James Cook University (JCU) General Practice and Rural Medicine strongly encourages registrars to remain in one region of choice for the duration of their training. This allows registrars to build up a local patient base, provide continuity of care to the community, get to know the local services and referral pathways, and successfully prepare for college assessments.

Registrars should be aware that in some cases the college policies or training post accreditation may dictate a regional move. Examples of these include the RACGP's diversity requirement and ACRRM's placement requirements.

You can find information on accredited training posts, community information and other helpful information to assist you in making an informed decision in preferencing your training locations via the below resources.

Successful applicants receive a Training Offer to train in the northern and regional Queensland training region via the RACGP’s Training Management Systems (TMS).  Once accepted, the TMS provides access to the onboarding module.

Registrars must complete the onboarding and induction modules and upload evidence of their hospital training before the specified deadline.

JCU General Practice and Rural Medicine will contact registrars to schedule an Induction Training Advisor Meeting with a JCU General Practice and Rural Medicine staff member and/or Medical Educator.  During this Zoom meeting, registrars’ experience is reviewed to determine whether they meet the RACGP mandatory hospital term requirements and to determine their eligibility to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning and Experience (RPLE).

Registrars are required to complete the placement confirmation survey in the TMS every semester.  GP-ready registrars are asked to preference the NWQ training regions they would like to be considered for their GP terms from 1-10.  They can provide details of their connections to the regions they have preferenced, their training plans and other specific training requirements. They can also upload supporting evidence if they need to be allocated to a particular training region, for example custody orders.

JCU’s General Practice and Rural Medicine team meets to allocate registrars to training regions taking into account the information supplied in the Induction Training Advisor meeting, TMS placement confirmation survey, training post capacity survey and the health needs of our communities. Although the team makes every effort to do so, it is not always possible to allocate registrars to their preferred region. This is for several reasons including training post capacity, supervisor availability, training post requirements set by ACRRM and RACGP, and the importance that we give to distributing registrars evenly and fairly across the entire NWQ training region, with priority given to areas with greater health needs.

Once a registrar is allocated to a training region, the local team will match them with two suitable practices to interview at for a placement and initiate the placement application in the TMS.

The practice schedules an interview using the TMS and offer a placement to one registrar via the TMS.  Registrars can choose to accept or decline an offer. Following this process, if there are no suitable available training posts in the allocated region, registrars may be offered interviews in other NWQ training regions.

Key dates: 2024 1st Intake and GP Placements

Wednesday, 26 July 2023

Multiple Mini Interview Day 1

Thursday, 3 August 2023

Multiple Mini Interview Day 2

Friday, 4 August 2023

Multiple Mini Interview Day 3

Friday, 11 August 2023

2024 1st Intake RACGP offers distributed via TMS*

By 12pm Friday, 18 August 2023

Training Offer acceptance deadline

By Monday, 21 August 2023

2024 Cohort complete TMS Onboarding Module once offer accepted in TMS

By Friday, 25 August 2023

2024 Cohort complete TMS Induction Module & upload hospital training evidence

Monday, 4 September 2023 – Wednesday, 6 September 2023

2024 1st Intake Induction Training Advisor Meetings

Monday, 11 September 2023

Practice training capacity surveys opens

Tuesday, 26 September 2023

Registrar placement confirmation survey opens

Tuesday, 3 October 2023

Practice training capacity and registrar placement confirmation surveys close

Friday, 13 October 2023

Region allocation letters distributed

Monday, 16 October 2023

Friday, 20 October 2023

Local training region placement interview matching

Local teams initiate 2 placement applications for each registrar in TMS

Monday, 23 October 2023 –

Friday, 10 November 2023

Placement interviews take place (3 weeks)

Friday, 1 December 2023

Offers, acceptances, practice agreements, placements completed in TMS & Medicare Provider Number deadline

Hospital training evidence:

  • A Statement of Service (confirmation of service) for all Australian / New Zealand hospital work completed, including Internship,
  • End of Term Assessments for hospital training,
  • Current CV,
  • Proof of the date General Registration was granted – an email from AHPRA advising the application was approved,

If you have any questions about the key dates, please contact the Registrar Movements team via email

Through a robust Fellowship training and education program, ACRRM is committed to providing the right doctors in the right places with the right skills to ensure rural and remote communities have access to high-quality healthcare.

The ACRRM placement process occurs every six months. Supporting this, the College provides registrars with quality training placements in regional, rural and remote communities throughout Australia. Registrars can choose to embark on a range of placements to meet their training requirements or undertake long-term training placements to establish themselves in their community.

The opportunities are plentiful, and in every placement, ACRRM will ensure registrars are supported by their regional team of supervisors, registrar liaison officers, training network coordinators and training officers.

Training posts can also be confident they have access to registrars committed to working in rural and remote locations and can rely on ACRRM to assist with their accreditation requirements.

To find out more, please visit the ACRRM website.

ACRRM placement timeline

Key dates: 2024.1 Placement Key Dates

Please note: ACRRM placements dates are subject to change.

Monday 4 - Sunday 24 September
(3 Week)

Training Post Capacity Collection Survey Open

Monday 11 - Sunday 24 September 2023
(2 Week)

Registrar Placement Questionnaire Open

By Thursday 12 October 2023Training Post Capacity Release
Monday 16 – Sunday 22 October 2023
(1 Week) 
Placement Applications/Interviews commence for Registrars and Training Posts 
Offer Hiatus Period – No offers can be made
Monday, 23 October 2023
  • Training Posts can commence making offers
  • Placement Applications/Interviews continues for Registrars and Training Posts
  • Placement Confirmations/Medicare process commence
Friday, 24 November 2023
Medicare Provider Number Deadline

For more information visit Frequently Asked Questions