Overseas Trained Specialist Specified Training

Overseas Trained Specialist Specified Training (SST) endorsement allows Specialist International Medical Graduates (SIMGs) in the final two years of their specialist training to undertake supervised workplace-based training in Australia with a view to enhancing their level of practical skill in a particular area of expertise.

SIMGs who have a Specialist Qualification in Psychiatry and are looking to gain short term specified training which is not available in their home country are also eligible to apply.

The SST is not a pathway to Fellowship with the RANZCP. The maximum time granted for an SST post is two years.  On completion of the SST post the applicant will return to their home country to resume work or finish specialist training.  

If you wish to settle in Australia on a permanent basis please refer to the Specialist Pathway under Pre-Fellowship - Overseas Specialists - New Applicants. 

Please read this "Guide to SST" for detailed information regarding the pathway (applicable to all applications received on or after 1st July 2011).


The completed College SST Application Form including payment and all documents as per the checklist must be submitted to the College.  The suitability of the training position for the applicant is then assessed by the local Branch Training Committee (BTC), and a recommendation made to the Committee for Specialist IMG Education which will release the endorsed Medical Board of Australia form (AAMC-30) directly to AHPRA.

Approval of SST positions requires approximately six (6) weeks from the date all documents have been received.

It is important to note that the SST approval process is dependent on the availability of the relevant Branch Training Committee and the Committee for Specialist International Medical Graduate Education (CSIMGE) so for certain applications the approval process may take longer than the six week timeframe.

- SST Application Form *NEW*
- SST Flowchart *NEW*

It is important to note that all SST applications must be submitted to the SIMGE department in the post, addressed to:

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
309 Latrobe Street
Melbourne, VIC, 3000

Applications sent via email or fax will not be accepted.

Further information

- Department of Immigration and Citizenship
- Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)