STP and IRTP Expression of Interest (EOI)
An EOI process was conducted in November 2016 to identify new
STP (Specialist Training Program) and IRTP (Integrated Rural
Training Pipeline) positions. The EOI submissions were assessed by
Jurisdictions and RACS against the STP Operational and Priority
Framework and the IRTP objectives. The Commonwealth Department of
Health determined a list of suitable positions based on this
assessment. Hospital settings who submitted an STP or IRTP
application have now been advised of the outcome. The settings that
were assessed as suitable for training will be placed on the STP
reserve list to be managed by RACS in consultation with the
Specialist Training Program (STP)
The STP is a Commonwealth Government initiative designed to
provide opportunities for medical specialist trainees to rotate
through an expanded range of settings beyond traditional public
teaching hospitals, with an emphasis on training in rural areas and
in private settings.
RACS manages the funding of 73 STP positions across 8
specialties. Each position has been accredited by the relevant
Specialty Board and meets RACS accreditation criteria.
Integrated Rural Training Pipeline (IRTP) - General
The IRTP is a targeted expansion of the Commonwealth Government
Specialist Training Program (STP), which aims to help retain
medical graduates in rural areas by better co-ordinating the
different stages of training within regions, and better funding new
places to help meet student demand. RACS has been allocated a
minimum of four IRTP posts for 2018. The Government requires that
IRTP-funded positions are occupied by trainees who spend a minimum
of 66% of their SET program in a rural location (Australian
Standard Geographical Classification - Remoteness Areas 2-5) and
demonstrate a genuine commitment to working in a rural area at the
completion of their training. Due to this requirement, the IRTP is
only applicable to the specialty of General Surgery.
STP / IRTP Funding Amount
Commonwealth funding is provided to successful facilities at a
level of $100,000 (ex GST) per FTE for each RACS accredited
training post. Posts in rural locations may also be provided with
rural loadings of up to $20,000 (ex GST) per FTE. It should be
noted that this program provides a funding contribution towards an
accredited training position and does represent complete cost
To be eligible to be considered for STP funding, a hospital
- be located in Australia
- be accredited for Surgical Training or undergoing
accreditation by RACS.
- be allocated a SET trainee.
- be a new post representing a genuine expansion of training (not
previously filled, or funded).
- be supported by the relevant Jurisdiction.
Additional IRTP Funding Criteria
In addition to the above requirements, IRTP-funded positions
Contact and Information
For further information please refer to the Department of Health STP
website, or contact the RACS Training Projects Department via
email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone +61 3 9249 1243.