Specialist Training Program

Training funding EOI online portal closed.

The Australian government expression of interest (EOI) online portal closed on Wednesday November 30, 2016. The process enabled training sites to express an interest for the Integrated Rural Training Pipeline (IRTP) initiative and the Specialist Training Program (STP) funding reserve lists for 2017 and beyond. Training sites on the reserve list may be offered period funded or ongoing funded posts in the event that a currently funded post does not remain viable.
The initial assessment will be undertaken by the relevant state jurisdictions. This will be followed by the College’s assessment which will be completed late February, 2017. The College will engage its regional committees and directors of professional affairs in the assessment process, noting that decisions will be made on a complex range of considerations.
The training settings that are accepted through the EOI process will be placed on the reserve list to be managed by the College in consultation with the department.

ANZCA has managed 58 training posts, 37 in anaesthesia, five in pain medicine and 16 in intensive care (on behalf of the College of Intensive Care Medicine) since 2011.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their EOI’s in early 2017.

About the Specialist Training Program


The Specialist Training Program (STP) is an Australian government initiative that helps to fund accredited specialist training rotations in settings beyond traditional public teaching hospitals.
The program aims to:

  • Increase the capacity of the health workforce to train specialists.
  • Provide specialists with training that matches demand and reflects the way health services are delivered.
  • Develop networked specialist training arrangements, which are:
    • An integrated series of accredited training sites focused on health care and through which trainees may rotate in the pursuit of specialist qualification.
    • 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.

ANZCA has been funded to manage the Specialist Training Program and the associated contracts for training posts in anaesthesia, pain medicine and intensive care (on behalf of CICM) until the end of February 2018.
Advocacy for the timely decision, announcement and implementation of the continuation of funding and the operational guidelines for the Specialist Training Program (STP) is a campaign being driven by ANZCA's Policy unit.

For more information, see here.

STP in the media

The following media articles focus on the STP:


STP evaluation 

ANZCA is pleased to share The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Specialist Training Program (STP) Evaluation Report (August 2015). It contains the key findings and recommendations arising from a qualitative evaluation research project to explore whether setting impacts on the quality of training in STP and to identify issues of training for anaesthetists in expanded settings.
The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Specialist Training Program (STP) Evaluation Report can be accessed  here.


Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) undertook a performance audit (2014) of the administration of the STP. This report was presented to the Australian Parliament March 10, 2015. The report was positive with only a few recommendations for future administration of the program.

Access to the report here.


The Public Service News featured an article on the report March 17, 2015 which can be accessed here.


Guide to STP for training sites

Further information on the ANZCA Specialist Training Program processes can be found in the Guide to the Specialist Training Program - For Training Sites.


Rural support loading

The STP acknowledges the additional costs associated with training in rural settings and therefore offers Rural Support Loading grants of up to $22,000 (incl. GST) pro rata per full-time equivalent (FTE) position per year to supported hospitals located in rural and remote settings based on Remoteness Area Classification (RA) 2-5. RA classifications can be viewed on the Doctor Connect website.

Applications for funding are assessed against the following criteria:
  • Distance and remoteness of settings.
  • Access constraints to infrastructure technology (for example, videoconferencing facilities).
  • Ensuring provision of sustainable facilities.
  • Providing value for money.

Rural support loading reports

The Rural Support Loading final reports are due annually in February. A copy of the report template can be found here.


Please note: The following cannot be included in claims for rural loading:

  • Salary costs.
  • Administration costs.
  • Supervision costs.


Training More Specialist Doctors in Tasmania project (TMSDT)

The Training More Specialist Doctors in Tasmania (TMSDT) project is the second element of the Tasmanian Health Assistance Package, which is designed to ease immediate pressures across the Tasmanian health system and to fund clinical innovation and system improvement. For more information including the reporting templates see here.


Specialist Training Program reporting requirements and templates

Report due Reporting templates Invoice due
March 30, 2017

Progress report and financial information
Trainee consent form


April 17, 2017
September 30, 2017

Final report
Trainee consent form
Financial Statutory declaration
Financial statement of receipt and expenditure Invoice

October 16, 2017

All Specialist Training Program reports should be submitted according to the schedule above. Forms can be downloaded from the schedule above. Please email completed form(s) to stp@anzca.edu.auTo submit electronically to email address, Adobe Acrobat is required.

For further information please contact the STP team on +61 3 9510 6299 or stp@anzca.edu.au.

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