STP funding for private positions located in rural areas is currently set at $160,000, consisting of:
- $105,000 for candidate salary funding support
- Private Infrastructure and Clinical Supervision (PICS) allowance of up to $30,000 for eligible private infrastructure expenses and clinical supervision costs
- Rural Support Loading (RSL) allowance of up to $25,000 for expenses to support the trainee in rural, regional and remote areas.
All amounts are per FTE per annum, and exclude GST.
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.
Private training settings are able to use the allowance flexibly for either:
- Infrastructure support for resources such as training room outfitting, minor renovation of existing facilities, videoconferencing, online educational software, and office /IT setup equipment. Note: The infrastructure allowance is attached to the training site, not the trainee or the supervisor, and will be linked to a specific STP training position.
- Supervision support which is intended to ensure settings provide appropriate supervision of their STP trainees/registrars in accordance with the accreditation standards set by the College. This allowance is linked to the specific STP training position.
Rural Support Loading (RSL) allowance
The RSL allowance is provided to support the candidate and assist in meeting those additional costs which may be incurred in rural areas. Eligible expenses include relocation costs, accommodation costs, travel costs to attend courses / meetings / conferences, and other training resources.
The funded health setting is required to reimburse or directly pay for eligible trainee expenses, and claim these expenses back from RACMA via the RSL Claim Form.
RSL funding should be used as additional support on top of any other professional development packages for which the candidate may be eligible.