2020 Selection Process for 2021 Intake
Please click here for the 2020 General Surgery Selection Regulations for 2021 Intake.
*Please note that only those that had applied for Registration to SET with RACS prior to 3 February 2020, are eligible to apply to General Surgery SET Program for 2021 intake.
In 2021, the Selection fee for General Surgery (Australia) will be $935 (inc. GST).
The Selection Guidelines are available here.
Information on becoming a surgeon is available from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons website.
For all selection queries please contact:
All queries must be in writing. Phone calls will not be accepted and you will be requested to put your query in writing to the above email address.
General Surgery Education and Training (GSET) program
As a result of COVID-19, the implementation of the new GSET program has been delayed until 2022. Therefore, all trainees who are selected in 2020 to commence training in 2021, as well as trainees who are currently on deferral and due to commence training in 2021, will be under the current program and will be required to adhere to the Training Regulations that govern the current Program.
In 2022, the Australian Board in General Surgery will be implementing the revised General Surgery Education and Training (GSET) program.
For further information on the GSET program please click here.
Procedural Skills and Professional Capabilities Form
Click here to access the Procedural Skills and Professional Capabilities Form.
Please note that for 2020, each procedure must be verified during rotations undertaken between 1 December 2017 and the closing date of applications except where 2.5.5 of the Regulations applies. Skills verified outside of this timeframe will deem the form ineligible and you will not be able to proceed to the next stage of selection
If you proceed to the interview stage, the mailing state supplied in your mailing address on your application will be used to determine where your interview will take place. If your mailing state is ACT, TAS, NT or you are from overseas, your interview state will be the region you select as your first preference from your Regional preferences.
Applicants who have known clashes with other events or personal circumstances have until 31 July 2020 to email firstname.lastname@example.org requesting a particular date or interview state. Please ensure you provide the reason for your preference. Preferences will only be taken into consideration and cannot be guaranteed. Applicants are asked to strongly consider COVID-19 restrictions when requesting an interview outside the region they are currently residing in – any travel associated with interviews is the applicant’s responsibility.
Dates marked with an asterisk (*) will only be utilised if required. Candidates are not able to request that they be interviewed on these dates.
Interviews dates in each state are as follows:
Saturday 5 September 2020: 9am – 1pm
Monday 7 September 2020 : 6pm – 9pm
Tuesday 8 September 2020 : 6pm – 9pm (*)
Thursday 17 September 2020 (*)
Friday 18 September 2020
Saturday 19 September 2020
Thursday 8 October 2020
Friday 9 October 2020
Saturday 5 September 2020
Saturday 12 September 2020
Revised Timeline for Selection
|6 JAN 2020||
Registrations to SET open through RACS website
|3 FEB 2020||
Registrations to SET close through RACS website (if you do not register first with RACS you will not be able to apply through GSA for selection)
|19 FEB 2020||
Log in details for General Surgery Application sent to candidates via email
|20 MAY 2020||
Applications to General Surgery SET Program opens at 12:00pm AEST
|12 JUNE 2020
Selection Applications close at 12:00pm AEST. Please be aware that you must complete your application, including payment for your application, prior to this time. The system will automatically log you out and your application cannot be submitted after this date and time under any circumstances.
Interview dates will be available on the GSA website, www.generalsurgeons.com.au, as soon as possible. Please advise before 31 July 2020 to email@example.com of any prior commitments affecting your availability, including possible interviews with other specialties. Once interview dates and times are finalised they cannot be altered.
|3 JULY 2020||
All applicants will be informed via email if they have or have not met minimum eligibility
15 JULY TO 12 AUG 2020
|Referee report collection|
|31 JULY 2020||
Last day to email firstname.lastname@example.org with interview preferences. Preferences will be taken into consideration but not guaranteed. Applicants are encouraged to consider COVID-19 restrictions when requesting an interview outside the region they are currently residing in.
|21 AUG 2020||
All applicants will be informed via email whether they are proceeding to the next stage (interviews) or whether they are ineligible as per the Regulations
5 DAYS PRIOR TO INTERVIEW
|Eligible applicants are advised of interview date and time|
Interviews take place.
|28 OCT 2020||
First Round Offers are made via email prior to 12.00pm AEDT. Applicants in the last quartile and waitlist applicants will be advised by email
|11 NOV 2020||
Second Round Offers are made via email prior to 12.00pm AEDT. Deferral is not permitted. Applicants who do not receive an offer will remain on the waitlist unless written withdrawal of application is received. Applicants who do not receive an offer will be emailed advising that they remain on the waitlist.
|23 NOV 2020||Third Round Offers are made via email prior to 12.00pm AEDT. Deferral is not permitted. Applicants who do not receive an offer will remain on the waitlist unless written withdrawal of application is received. Applicants who do not receive an offer will be emailed advising that they remain on the waitlist.|
|30 NOV 2020||
Final date for offers via email if positions are available. Deferral is not permitted
|3 DEC 2020||
Unsuccessful applicants on the waitlist are advised via email together with their feedback report.