There are three opportunities for candidates to engage with the VRGP

1) Expression of Interest

Potential trainees who aspire to a career as a Rural Generalist (including medical students) can submit an online Expression of Interest to the VRGP. The VRGP team will make contact with you to further explore your interest.

2) Direct Entry RG1

Potential trainees can enter the VRGP as a RG1 (Intern). There are RG1 positions located across rural Victoria. Potential trainees seeking entry to the program as a RG1 are required to meet the selection criteria. Applications for Direct Entry into RG1 are made through the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV) Victorian Rural Preferential Allocation (VRPA) as a part of the Victorian Intern Match.

3) Lateral Entry

Potential trainees can enter the VRGP through lateral entry at the following stages:

  • RG2 (PGY2)
  • RG Advanced
  • Primary Care terms while training towards GP/RG fellowship
  • Existing FRACGP who wish to obtain the FARGP

Candidates seeking entry to the program are required to meet the selection criteria. Places for Lateral Entry may be limited by post availability.

RG1 Timeline 2022

TimelineKey Dates
Registration opens9 May - 10am
Registration closes9 June - 5pm
Video interviews (this will be the only form of assessment)10 June 10am - 12 June 5pm
Final day to reorder preferences or withdraw3 July - 5pm
VRPA (RG1) Results Published18 July

RG2 Pre-Match Timeline 2022

TimelineKey Dates
Pre-Match opens18 April
Discussions, offers and contracts to candidates23 May - 17 June
Pre-Match closes17 June
Unsuccessful candidates can apply to the HMO2 MatchTBA

RG Advanced Match 2022

TimelineKey Dates
Match Applications Open2 May
Match Applications Close19 May
Video Interviews20 May 10am - 22 May 5pm
Health Service assessment30 May to 3 June
Offers published1 July 10am

Victorian Rural Medical Scholarship Scheme


The department funds the Victorian Rural Medical Scholarship (VRMS) to assist medical students, with a commitment to working in rural and regional Victoria, with living and tertiary expenses. The scholarship supports career pathways to rural medical practice. The VRMS is administered by the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV) on behalf of the department. Students must have enrolled in the VRPA and only preference rural Health Services for the Intern Match.

How to apply

Applications for VRMS are part of the Intern Match.