Specialist Training Program (STP) funding

The Specialist Training Program is a funding initiative from the Australian Government Department of Health to establish and support a variety of new training posts in expanded settings.

Aims and objectives

The Specialist Training Program (STP) aims to:

enhance the capacity of the healthcare sector to provide high-quality, appropriate training opportunities to facilitate the required educational experiences for specialists in training

support quality training posts that build the overall training capacity in the system, by extending specialist training into new ‘expanded’ healthcare settings

contribute to improving medical workforce distribution

Please follow the links below to visit the Department of Health website, and to read the STP Operational Framework.

Outcome parameters

1

Contribute to enhancing the capacity of the healthcare sector to train future medical specialist workforce.

2

Contribute to increasing the capacity of specialist training being undertaken in non-traditional settings.

3

Contribute to enhancing availability of the specialist workforce in areas of unmet community need including rural and remote locations.

4

Ensure specialist training experience is of a high quality for participating specialist registrars.

5

Enhance Indigenous health outcomes through increasing opportunities and training experiences for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people seeking to become medical specialists.

Priority settings

Priority settings for the 2022–2025 funding period include:

Private health sector

eligible private sector settings that do not derive operational funding directly from a State or Territory Government

Regional, rural and remote areas

settings located in Australian Standard ASGS RA 2–5

Non-hospital settings (including Aged Care, Community Health and Aboriginal Medical Services)

training posts that involve assisting population groups with acute health needs to receive appropriate services


Eligibility

The following training settings are eligible to lodge an expression of interest under the STP:

Public and Private hospitals

Local Health Networks and regional hospitals

Private healthcare organisations/private healthcare settings

Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and Aboriginal Medical Services

Community health organisations

Please note that only posts that represent 1 FTE or a minimum of 0.5 FTE in the above settings will be eligible to lodge an expression of interest.

The following training settings are not eligible to apply for funding under the STP:

Post-fellowship training

General Practice training

Direct costs associated with accreditation of training posts

Overseas trainees employed by hospitals in other countries seeking a rotation through expanded settings within Australia

Training posts that are not considered to be new posts*

*A position will not be considered new if it has been funded by another organisation for more than 12 months within the last three years. Additionally, a position that was funded by another organisation within the last 12 months will need to conclusively demonstrate that its funding is not ongoing. This allows for short-term funding from organisations such as charitable trusts. In this context, positions funded by the applicant organisation or a State and Territory Government will not be considered new and will be ineligible for STP support.


Expressions of interest

The expression of interest (EoI) process is an opportunity for healthcare settings outside traditional metropolitan teaching settings to consider participation in the STP, and to put forward a case for potential support. This includes existing STP-funded sites interested in expanding current placements.

The Department of Health considers EoIs each year. Please note that expressions of interest for the 2022-2025 funding round have now closed.

Please follow the link below for more information on developing an EoI:

If an EoI is deemed suitable, your site will be placed on a RANZCOG reserve list. This list will be utilised to fill posts should vacancies become available, and/or will taken into consideration to meet Department of Health and RANZCOG distribution targets.


Funding

The Specialist Training Program funding is a salary contribution paid to the employer of the trainee at a rate of up to $105,000 (GST exclusive) pro rata per FTE.

The STP also includes the following secondary specialised funding schemes:

Rural Support Loading (RSL)

Private Infrastructure Clinical Supervision (PICS) funding

Rural Support Loading

In recognition of the additional costs associated with training in regional, rural and remote locations, the STP provides an RSL funding component for each eligible STP post.

Health settings are eligible to receive RSL for STP posts that occur in a Modified Monash Model (MMM) 2–7 location. These posts may be provided with RSL funding of up to $25,000 (GST exclusive) per FTE.

Please follow the link below for more information on Rural Support Loading:

Private Infrastructure Clinical Supervision funding

The PICS allowance supports delivery of the STP in private or non-Government health settings. It recognises the cost of delivering training in these settings and assists in the provision of a high-quality training environment for both trainees and supervisors.

All private sector STP training sites can apply for this allowance of up to $30,000 (GST exclusive) per FTE per annum, pro rata, which provides support for training infrastructure and clinical supervision, subject to specific eligibility criteria.

Please follow the link below for more information on the PICS allowance:


Contact

For more information about the STP, please contact:

Department of Health: specialist.training@health.gov.au