Surgical Education and Training (SET) Policies and Regulations

Policies for SET

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has the overall responsibility for the training, education and accreditation of surgeons in Australia and New Zealand and is responsible for the determination of general standards in these areas.

RACS has been accredited by the Australian Medical Council to deliver specialist medical education and training for surgery in Australia. RACS produces principle-based policies for surgical training.

RACS SET Principle Based Policies

PRS Regulations

The Board develops specialty-specific regulations for SET in PRS, based on the College principle-based policies. Published Training Regulations have been approved by RACS.

The Training Handbook compliments RACS Policies and Board Training Regulations.

All queries regarding the PRS SET training program requirements may be directed to the ASPS Education and Training Unit by email:

Below are a list of approved regulations followed by draft amendments and new draft training regulations.

List of Training Regulations

Approved Training Regulations for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

In early 2022 the Training Board finalised changes to its training regulation framework enabling the implementation of competency based medical education (an Australian Medical Council accreditation standard). A copy of each regulation can be downloaded below:

Training Regulation:
Assessment of Clinical Training
(Version 7)
Training Regulation:
Dismissal from SET
(Version 1)
Training Regulation:
Recognition of Prior Learning
(Version 3)
Training Regulation:
Research during SET
(Version 6)
Training Regulation:
Surgical Supervision
(Version 5)
Training Regulation:
Trainee Misconduct
(Version 4)
Training Regulation:
Training Requirements and Progression
(Version 2)
Training Regulation:
Transitioning Arrangements
(Version 1)
Training Regulation:
Variation to Training
(Version 7)
Download the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Graduate Outcomes
Training Regulation:
Training Agreement
(Version 5)

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