Specialist Training Program

The Australian Government Specialist Training Program (STP) is a Federal Government initiative to increase training posts for specialists outside traditional public teaching hospitals.

About the Specialist Training Program


The STP aims to:

  • Increase the capacity of the health workforce to train specialists by providing training that matches demand and reflects the way health services are delivered.

  • Develop an integrated series of accredited networked specialist-training arrangements focused on healthcare, through which trainees may rotate in the pursuit of specialist qualification.

  • Incorporate trainees into networks that are based on health service delivery requirements of a region with the education potential of training sites matched to the health service delivery inherent in increased availability of a specialist trainee workforce.

The Operational Framework applies to the entire STP, which includes three key initiatives:
  • Support of 900 training posts through the specialist medical colleges.

  • The new Integrated Rural Training Pipeline (IRTP) measure that will support 100 training posts by 2018, for more information on IRTP click here.

  • The Tasmanian Project that supports the employment of supervisors and trainees in the Tasmanian public health system. For more information on the Project click here

ANZCA currently has funding until February 2020 to manage STP-funded training positions nationally in anaesthesia and pain medicine.  ANZCA has been funded to manage the Specialist Training Program and the associated contracts for training posts in anaesthesia and pain medicine.



STP is an effective policy initiative to expand specialist training positions in non-traditional settings. By providing additional specialist training positions:

  • Trainees complete rotations without being delayed by insufficient training opportunities.

  • Trainees are given training opportunities not available in traditional public hospital settings, while fulfilling training requirements for fellowship.

  • Trainees gain experience and orientation to private work and rural practice.

  • The community has increased access to specialist services.

  • There is significant value to hospitals through an increased focus on teaching which is often associated with the provision of higher standards of care.

Funding Entitlements

STP – salary support

STP provides an annual trainee salary contribution.

Rural Support Loading (RSL)

RSL funding is available to supplement the additional costs incurred by STP trainees located in regional and remote Australia, with an Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Areas (ASGS-RA) status of two to five. To check ASGS-RA classification can be determined on the DoH Doctor Connect website.
For information on how RSL funding can be spent and what the payment process is, view the college's RSL guidelines.

Private Infrastructure and Clinical Supervision (PICS)

PICS allowance is available to provide funding for activities associated with clinical supervision and infrastructure for private sector training posts. Eligible posts will be contacted in writing by the Department of Health. 
For information on how PICS funding can be spent and what the payment process is, view the college's PICS guidelines.


Trainee Consent
STP Initial Trainee Details
STP Progress Report
PICS Reporting
RSL Reporting


Expression of Interest (EOI) for the Reserve List

The latest round of EOI is now closed. 
Please see the Department of Health’s webpage for more information.

Further Information

Additional information on STP can be found at:
Department of Health Specialist Training Program
Or contact the STP team on +61 3 9510 6299 or stp@anzca.edu.au

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