RACGP Standards and guides

All Australian general practices, after hours services, medical deputising services and Aboriginal health services must meet the RACGP Standards for general practices to achieve accreditation.

There are also companion guides and associated resources that provide additional guidelines and information for practices undertaking, or considering, accreditation and quality assurance activities.

RACGP Standards and companion guides

The newly released 5th edition Standards and companion guides are now available to download from our website.

The RACGP Definition of General Practice Factsheet

The RACGP Standards for general practices (5th edition) – Updated March 2020

Changes to the RACGP Standards of General Practice (5th Edition) Factsheet Jan 2019

The RACGP Standards for after-hours and medical deputising services (5th edition)


The RACGP Factsheet – Definition of a clinical team for the purposes of accreditation

The RACGP Patient Feedback Guide

The Australian Open Disclosure Framework

RACGP Standards for general practices (5th edition) Frequently asked questions

The RACGP Infection prevention and control standards

The RACGP Information Security in General Practice

The RACGP Privacy and Managing Health Information in General Practice

The RACGP has provided the following 4th Edition resources for practices via their website:

The RACGP Standards for general practices (4th edition)

Interpretive Guide to the RACGP Standards for general practices (4th edition) for Aboriginal community controlled health services

The RACGP Compliance indicators for the Australian Privacy Principles

The RACGP Managing emergencies in general practice

The RACGP General Practice – A safe place guide

The RACGP Redbook Guidelines for preventive activities in general practice 9th edition

For the purpose of developing an emergency response tool for your practice, encompassing both contingency plans and business continuity plans, you may consider using the RACGP Emergency Response Planning Tool (ERPT). You can register your practice for access, or sign in if you are already using the tool. For more information, there is a Emergency Response Planning Tool ERPT information sheet available for your review.

Associated guidelines and resources

Approved Medical Deputising Service Program Guidelines 1 August 2020

AMDS Program Guidelines – Questions and Answers 1 August 2020

AMDS Program – Summary of Changes 1 August 2020

The Department of Health National Vaccine Storage Guidelines – Strive for 5  -3rd edition

ACSQHS – GP Accreditation – V2 Advisory GP1801 – Extensions to accreditation status – July 2019 – FINAL_0 (1)

ACSQHC- Advisory-GP18-02-Transferring accreditation between accrediting agencies

ACSQHC – Advisory-GP18-03-Physical relocation of a general practice to another premise

Advisory-GP18-04 – Notification of significant risk