Specialist Training Program


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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 70 STP positions across 8 specialties. Each position has been accredited for training by the relevant RACS Specialty Board.


STP Expression of Interest (EOI) - funding for new 2019 positions

The Department of Health has announced that a new EOI process for STP positions in March 2018 (for 2019 positions) will commence at 9am (AEDT) on Tuesday 13 March 2018, closing at 5pm (AEDT) on Monday 9 April 2018.

The STP Provides:

  • Annual trainee salary support of $102,500 for training positions in expanded settings outside traditional public teaching hospitals.
  • Rural Support Loading (RSL) of up to $22,500 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.

STP Eligibility Requirements

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

  • be located in Australian Statistical Geography Standard - Remoteness Areas 2-5; or
  • have a private training component; and
  • be accredited or undergoing accreditation by RACS; and
  • be supported by the RACS and state health jurisdiction;
  • be allocated a trainee for 2019; and
  • be a new position representing a genuine expansion of training (not previously filled, or funded). This could be an additional position at an existing accredited teaching hospital.

Please Note: Due to the Department of Health workforce considerations, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (OHNS) positions are excluded from this EOI funding round.


RACS Accreditation

Hospitals wishing to access STP funding MUST submit an accreditation application with the relevant SET Board by the following dates; which is prior to when the EOI outcome will be confirmed (likely to be June 2018).


Accreditation Deadline


General Surgery

31 March 2018

General Surgeons Australia

Orthopaedic Surgery

1 October 2018 for 2020 positions.

(accreditation/funding not available for 2019 positions)

Australian Orthopaedic Association


13 April 2018

Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand


22  April 2018

Neurosurgical Society of Australasia

Vascular Surgery

2 April 2018

Australian and New Zealand Society for Vascular Surgery
(refer to 'contact us')

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Please contact the Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery as soon as possible

Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Paediatric Surgery

Please contact the Board of Paediatric Surgery as soon as possible

Board of Paediatric Surgery

It is recognised that this requires hospitals to complete an accreditation submission without guarantee of funding. However failure to do this will render the hospital ineligible to be considered for funding.

STP Funding Application Checklist

  • the training position you are applying for funding for is located in an ASGS RA 2-5 geographical location; OR
  • the training is to take place in a private setting or rotate through a private setting; AND
  • the training position is not a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery position or OHNS position.
  • the training position is accredited or has applied for accreditation through the relevant RACS Training Board.
  • the Expression of Interest is submitted via the DOH website prior to Monday 9 April 2018.


Training Projects Department

Email: stp.admin@surgeons.org 

Phone +61 3 9249 1243

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