Specialist Training Program Initiative

Specialist Training Program Portal Announcement

The RACP’s new portal for delivering the Specialist Training Program (STP) and Tasmanian Project is now live. From Semester Two 2017 all progress reports must be submitted electronically via the portal. Portal access is strictly limited to one Liaison Officer per Funding and Administration Agreement.  Approved users will receive an email from our STP Team with log in credentials. 

Watch video instructions on how to use the new portal.​

The Australian Government Specialist Training Program (STP) is a Federal Government initiative to increase training posts for specialists outside traditional public teaching hospitals, providing an annual trainee salary contribution of $100,000 per post.

The College administers over 400 STP physician posts in settings including private hospitals, rural and remote hospitals and community health.

STP funding is determined via application rounds by the Department of Health with assessment by the Department, the relevant specialist colleges and state/territory health jurisdictions. There are no further application rounds scheduled at this time.

For more information on the background of STP, view the STP Operational Framework on the Department's website


STP Fact Sheets

The STP Fact sheets are for liaison officers, supervisors, trainees and other parties interested in learning about how the Royal Australasian College of Physicians administers the Specialist Training Program (STP).

Rural Support Loading funding

Rural Support Loading (RSL) provides funding of up to $20,000 (ex GST) per STP post per annum. The funding is made available to supplement the additional costs incurred by STP trainees located in regional and remote Australia, with a Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Areas (ASGC-RA) status of 2-5. RA status can be determined by visiting the DoctorConnect website

There is no application process for RSL and the STP Unit will automatically contact posts that are eligible for funding. Payment is subject to the recruitment of a trainee to the post.

For information on how RSL funding can be spent and what the payment process is, view the College's RSL Guidelines (PDF 74KB)

All posts that receive RSL funding will be required to submit an annual report in December to the College. This report is to detail expenditure of the funds and will be used by the College for evaluation purposes.

For more information regarding Rural Support Loading, please contact the STP Unit at stp@racp.edu.au or +61 (2) 9256 9665.

Private Infrastructure and Clinical Supervision (PICS) Allowance

The Private Infrastructure and Clinical Supervision (PICS) Program provides additional funding for STP posts of up to $30,000 per annum for clinical supervision and $10,000 every three years for private infrastructure.

The program is managed for all posts by the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA). For more information visit the RACMA website or contact the PICS team on (03) 9824 4699.

STP Advisory Group

The STP Advisory Group provides advice on STP policies, support programs and accreditation and recruitment issues. The group meets approximately four times per year and comprises five Fellows and one Trainee.

Accreditation for STP

All STP settings must be accredited by the College standards which are:

  • Supervision
  • Facilities and Infrastructure
  • Profile of Work
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Trainee Support Services

For more information about accreditation:

Adult Medicine
Paediatric and Child Health
Public Health Medicine
Rehabilitation Medicine
See the list of accredited trainng sites, find out more about how to get a training site accredited, or contact the Accreditation Unit at accreditation@racp.edu.au or (02) 8247 6233.

STP research and evaluation

The STP Unit conducts research with trainees and supervisors about their experiences of the program. Click here to see STP research analysis

Feedback on the STP program is always welcome and should be emailed to stp@racp.edu.au or via phone on +61 (2) 9256 9665.

STP Advocacy

In September 2015, the Department of Health began a consultation process about reforms to the Specialist Training Programme to be implemented in 2017.

View the RACP’s submission in response to this consultation (PDF 490KB) The submission emphasises the value being delivered by the STP; both to improving patient outcomes in the community, and to the capacity of the health system to deliver highly trained medical specialists able to meet Australia’s future health needs.

Specialist Training Program Portal

The instruction videos below provide information for approved users on how to use the STP Portal.

Liaison Officer Overview 

Progress Reports

Expenditure Reports

More Information?

Visit the Department of Health website or email them at specialist.training@health.gov.au

For more about the College's administration of STP contact stp@racp.edu.au or +61 (2) 9256 9665.

Acknowledgement: The Royal Australasian College of Physicians has received Australian Government funding under the Specialist Training Program.

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