Hospital Accreditation

Background and Purpose of Accreditation

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (the College) is the principal body accredited by the Australian Medical Council and the Medical Council of New Zealand to provide and manage the education, training (including assessment) and professional development programs for surgeons in Australia and New Zealand. The Specialist Surgical Associations act as Agents of the College in the delivery of these programs, the extent of which varies with their level of contracted services. These organisations are consulted by the College on all matters of quality and standards.


The aim of surgical education and training is to ensure trainees progress through an integrated program which provides them with increasing professional responsibility under appropriate supervision in order to acquire the Nine Competencies needed to become fully fledged surgeons, able to practice independently or as part of a multidisciplinary team, in a range of hospitals, locations and practice settings. In order to facilitate this aim the College accredits hospital posts and ambulatory care facilities for surgical training in Australia and New Zealand.


The College has published the Accreditation of Hospitals and Posts for Surgical Education and Training Booklet , which details the process and criteria for accreditation.  The current version of the booklet was released in November 2008.


Additional OHNS Accreditation Requirements

There are a number of additional requirements for the accreditation of posts for Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and these can be found in the document: Specialty Specific Hospital Accreditation Requirements for Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Training Units


Teaching Hospitals in Australian and New Zealand

A list of teaching hospitals and contacts in Australia and New Zealand is available by visiting this page: Teaching Hospitals in Australia and New Zealand

Read the FAQs for accreditation at: Frequently asked questions.


Applications for Accreditation

Applications for accreditation must be made on the Application for Accreditation Form: Download Application Form


Enquiries regarding the accreditation of hospitals and posts should be directed to:


Accreditation Coordinator

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

College of Surgeons Gardens

250 - 290 Spring Street


Telephone: +61 3 9249 1114