Specialist Training Program (STP)
The Specialist Training Program (STP or Program) is an
Australian Commonwealth Government initiative designed to extend
vocational training for specialist registrars to a range of
settings beyond traditional metropolitan teaching hospitals, with
an emphasis on training in regional, rural and remote areas, and
private facilities, and to improve the quality and distribution of
the future specialist workforce.
The STP provides:
- Annual trainee salary support
of $102,500 in 2018 and $105,000 in 2019 and 2020 for training
posts in expanded settings outside traditional public teaching
hospitals. STP salary support funding can only be used as a salary
contribution for RACS trainees allocated to the
- Rural Loading funding of up
to $22,500 in 2018 and $25,000 in 2019 and 2020 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
RACS administers the Program and the funding of eligible
training positions on behalf of the Commonwealth.
For more information on STP, please see the STP Operational Framework on the Department of
STP Expression of Interest (EOI) - funding for new
An EOI process to identify new STP positions was held in March
2018 and has now closed. The EOI submissions were assessed by
Jurisdictions and RACS against the STP Operational and Priority
Framework. The Commonwealth Department of Health has determined a
list of suitable positions based on this assessment. Hospital
settings who submitted an STP application have now been advised of
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 department. Only settings who are accredited
for training by the relevant Specialty Training Board will be
eligible to be allocated a SET trainee and receive STP funding.
Should the Department of Health announce any future EOI
processes for new STP positions, this will be communicated with
hospitals and training boards, and advertised via RACS
communication and social media channels.
STP Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible to be considered for STP funding, a hospital
- be located in Australian Statistical
Geography Standard - Remoteness Areas 2-5; or
- have a private training
- be accredited or undergoing
accreditation by RACS; and
- be supported by the RACS and
state health jurisdiction;
- be allocated a trainee for 2019;
- 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
Due to the Department of Health workforce considerations,
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology Head and Neck
Surgery (OHNS) positions are excluded from future
EOI funding rounds.
Hospitals wishing to access STP funding MUST submit an
accreditation application with the relevant SET Board. It is
recommended that hospitals commence this process prior to applying
for STP funding. The relevant contact details and deadlines for
hospital accreditation submissions for new 2020 training positions
are provided in the table below:
Training Projects Department
Phone +61 3 9276 7467
Please refer to the Department of Health
website for further information about STP.