Education and Training

General Surgery Training - Overview & Policies

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is the principal body for the training and education of surgeons in Australia and New Zealand. Accreditation is given by the Australian Medical Council and Medical Council of New Zealand to the RACS and standards for education and training are established by the RACS.

The Australian Board in General Surgery of the RACS has oversight for the conduct of the training program in General Surgery in Australia, reporting to the Committee of Surgical Education and Training and the Council of the RACS.

General Surgeons Australia collaborates with the RACS as an agent of the College, to administer the training program in Australia and manage the Australian Board in General Surgery.

The SET and GSET Training Programs in General Surgery is designed to provide trainees with clinical and operative experience in order to learn special methods of investigation and become competent in techniques related to the discipline. At the conclusion of the training program it is expected that trainees will be able to perform as independent practitioners, meeting the requirements of all identified RACS competencies.


The College is responsible for setting the policies that govern Surgical Education and Training.  To access the policies please click here to be directed to the RACS website.