Selection Principles and Outcomes

Selection Principles and Outcomes

The ACD uses a standardised process to ensure that trainee selection is transparent and equitable.  The National Trainee Selection Procedure is based on the principles arising from the Medical Training Review Panel document on Trainee Selection in Australian Medical Colleges (The Brennan Report, January 1998) and is regularly reviewed to ensure it remains relevant and consistent.

The number of training positions available each year is dependent on:

  • The availability of Government funding for accredited training positions in Australian teaching hospitals.
  • The continuation of funding by overseas governments of overseas training positions.
  • The number of trainees in each state who agree to work in, or continue to work in, or who propose to return from, overseas training positions.
  • The number of trainees in each state who take approved leave, or who are working part time or in shared training positions.
  • The continuation of training positions made available by the Skin and Cancer Foundations in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, which are privately funded.
  • Government funding being available to support training in private practice.
  • The number of fourth year trainees who complete the requirements of the training program by the end of their fourth year of training.

Given these dependencies, it is not possible to predict with any certainty how many training positions will become available in one year. For this reason, the College cannot guarantee the number of entry positions that will be available in any one location in the following training year.

As a guide, entry numbers for training years in each Faculty are given in the following table:

Faculty 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
New South Wales 5 FTE 7 FTE 6 FTE &
1 PTE
2 FTE &       1 PTE 4 FTE 2 FTE
New South Wales
Rural
1 FTE 1 FTE 1 FTE 1 FTE 2 FTE 2 FTE
New South Wales
PhD/FACD
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Queensland 1 FTE &
1 PTE
6 FTE 2 FTE 4 FTE 6 FTE 4 FTE
South Australia 1 FTE 3 FTE 0 6 FTE 2 FTE 3 FTE
Victoria 8 FTE 8 FTE &
1 PTE
3 FTE 5 FTE &
1 PTE
5 FTE &
1 PTE
8 FTE &
1 PTE
Victoria PhD/FACD 1 FTE N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
ATSI  New position for 2014 N/A 1 FTE (VIC) 1 FTE (NSW) N/A 1 FTE
Western Australia 2 FTE 0 2 FTE 2 FTE 1 PTE 2 FTE
Total 19 FT &
1 PT
25 FT &
1 PT
15 FT &
1 PT
21 FT &
2 PT
20 FT &
1 PT
22 FT &
1 PT

The table below provides information on the percentage of applicants chosen from each group of applicants from a first application through to the fourth and subsequent ones.

Average 2008-2016
% Successful % Unsuccessful
First application 28.06 71.94
Second application 53.96 46.04
Third application 53.45 46.55
Fourth and above 37.5 62.5

The chances of being selected are not influenced by previous selection outcomes. All information provided in application forms, and in reference checking, is scrutinised afresh in competition with others for that year. As a consequence, shortlisting in one year does not guarantee shortlisting in the next.