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
STP Expression of Interest (EOI) - funding for new 2019
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
- Private Infrastructure and
Clinical Supervision (PICS) allowance, of up to $30,000 per annum
for clinical supervision in a private setting and private
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
Please Note: Due to the Department of Health workforce
considerations, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
and Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (OHNS)
excluded from this EOI funding round.
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).
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
- the training is to take place in
a private setting or rotate through a private setting;
- the training position is not a Plastic
and Reconstructive Surgery position or
- 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
Phone +61 3 9249 1243
Please refer to the Department of Health
website for further information about STP.