Specialist Training Program Committee

The Specialist Training Program (STP) Committee is responsible for assisting in the review of STP funding applications, and to monitor training positions supported by the STP. The STP Committee reports to the Education Committee.

The Committee is time limited for the duration of the STP. The duration of the STP is determined by the Commonwealth Department of Health.


The STP Committee is responsible for:

  • Developing criteria for assessment of Psychiatry STP applications. 
  • Reviewing all Psychiatry STP applications, and in conjunction with advice from relevant Branch Training Committees (BTCs), Regional Training Hubs and jurisdictions, determining which applications are to be submitted to the Department of Health for approval.
  • Reviewing and amending application assessment criteria, as required.
  • Monitoring and reviewing STP posts as required to ensure alignment with the objectives and deliverables of the program.
  • Providing advice on relevant STP related support projects, as required.
  • Consulting, where appropriate, with other STP stakeholder groups agreed upon by the Education Committee.
  • Developing and implementing an annual work plan.
  • Identifying and managing risks associated with its committee, in accordance with the College’s Risk Management Policy, and for reporting high level risks to the Education Committee and the Corporate Governance and Risk Committee. The Committee will maintain a Risk Register. 

The STP Committee regulations [PDF; 150 KB] outline the purpose and responsibilities of the STP Committee.

Committee Chair and Contact Information

Dr William Kingswell is the Chair of the STP Committee. If you would like to contact Dr Kingswell or other members of the Committee, please email stp@ranzcp.org

Membership of the Committee

The STP Committee comprises:

  • Chair, Fellow (independent) i.e. not a Director of Training (DoT) or Director of Advanced Training (DoAT)
  • ACT Branch Training Committee (BTC) representative (DoT or DoAT)
  • NSW Branch Training Committee (BTC) representative (DoT or DoAT)
  • NT Branch Training Committee (BTC) representative (DoT or DoAT)
  • QLD Branch Training Committee (BTC) representative (DoT or DoAT)
  • SA Psychiatric Training Committee (SAPTC) representative (DoT or DoAT)
  • TAS Branch Training Committee (BTC) representative (DoT or DoAT)
  • VIC Psychiatric Training Committee (VPTC) representative (DoT or DoAT) 
  • WA Branch Training Committee (BTC) representative (DoT or DoAT)
  • Committee for Training (CFT) representative 
  • Bi-national Section of Rural Psychiatry Committee representative

Meeting frequency

The STP Committee typically meets two (2) times per calendar year:

  • One (1) face-to-face meeting held in Melbourne (typically up to 6 hours’ duration)
  • One (1) teleconference meeting (typically up to 2 hours’ duration)
  • Additional meetings maybe required during the calendar year dependant on activity requirements

Committee members will also be required to respond to emails between formal meetings.