prior to performing the following functions while undertaking your training placement:
  • Submitting a Medicare claim for your services or have claims made on your behalf by your employer or patients;
  • referring your patients to other specialists through the Medicare system; and
  • requesting services on behalf of your patients.

It is YOUR responsibility to apply for a provider number when submitting your initial training application placement form.

This is my first time applying for a Medicare Provider number

If you do not have a MPN you will need to complete the first page of the AGPT Program placement form and submit it to your RTO. You will also need to complete an ‘Application for an Initial Medicare Provider Number’. After you have completed this, the process you must undertake for subsequent training placements will depend on whether or not you are subject to S19AB

I already have a Medicare Provider number

If you currently have a MPN or have been issued one in the past, you will need to complete both pages of the AGPT Program placement form and submit this to your RTO.

I am an OTD who is subject to S19AB

Before you commence a new training placement you will need to complete both pages of the AGPT Program application form to be issued with a new MPN.

I am not subject to S19AB

You will only need to complete both pages of the AGPT Program application form at the initial stage of your application process or when you change practice locations.

Making a Correct MPN Application

Subject to S19AB
Not subject to S19AB
Initial (no previous MPN before joining AGPT Program)Complete page 1 of the AGPT Program placement form and submit to your RTO
For a Medicare provider number, click on this link, complete form and submit to Medicare. http://www.humanservices.gov.au/health-professionals/forms/hw019
Complete page 1 of the AGPT Program placement form and submit to your RTO
For a Medicare provider number, click on this link, complete form and submit to Medicare. http://www.humanservices.gov.au/health-professionals/forms/hw019
RenewalComplete both pages of the AGTP Program placement form for each new training placement and submit to your RTO (as above).Complete page 1 of AGPT Program placement form and page 2 if relocating to a new practicesubmit to your RTO.
After successful completion of programKeep your Medicare provider number status valid by clicking this link and submitting directly to Medicare:http://www.humanservices.gov.au/health-professionals/forms/hw062Keep your Medicare provider number status valid by clicking this link and submitting directly to Medicare:http://www.humanservices.gov.au/health-professionals/forms/hw062

Separation from the AGPT Program

Your MPN, granted during the course of the AGPT Program, is only valid for your training placement. You must make a new provider number application if you stay at the location of your placement when you complete your general practice training. Remember when you make an application you must not claim a Medicare benefit until you receive confirmation of your eligibility in writing.

The ‘Application for an Additional location Medicare Provider Number’ form is to be completed and is available from the DHS website.

Provider numbers are valid for specific locations and it is YOUR responsibility to make sure you have applied for, and been granted, a provider number before providing any services for which you claim a Medicare benefit.

Please note: Dual fellowship registrars can obtain fellowship from the RACGP, however they may continue as an ACRRM registrar on the AGPT Program. In this case they must not apply for Vocational Recognition with Medicare until attaining Fellowship of both colleges.

If you separate from the AGPT Program without obtaining Fellowship, you will need to seek advice regarding your eligibility for a MPN by contacting Health at: 19AA@health.gov.au