Selection for Training

Updated: 23 July 2018

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


2018 Selection Information: For training commencing in 2019

Important Notices:

11 August 2017: Interview dates set
9 October 2017: The 2018 Selection Regulations are approved
31 October 2017: Interview date for Victoria changed
6 November 2017:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) selection initiative published

11 December 2017: Referee contact sheet published
27 February 2018: ATSI selection initiative explanation added to website
27 March 2018: Interview date for Victoria changed to 27 June 2018 (Selection Regulation 2.3.1 updated)
27 March 2018: Selection Regulation 2.5.8 updated to reflect correct reference.
1 June 2018: Interview offers made
8 June 2018: Support information added below
23 and 27 June 2018: Interviews conducted
23 July 2018: Announcement of offers made and outcome letters emailed


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Selection Initiative

In line with the Australian Medical Council’s accreditation standard 7.1.3, the RACS and the Australian Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (the Board) support selection opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (ATSI) selection candidates. The Board’s ATSI selection initiative requires ATSI candidates to reach interview and achieve a minimum standard to be eligible for the ATSI selection initiative. More information is available from RACS and in section 4 of the current Selection Regulations.


Related documents:

  • 2018 Selection Regulations for Selection into 2019 Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Education and Training: Download  (updated 23 March 2018)
  • 2018 Selection Referee Contact Details: Download
  • Training Agreement: Download

Previous year: 2017 Selection Regulations for Selection into 2018: Download


 Key Dates

  • Selection Registration Opened    Thursday 4 January 2018 12:00pm AEDT
  • Selection Registration Closed    Friday 2 February 2018 5:00pm AEDT
  • Selection Application Opens     Wednesday 28 February 2018 12:00pm AEDT
  • Selection Application Closes     Wednesday 28 March 2018 12:00pm AEDT
  • Referee Reporting Opens         Thursday 26 April 2018 AEST
  • Referee Reporting Closes       Wednesday 23 May 2018 5:00pm AEST
  • Interviews                                  Wed  20 June 27 June 2018 (Victoria), Sat 23 June 2018 (all regions except Victoria)
  • Announcement of Offers          Monday 23 July 2018

Application Processing Fee

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

The 2018 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 invites you to reach out to organisations with experience in support and advice.

Beyond Blue support services: