Selection for Training


Updated: 20 November 2019

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

2020 Selection Information: For training commencing in 2021

Important Notices:

Contact with all inquiries or further information.

20 November 2019: The approved Selection Regulations for 2020 are published.  See download link below.

Important changes to the 2020 selection regulations

  • Relevant dates can be found in section 2.1.
  • Commencing in 2020, applicants will be limited to three eligible attempts (section 2.8). An “eligible attempt” is defined as an application that qualifies as having met the Minimum Requirements. Attempts made prior to 2020, will not count towards the limit. Feedback to applicants will include the number of remaining attempts.
  • Research presentations (oral or poster) are restricted to the last five years.
  • Educational qualifications must be aligned to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
  • Referee Report feedback will be conducted by telephone interview.  ASPS recommends applicants carefully read sections 6.3.1 through 6.21.

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.

 RACS Clinical Examination – future minimum eligibility requirement

In 2021 (for the 2022 intake), the RACS Clinical Examination will become a minimum eligibility requirement for selection into Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Contact RACS Examination Department for more information on examination dates, locations and costs.

Related documents:

  • 2020 Selection Regulations for Selection into 2021 Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery SET: Download
    (Previous year: 2019 Selection Regulations for Selection into 2020: Download)
  • 2020 Selection Referee Contact Details: Download
  • Training Agreement: Download

 Key Dates for 2020

Selection Registration Opens Monday 6 January 2020 12:00pm AEDT
Selection Registration Closes Monday 3 February 2020 5:00pm AEDT
Selection Application Opens Wednesday 26 February 2020 12:00pm AEDT
Selection Application Closes Wednesday 25 March 2020 12:00pm AEDT
Referee Reporting Opens Wednesday 22 April 2020 AEST
Referee Reporting Closes Wednesday 20 May 2020 5:00pm AEST
Interviews Saturday 20 June 2020 (All regions except Vic.)
Wednesday 24 June 2020 (Vic. only)
Announcement of offers (Australia) Monday 27 July 2020
Last Date for OffersFriday 13 November 2020

Application Processing Fee

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

The 2020 fee is $828.00 (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: