How to apply

Applications for the Independent Pathway are currently closed. The information below is provided to prospective applicants for the next intake of the Independent Pathway. Successful applicants in the next intake will start their training in July 2019.

Express interest in the Independent Pathway

Steps to applying

To be successful in the selection process and applying for the Independent Pathway, applicants are required to complete the following steps.

  1. Provisional RPL application and RPL fee payable
  2. Online application and application fee payable
  3. ACRRM written submission
  4. Referee reports
  5. Multiple Mini Interviews (only shortlisted candidates will be interviewed)

Eligibility for ACRRM’s Independent Pathway

To qualify for entry into the Independent Pathway, applicants must be eligible in all of these components.

Recognition of Prior Learning

If you’re planning on applying to the Independent Pathway, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the first step in your application. You’ll need to create an account or login to an existing account to start your RPL application.

A provisional RPL application must be completed before you apply for a position on the Independent Pathway. Your provisional RPL application provides you with an indication of what prior learning you will be awarded. Find out more about RPL.

The outcome of this application is finalised during the Independent Pathway application process. RPL will only be awarded with supporting evidence being provided at the time of the RPL application submission.

Written submission

All applicants are required to complete a written submission. The written submission consists of five (5) questions that directly relate to the selection criteria below. You can prepare for your written submission by considering the selection criteria and how your interests and experience relate to each of the criteria.

Selection criteria

ACRRM selects candidates for the Independent Pathway based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment to a career as a specialist general practitioner working in rural or remote Australia
  • Demonstrated capacity and motivation to acquire abilities, skills and knowledge in the ACRRM domains of practice
  • Demonstrated connection with rural communities
  • Demonstrated commitment to meeting the needs of rural and remote communities through an extended scope of practice
  • Possesses the personal characteristics associated with a successful career in rural or remote practice.

Prior to submission of your application, you should consider these criteria and how your interests and experience relate to each criterion. Each criterion will be considered throughout the selection process.