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.
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 2020
The Department of Health has announced that an Expression of
Interest (EOI) process for NEW STP positions for
2020 will open from 9am (AEDT) Wednesday 17 October
2018 closing at 5pm (AEDT) Tuesday 20 November
2018. This EOI process is managed by the Department of
Health and not RACS and may be accessed here from the opening
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
Rural Loading funding of up to $25,000 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 minimum 0.5 FTE
private training component*; and
be newly accredited or undergoing
accreditation by RACS; and
be supported by the RACS and
state health jurisdiction;
be allocated a trainee for 2020;
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.
*Only posts representing a minimum of 0.5 FTE in these
settings will be eligible to lodge an EOI.
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.
Hospitals wishing to access STP funding MUST submit an
accreditation application with the relevant SET Board by the
following dates. It is recognised that 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.
Specialist Training Program (STP) Office
Phone +61 3 9276 7467
Please refer to the Department of Health
website for further information about STP.