Specialist Training Program (STP)

RACS administers the program and the funding of eligible training positions on behalf of the Commonwealth.

The STP provides:

  • Annual Trainee salary support of $105,000 for training posts in expanded settings outside traditional public teaching hospitals. Expanded settings is defined as being either in a rural location or having a minimum 0.5 FTE private training component. STP salary support funding can only be used as a salary contribution for RACS Trainees allocated to the position.

  • Rural loading funding of up to $25,000 for Trainee expenses in regional, rural, and remote settings.

  • Private Infrastructure and Clinical Supervision (PICS) allowance of up to $30,000 per annum for clinical supervision in a private setting and private infrastructure.

For more information on the STP, please see the STP operational framework on the Department of Health website.

STP eligibility requirements

To be eligible to be considered for STP funding, a hospital position must:

  • be located in an ASGS RA 2-5 location (minimum 0.5 FTE); and/or

  • have a private training component (minimum 0.5 FTE); and

  • be newly accredited or undergoing accreditation by RACS; and

  • be a new position representing a genuine expansion of training (not previously filled or funded). 

The Department of Health runs Expression of Interest (EOI) rounds for hospitals to apply for STP funding. Applications for STP funding are currently closed.

RACS accreditation

Hospitals wishing to access STP funding must submit an accreditation application with the relevant Specialty Training Board, for 2022 accreditation, by the following dates. 

This may require hospitals to complete an accreditation submission before the funding application outcome is known. However, failure to apply for hospital accreditation will render the hospital ineligible to be considered for funding.


Closing dates


Cardiothoracic Surgery 31 March 2021 Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery
General Surgery 31 March 2021 General Surgeons Australia
Neurosurgery 1 March 2021 Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Orthopaedic Surgery 1 November 2020  Australian Orthopaedic Association
Paediatric Surgery 31 March 2021 Board of Paediatric Surgery
Urology 31 March 2021  Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand
Vascular Surgery 31 January 2021 Australian and New Zealand Society for Vascular Surgery

New Fellow Rural Placement pilot

RACS STP is pleased to announce that the New Fellow Rural Placement Pilot, which had its inaugural year in 2020, has been approved to continue in 2021.

After a short Expression of Interest round, the following four hospitals were successful in securing funding:

  • Royal Darwin Hospital - General Surgery (Position filled)
  • Cairns Hospital - Orthopaedic Surgery (Position filled)
  • Rockhampton Base Hospital - General Surgery (Position vacant)
  • Griffith Base Hospital - General Surgery (Position filled)

The aim of the pilot is to provide a New Fellow with a comprehensive, high quality experience in a rural location and to encourage them to consider working long-term in a rural setting.

Funding provided to each New Fellow on placement

STP funding Amount Description 
Salary support  $150,000   Salary support provides appropriate financial assistance to each New Fellow.
12-month relocation assistance  $30,000 This package assists the Fellow with personal expenses of moving to a regional area to work. This could cover moving costs, childcare, bills, rent etc. 
Professional development  $20,000 The professional development budget will provide financial support for flights, study materials, meals, accommodation and other associated expenses to attend courses within Australia.

In addition to the above, each hospital will provide a contribution to the overall funding package of at least $70,000, bringing the total package to $270,000.

The above initiative is funded by the Australian Department of Health.



Specialist Training Program (STP) office
Email: stp.admin@surgeons.org 
Phone +61 3 9249 1283

Please refer to the Department of Health website for further information about the STP.