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Specialist Training Program (STP)

Specialist Training Program (STP)

The Commonwealth Department of Health has extended the Specialist Training Program (STP) for the academic period 2018-2020 and continues to prioritise the support of specialist training in the rural and private health sectors.

The STP Operational Framework can be downloaded here.

Integrated Rural Training Pipeline (IRTP)

In 2015, the Department of Health established the Integrated Rural Training Pipeline (IRTP) for Medicine for implementation from 2017. This initiative is aimed at delivering a sustainable, Australian-trained future medical workforce for regional, rural and remote communities.

The Project comprises three linked and complimentary components:

a. Regional Training Hubs

b. Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund

c. IRTP Specialist Training Program (STP) places: a targeted expansion to the STP initiative providing rurally based specialist training places, as described further below. The IRTP-STP measure supports 100 new training posts in the ASGS Rural Areas RA2-RA5.


STP and IRTP Reserve Lists

Training settings that are approved by the Department to be on the RACMA STP and IRTP Reserve Lists may be funded in the event that an STP or IRTP funding allocation is available. The College is responsible for managing the STP and IRTP Reserve Lists in consultation with the Department.


STP Training More Specialist Doctors in Tasmania (Tasmania Project)

Since 2013, the Training More Doctors in Tasmania Program (Tasmanian Project) has provided Commonwealth funding to increase training places and enhance the long-term delivery of specialist medical services in the Tasmania. The Tasmanian Project funds 10 specialist medical colleges for trainees’ salaries, clinical supervision and program coordination. 

Overall, since the Tasmanian Project commenced, the number of specialist training posts and supervisor positions in Tasmania has increased, with the Project currently funding 51 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) specialist trainees and 14.42 FTE supervisor positions.


STP, IRTP and Tasmania Reporting Requirements

As per the terms of the STP, IRTP and Tasmania Funding Agreements, all training posts must submit progress reports periodically.  Please refer to your funding agreement for details.


Rural Support Loading (RSL)

Training posts that are located in a rural or regional setting may be eligible for up to $22,500 (GST exclusive) per 1.0FTE, per annum in supplementary funding to cover any additional costs incurred by the trainee. The rural support loading must be used to support the trainee during their specialty training in the rural, regional or remote STP / IRTP post.  Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) Remoteness Area (RA) status can be determined by visiting the DoctorConnect website:


Activities that could be supported by Rural Support Loading (please note these examples do not cover all activities):

Equipment – videoconferencing or teleconferencing, i.e. does the post have unmet or difficultly meeting the communication needs required for training.

Travel costs – accommodation subsidies, flights, car mileage, travel costs associated with relocation.

Training program requirements – training activity costs and travel and accommodation associated with those costs.

RSL Guidelines can be downloaded here

Private Infrastructure and Clinical Supervision (PICS)

The aim of the PICS Allowance is to support delivery of the Specialist Training Program (STP) in private sector settings.

PICS Guidelines can be downloaded here

For more STP, IRTP or Tasmania  information:

Contact Carmel Barker or Valerie Ramsperger at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call the RACMA Office on 03 9824 4699


For further information regarding the STP, IRTP or Tasmania project, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or go to the Department of Health website:



Acknowledgement: The Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators has received Australian Government funding under the Specialist Training Program.
Last Updated on Friday, 07 September 2018 11:32