Integrated Rural Training Pipeline (IRTP) Program

The Integrated Rural Training Pipeline (IRTP) program is an Australian Government initiative aimed at increasing the number of psychiatry trainees and specialists in rural and regional areas.

Training posts funded in the IRTP program differ from the Specialist Training Program (STP) posts as the funding ‘follows’ the trainee through multiple rotations at a health service.

Health services are responsible for liaising with their Branch Training Committee (BTC) to ensure each rotation is appropriately accredited.

Types of IRTP posts
Funding for IRTP posts
Reporting requirements
Eligibility to work in an IRTP post
IRTP post directory

Types of IRTP posts

There are two types of IRTP posts to facilitate rural and regional health services to participate in the IRTP program, the Pathway model and the Stage 3 model.

IRTP Post Models [PDF; 284 KB].

Each type of IRTP post model have their own specifications and eligibility requirements. The specifications are summarised below:

Pathway model (stage 1, 2 & 3)

Trainees will complete a target of 75% (66% minimum) of their entire Fellowship training program within a regional, rural or remote setting.

Health services must demonstrate the capacity, and hold the required accreditations, to deliver the Fellowship training program. Partnerships and secondment arrangements with other health services to complement the training provided are encouraged.

Where a health service cannot provide a mandatory training rotation necessary for the completion of the Fellowship program, a trainee can temporarily relocate to a metropolitan area.

Stage 3 model

Trainees will complete two years of stage 3 specialist training within a regional, rural or remote setting.

Unlike STP posts, the Stage 3 IRTP post will not be bound to a subspecialty. Provided a health service has the appropriate accreditation, training may be done in any subspecialty. This will enable funding to ‘follow’ a Stage 3 trainee through their final two years of specialist training.

Health services must ensure that, regardless of subspecialty, the training represents an additional position. Funding must not be used to ‘backfill’ existing training posts.

Funding for IRTP posts

The salary contribution for an IRTP is $150,000 (ex. GST) per IRTP FTE post per year.

This is an inclusive amount provided for the purposes of trainee salary support, rural support including education and relocation costs, and for private setting costs associated with minor infrastructure and supervision as previously made available under STP Posts for rural loading and private settings.

The following Guidelines are available to assist use of funding:

Rural Loading [PDF; 135 KB]

Private Infrastructure and Clinical Supervision Allowance (PICS) [PDF; 147 KB]

Reporting requirements

All providers of IRTP posts must complete and submit a Progress Report twice a year, along with an invoice for the eligible funds identified in the communications following approval of your report. 

IRTP Progress Report

Rotation 1 IRTP Progress Reports close on 20 August with Rotation 2 IRTP Reports closing on 20 February of each respective training year. 

Reports are available through our online portal with access provided to a nominated user for each health service. Communications regarding reporting will be undertaken directly with the nominated user.

Please note that:

  • a report is to be submitted even if a post has been or will be vacant.
  • information regarding the locations a trainee has delivered services or undertaken training must be included
  • reports and invoices must be completed prior to the closing date of each rotation i.e. 20 August / 20 February, respectively
  • payment terms are 30 days (subject to full completion of reporting requirements). Incomplete information will delay payment.
  • until we have received all outstanding reports and invoices you will be unable to claim for the next funding instalment.

Overdue Progress Reports

If you are unsure of your current reporting status please contact the STP Team at stp@ranzcp.org or on 03 9601 4929.

Final Report

The Final Report will cover the entire project period.

Eligibility to work in an IRTP post

The eligibility requirements below have been classified according to each type of IRTP post model.

Pathway model (stage 1, 2 & 3)

Trainees who are eligible to be in an IRTP pathway model post:

  • Trainees registered with a RANZCP Fellowship training program.
  • Trainees must show a commitment to completing the entirety of their specialist training in an RA 2-5 area, preferably within the region or health service the post is based in. Consideration should be given to whether the trainee has an interest in the advanced training options in the region.
  • The health service must have a high level of confidence the trainee will complete a target of 75% of their Fellowship training within an RA2-5 area.
  • Posts which repeatedly fail to satisfy the 60% minimum will be subject to review by the RANZCP and funding may be withdrawn.

Trainees who are not eligible to be placed into an IRTP pathway model post:

  • Specialist International Medical Graduates on either the partially comparable pathway or the substantially comparable pathway to RANZCP Fellowship.
  • Overseas trainees seeking or undertaking Specialist Specified training.

Stage 3 model

Trainees who are eligible to be in an IRTP stage 3 model post include:

  • Trainees registered with a RANZCP Fellowship training program.
  • Trainees must have already completed a minimum of 60% of their specialist training in a regional, rural or remote area (RA 2-5) to be eligible.

Trainees who are not eligible to be placed into an IRTP stage 3 model post:

  • Specialist International Medical Graduates on either the partially comparable pathway or the substantially comparable pathway to RANZCP Fellowship.
  • Overseas trainees seeking or undertaking Specialist Specified training.

IRTP training post directory

Current IRTP posts are listed in the RANZCP's IRTP training post directory [member sign-in required].


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