Anaesthesia exams update

Changes to the dates and locations of primary and final exams.

The ANZCA Council has made several further decisions regarding the primary and final viva examinations for October. These decisions are:

  • Primary and final viva exams will now be conducted in both Australia and New Zealand, that is, a two country solution.
  • Primary viva exams scheduled for Melbourne in October 2020 have been moved to Sydney.
  • All Victorian candidates who progress to the primary exam viva from both 20.1 and 20.2 exams will have their viva exam in Melbourne in November 2020.
  • Victorian primary written exams are planned to be conducted in August. Locations may differ from previous plans. Once determined with assistance from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services further details will be released. This may include multiple metropolitan and regional locations.
  • Victorian final written exams are planned to progress as previously planned. This may change should there be further developments in Victoria.
  • All other primary and final written exams in all other Australian states and New Zealand will be conducted as planned.
  • It may be that as the situation develops, the vivas for the second sitting of the primary exam may need to be conducted over several sites and dates. We are hopeful that they will not need to be postponed to 2021.   

The revised dates and locations for the primary and final exam are listed on the anaesthesia exams page, along with links to past exam reports.

It's important to note that the exam will be set to the same standard as previous exams. This is not only an explicit requirement of the regulatory authorities, but it's also important to individuals sitting this year, that there is no suggestion that the 2020 cohort are different from their predecessors.

We realise this continues to be a stressful time for many of our trainees and hope this decision to continue to proceed provides further clarity. We also acknowledge that there are a number of factors that may contribute to making further changes to exam plans. If this occurs we will communicate this as soon as practical.
Please support each other and remember that free, confidential counselling is available via the ANZCA Doctors’ Support Program for anyone who needs it.
The chairs of the primary and finals examination subcommittees will be writing to candidates in the coming days; however, if you have any specific questions or concerns, please contact

Last updated 12:58 31.07.2020