Surgical Education and Training (SET) Program

The SET Program in Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery (OHNS) is the accredited program to obtain Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in the specialty of OHNS.  OHNS trainees are trained at State Government accredited training posts throughout Australia. 

Specialist International Medical Graduates

Eligible Specialist International Medical Graduates (SIMGs), who wish to gain one of the nine specialty qualifications, may apply for surgical training posts.  For more information, visit the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and the Australian Medical Council (AMC).

Australian Selection into the OHNS SET Program

Generic Requirements

Before applying to the SET program, the applicant must first register and satisfy the generic eligibility criteria determined by the RACS.  Registrations open on Wednesday 12th January 2022. For more detailed information refer to the RACS generic eligibility requirements for selection.

Application to the SET Program

  • Individuals who wish to apply to the SET Program will be required to meet minimum eligibility requirements outlined in the Selection Regulations to be considered for selection.  The Selection Regulations are subject to annual review and are published on this website each November.

SET Selection References

Applicants are recommended to use the following references in order to successfully navigate the selection process.

Modifications to the Selection Regulations 2023 Intake


  • The CICM Accreditation only applies to Intensive Care units.
  • The period limit of six years has been removed in relation to maximum attempts at Selection into the SET Program.  Applicants will be allowed a maximum of four attempts to be selected onto the SET Program, the tally commenced and is effective from the 2022 intake and on.


  • Scoring for the Masters degree by research and thesis has been decreased to one point
  • Updated terminology for Dental Practitioner qualification in line with Australian standards

Regional Training Nomination

  • For the 2023 intake, the Board has elected to return to a process where applicants are required to nominate one Training Region in which they will be considered for a training position. Successful Applicants will be allocated to the Training Region to which they have applied and will be required to complete their training in their allocated region.

A guide to anticipated post vacancies for the 2023 intake year will be published on the ASOHNS website in or before January 2022.  

Reference Reports

  • The Board has removed the minimum score of 25/40 for the reference report to be eligible to proceed in the selection process.

Selection Process

The selection process uses three selection tools, each contributing a weighted score as:

  • Structured Curriculum Vitae 20%
  • Structured Referee Reports 40%
  • Semi-Structured Interview 40%

Only the top ranked suitable applicants will progress to the interview stage.  The number of applicants interviewed will be based on estimated number of positions available in 2023.

Continous Review Notifications  

The Board has mandated the future changes to CV Scoring:

  • Ongoing - the Board will review the RACS Skills courses CV scoring component once the courses become widely available.

  • 2024 Intake:  Book Chapter Scoring Criteria
    The Chapter must be published in a surgical textbook which has been assigned an ISBN
    The applicant must be the first author
    The applicant must supply a letter from the publisher showing the level of contribution, plus a copy of the book chapter or full bibliographic details

  • 2025 Intake:  A PhD relevant or not relevant to medicine will count for 2 points.

Anticipated Guide to 2023 Post Vacancies

Follwing is a guide to anticipated post vacancies for the 2023 intake year. It is important to note that this is only a guide, the number of vacancies can vary prior to January 2023.

Training Region Anticipated Posts

* subject to change

RACS Selection Policies

Application Processing Fee

All applicants will be charged a non-refundable application processing fee which must be paid at the time of application.

The 2022 fee is AUD 900.00 incl.GST 

Once your application has been submitted and payment made, it is final.  Your application cannot be changed, added to or resubmitted.

Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Selection Initiative

One training position is reserved to support selection opportunities for candidates who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (ATSI) and who reach the minimum standard for selection as setout in the Regulations.

Special Measure

The Board has introduced a special measure to give effect to the RACS Diversity and Inclusion Plan.  The special measure will ensure there is Substantive Gender Equality between Successful female and male Applicants.

Past Offers

The following shows trainees appointed onto the SET program by commencement year.  (includes deferred offers)

2022 Intake


2021 Intake


2020 Intake


 2019 Intake


 2018 Intake


 2017 Intake


 2016 Intake


 2015 Intake


 2014 Intake


 2013 Intake


 2012 Intake


 2011 Intake




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