Local selection

Local selection into Basic and Advanced Training should be rigorous, fair and transparent.

The RACP doesn't appoint trainee physicians to vocational training positions itself but does set and monitor standards for selection, and provides advice on the selection and recruitment of trainee physicians. Health service employers also play a role by determining the number of training positions available at their site. To assist, the RACP has developed resources to support Training Providers and Fellows with their local selection practices.

Trainee Selection and Recruitment Guide


Light blue mechanical cogsIt begins with setting up a Selection Committee and planning the selection process.

Position design and posting

Brown pen and paperKey tasks in designing a description that is reflective of the role.


Application form iconA transparent and informative application process is the goal.


A blue icon of two people sitting at a table for an interviewThe most important step of the recruitment process.


A round table of people reviewing candidate rating formsHow to assess references, compile shortlists and candidate feedback.

Next steps

Icon of two hands shakingOnce you make your offer and finalise the recruitment process, what's next?

Indigenous doctors in training

Supporting Indigenous traineesWe want to assist local selection programs with supporting Indigenous trainees entering training.


How the recruitment or selection of trainee physicians into vocational training position occurs is the responsibility of the employing health service. They determine who and how many medical trainees are employed into training positions in Australia and New Zealand and how recruitment to vocational training positions is conducted.

RACP Training Setting or Network
  • Defines the principles and standards for selection into training
  • Determines the eligibility criteria and the selection criteria for its training programs
  • Provides guidance and resources to training providers to assist them with their local selection process
  • Accredits training providers
  • Conducts local selection and recruitment of new trainees
  • Ultimate decision-maker of which medical trainees receive a position within the setting
  • Ensures compliance to appropriate governing legislation
  • Complies with RACP selection policies, guidelines and Accreditation Standards

Download the Local Selection into Training: At a Glance poster.


Guidelines for Training Providers on Local Selection for Training have been developed outlining how principles of the RACP Selection into Training Policy and Training Provider Accreditation Standards can be applied in practice to the local selection of physician trainees for its Training Providers.

Trainee selection survey

In November 2019, we ran an anonymous pulse survey (PDF) on the trainee selection experience. We received over 500 trainee responses with the majority of experiences positive, which was excellent to hear.

However, some trainees shared experiences that concerned us and we're taking steps to eliminate these practices through the selection process.

As a part of our report we’ve made recommendations to help selection panels and we’ll be reinforcing communications around fair practices. We hope to run the selection pulse survey again to ensure practices are improving for trainees.

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