Selection for SET

Last Updated: 19 July 2021

Trainees for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery are selected on a competitive basis. Strict eligibility criteria apply and are published annually on The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) website. The P&RS Regulations for Selection are subject to annual review, and are published on this page each November.

All enquiries must be sent in writing to

Notice of planned changes

Notice date: 18 March 2021
By 2023, the Board intends to exclude online Master of Surgery degrees as being creditworthy for selection points.

2021 Selection: Opens Feb 24th, 2021

Important Notices

19 July 2021: Training Agreement updated and published.

25 February & 8 March 2021: An error in the Referee Reporting template has been corrected.

23 February 2021: Published – interviewee declaration, interviewing guidelines, and referee contact sheet

26 November 2020: Regulations for 2021 are approved and published online.

Important changes for the 2021 selection round

  • The Clinical Examination (CE) is not a pre-requisite for the 2021 selection process (2022 intake). The Board has delayed the planned transition of the CE to be a pre-requisite for selection until 2022. i.e. the 2023 intake.
  • Relevant dates can be found in section 2.1.
  • Applicants will be limited to three eligible attempts (section 2.8). An “eligible attempt” is defined as an application that satisfies the Minimum Eligibility Requirements.
  • Referee Report will be conducted by remote interview (telephone or virtual). Carefully read section 6 of the Selection Regulations.
  • Valid referees nominations must not include current Board of PRS Members.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Selection Initiative

One training position is reserved to support selection opportunities for candidates who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (ATSI) and who reach the minimum standard for selection. Refer to section 4 of the Selection Regulations.

  • 2021 Selection Regulations for Selection into 2022 SET Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery program: Download
    (Previous year: 2020 Selection Regulations: Download)
  • 2021 Selection Referee Contact Details: Download (updated 8/3)
  • Interview Declaration: Download
  • Interview Guide for Candidates: Download
  • Training Agreement: Download (updated 19 July 2021)
  • Training Variation: Download

Key Dates for 2021

Selection Registration Opens (RACS) Wednesday 6 January 2021 12:00pm AEDT
Selection Registration Closes (RACS)Wednesday 3 February 2021 5:00pm AEDT
Selection Application Opens (ASPS)Wednesday 24 February 2021 12:00pm AEDT
Selection Application Closes (ASPS)Wednesday 24 March 2021 12:00pm AEDT
Referee ReportingApril through May 2021
InterviewsJune 2021
(subject to COVID-restrictions)
Latest Announcement of Offers DateMonday 26 July 2021
Last Date for OffersFriday 12 November 2021

Application Fee

All applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee which must be paid at the time of application.

The 2021 fee is $860.00 (in GST)

Support for Applicants

Should the SET application process raise difficulties for you or feeling that you do not know how to deal with, ASPS suggests you to seek out support and advice from these or other related organisations.

Beyond Blue support services:


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