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AOA 21 Training Program selection regulations for the 2021 intake

Regulations for the 2021 AOA 21 Training Program intake are now available. To download the Regulations, please click the link below.

2021 Training Program Selection Regulations

Amendments to the Regulations for Selection to the AOA 21 Training Program in Orthopaedic Surgery for the 2021 Intake

COVID-19 restrictions have significantly impacted many aspects of the AOA 21 Training Program, including the annual selection process. For the purpose of enabling selection to the AOA 21 Training Program under COVID-19 conditions, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has approved amendments to be included in the Regulations for Selection to the AOA 21 Training Program in Orthopaedic Surgery for 2021 (the Regulations). For details of the approved amendments, please click here

Please be advised that the Selection Regulations change on an annual basis. It is imperative that applicants read the Regulations as well as supporting documentation in detail. Incomplete or incorrect applications may result in ineligibility or failure to progress through the selection process.

If you have any questions regarding the 2021 Regulations, please check our Frequently Asked Questions


How to apply to the AOA 21 Training Program


Application to the AOA 21 Training Program is a two-stage process:

1.  Registration with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)

RACS assesses each registrant against generic eligibility requirements which are common across all surgical specialties. Information on registration can be found on the RACS website.


2.  Apply to the Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA)

AOA 21 Training Program selection applications for 2021 will open on Wednesday 26 February 2020.

Overview of Dates selection 2018

AOA 21 Training Program selection enquiries


All enquiries must be sent in writing to selection@aoa.org.au

Only enquiries lodged through this email address will be accepted. Phone enquiries will not be accepted.