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Specialist Training Program (STP)
RACS supports 65 full time equivalent (FTE) Surgical Education and Training (SET) positions (posts) through Salary Support and where applicable the Rural Support Loading, Private Infrastructure and Clinical Supervision Funding.
|STP Funding||Amount*||Funding Description|
|Trainee salary support||$105,000||
Annual Trainee salary support of up to $105,000 (per 1 FTE) per annum per training post.
|Rural Support Loading||$25,000||A rural loading allowance of up to $25,000 (per 1 FTE) per annum per training post to support additional costs in hosting a trainee in regional, rural, and remote (MMM 2 – 7) settings.|
|Private Infrastructure and Clinical Supervision (PICS)||$30,000||A Private Infrastructure and Clinical Supervision (PICS) allowance of up to $30,000 (per 1 FTE) per annum per training post to support the delivery of STP in Private facilities.|
*Amounts listed are full allowances for 1 FTE per year per post/position.
STP eligibility requirements
Rural: The training position must be located in an MMM 2 – 7 location (minimum of 0.5 FTE).
Private: The training position is to take place in a private setting or rotate through a private setting (minimum of 0.5 FTE).
Expansion of Training
Must be a new position representing a genuine expansion of training in the RACS Surgical and Education Training (SET) Program and has not been previously filled or funded.
|RACS Training Post Accreditation||To be eligible for STP funding, training positions must be newly accredited or on the pathway to being accredited by the relevant RACS Specialty Training Board.
For more information regarding Training Post Accreditation at RACS, visit the RACS Training Post Accreditation or contact your Specialty Training Board.
Must be a post in an eligible specialty:
The following specialities are currently ineligible; however, consideration may be given in individualised circumstances, please contact the STP Admin team to discuss:
|Support||The new post must be supported by RACS, your Specialty Training Board and the State Health Jurisdiction.|
Download the STP Eligibility Checker (PDF 67.08KB) to check your training position's eligibility.
How to Apply for STP Funding
The New Post Process is the only mechanism through which new posts can be approved for funding under the STP.
The New Post Process is held annually over a 16-week period, consisting of a 4-week application period and a 12-week assessment period. The Department of Health manages ‘the Process’ and is the final approving authority to determine an application’s suitability with no avenue to appeal.
Applications will only be accepted through the Department of Health's online portal.
Download the New Post Process Factsheet (PDF 357.95KB) for more information.
New Post Process: 2022 round
|Application Period (4-weeks)||
Opens: Tuesday 19 April 2022, 9am AEST
Closes: Friday 13 May 2022, 5pm AEST
|Assessment Process (12-weeks)||From May 2022|
|Outcomes Released||From August 2022|
To register your interest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RACS supports 8.4 FTE supervisor and training posts across Royal Hobart Hospital and Launceston General Hospital. Funding under the Tasmanian Project supports the training and retention of specialist doctors in the Tasmanian public health system.
STP Support Projects and Initiatives
For more information on the STP, please see visit the Department of Health website.
Guidelines, Forms and Resources
- STP Eligibility Checker (PDF 67.08KB)
- New Post Process Factsheet (PDF 357.93KB)
- STP Consent Form (PDF 457.01KB)
- Rural Support Loading (RSL) Guidelines (PDF 866.24KB)
- Private Infrastructure and Clinical Supervision (PICS) Guidelines (PDF 872.02KB)
- Planned Infrastructure Expenditure Form (Coming Soon)
- The Department of Health, 2022 - 2025 STP Operational Framework
- The Department of Health, National Medical Workforce Strategy 2021 - 2031
- The Department of Health, Health Workforce Locator
- RACS Rural Health Equity Strategic Action Plan
Specialist Training Program (STP) office
Phone +61 3 9249 1283