Selection for Training


Updated: 24 March 2020

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: POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19

Important Notice:

A message from the Board Chair, William Blake FRACS

24 March 2020

Dear Selection Applicants

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has decided to suspend all applications for selection into specialty surgical training programs until further notice.

The current selection process will close with immediate effect. Any candidates who has already paid the ASPS application fee will be refunded accordingly.

Please contact Jennifer Nesini  in a couple weeks if the refund has not been remitted.
Yours sincerely

Mr William Blake FRACS
National Chair
Australian Board of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery


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 selection regulations in 2020

  • 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 Eligibility 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 (5.8.8.).
  • Meeting creditworthiness is restricted to attendance in 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.
  • Valid referees nominations exclude Board Members. Review the list of Board Members here.

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

All activities are postponed.

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).  All applicants will be refunded the selection fee.

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: