Selection for Training

Updated: 26 July 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 closed

Contact for further information.

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 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 June/July 2020
Announcement of Offers
New ZealandWednesday 1 July 2020
Australia (including bi-national programs) 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 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: