Selection for Training

Updated: 5 April 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

2019 Selection Information: For training commencing in 2020

Important Notices:

Applications for selection are open!

Contact if you’re eligible to apply for instructions to access to the application platform.

20 September 2018: Selection timelines published – see below.
8 October: RACS Clinical Examination transitions to a minimum eligibility requirement for the 2021 selection round.
29 October: RACS Censor in Chief has approved an extension to the publication deadline of 1 November for next year’s selection regulations. The approved regulations will be published as soon as possible.
13 November:  The 2019 Selection Regulations were approved on 12 Nov. 2018. Published below!
15 February 2019: Eligible candidates were emailed notification of their eligibility to apply for selection.
22 February: 2019 Selection Referee Contact spreadsheet published (see below to download).
27 February: Applications for selection are open!
15 March: Scheduled maintenance planned for 6:30am-8:30am AEDT  on Sunday 17 March. Applications will not be accessible during this time.
5 April: Interview dates announced.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Selection Initiative

One training position will be reserved to support selection opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (ATSI) selection candidates in 2019. Such a candidate must achieve the minimum standard for selection. More information is available from RACS and in section 4 of the current Selection Regulations. (Also refer to the Australian Medical Council’s accreditation standard 7.1.3.)

 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:

  • 2019 Selection Regulations for Selection into 2020 Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery SET: Download
    (Previous year: 2018 Selection Regulations for Selection into 2019: Download)
  • 2019 Selection Referee Contact Details: Download
  • Training Agreement: Download


 Key Dates for 2019

  • Selection Registration Opened    Friday 4 January 2019 12:00pm AEDT
  • Selection Registration Closed    Friday 1 February 2019 5:00pm AEDT
  • Selection Application Opens     Wednesday 27 February 2019 12:00pm AEDT
  • Selection Application Closes     Wednesday 27 March 2019 12:00pm AEDT
  • Referee Reporting Opens         Wednesday 24 April 2019 AEST
  • Referee Reporting Closes       Wednesday 22 May 2019 5:00pm AEST
  • Interviews                                  *22 June 2019 (all except Vic. candidates) / 26 June 2019 (Vic. candidates)
  • Announcement of Offers          Monday 22 July 2019

* The June 2019 RACS Clinical Examination date clashes with one of the selection interview dates being Saturday 22 June 2019. The CE is not a prerequisite for selection in 2019.

Application Processing Fee

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

The 2019 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: