registration for selection into the Vocational Training Program commencing in December 2019 (New Zealand) and February 2020 (Australia) will open on 1 February 2019

notice of changes

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) undertook a comprehensive review of its selection policies, tools, and processes. This involves centralising some of the processes across Australia and New Zealand.

In summary the main changes to selection are:

  • Formation of the Selection Board and Selection Panel to fulfil the RANZCO-approved standardised approach to trainee selection and to ensure representation of all stakeholders
  • As much as practicable, de-identification of applications during the grading process
  • Increase in number of referees from five to seven who are linked to the applicant’s work history and are expected to provide greater clarity about their performance since graduation from medical school
  • Introduction of valid and reliable tools such as the situational judgement test (SJT) and multiple mini interviews (MMI)
  • Provision of weighting percentages to the Selection Panel to assist with selection

general information

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists delivers a Vocational Training Program (VTP) for medical practitioners wishing to become specialist ophthalmologists in Australia and New Zealand. The objective of the VTP is to produce a specialist ophthalmologist who, on completion of training, is equipped to undertake safe, autonomous, comprehensive, general ophthalmology practice. In leading the delivery of the VTP, the College recognises the importance of ensuring transparency and fairness to provide a consistent and robust trainee selection process."

Medical practitioners are eligible to register for selection if they meet all RANZCO prerequisites:

  1. Medical degree with full registration to practice medicine in either Australia or New Zealand at the time of application.
  2. Citizenship or permanent resident status of Australia or New Zealand is essential for being a trainee of RANZCO. If awaiting confirmation of an applicant’s status, this must be confirmed by 1 April 2019 prior to the multiple mini interviews (MMI). The selection application fee is not refundable at the time of application.
  3. Completion of a minimum of two years (including the intern year) full-time postgraduate prevocational experience at the commencement of ophthalmology training including a minimum of 18 months of broad experience in non-ophthalmic medical, clinical and surgical settings within such posts.

The percentages to assist with selection are as below: 

  • Curriculum vitae 20%scholar 5%, rural exposure 5%, indigeneity 5%, and other attributes 5% 
  • References 35% - medical expert 24%, scholar 1%, and professional attributes (communicator, collaborator, manager, health advocate, and professional) 10%
  • Situational Judgement Test 20% - professional attributes 20%
  • Multiple Mini Interview 25% - medical expert 5% and professional attributes 20%

2019 Selection Registration Form (Sample only) (PDF 210.5KB)

2019 Examinations Timetable

 (PDF 93.9KB)Education and Training Policies

2019 timeline

Stage 1: Online Registration

Eligible applicants complete  registration form, submit required documents, and pay non-refundable registration fee (AUD 1200) via  RANZCO website. RANZCO notifies applicants if registration is accepted or rejected.

Opens: Friday 1 February (9:00 am AEDT)
Thursday 28 February (11:59 pm AEDT)

Stage 2: Online Referee Report Collection

RANZCO notifies nominated referees and provides link to online reference form. RANZCO notifies referees and applicants if referee reports are received.

Opens: Friday 8 March (9:00 am AEDT)                          Closes: Sunday 31 March (11:59 pm AEDT)

Stage 3: Online Situational Judgement Test

Eligible applicants complete online situational judgement test (SJT) at preferred Cliftons test centre in Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, and Wellington. RANZCO emails instructions after online registration (4 March).

Saturday 16 March (12:00-2:00 pm AEDT)


Stage 4: Selection Panel Review of Applications

RANZCO Selection Panel reviews the applicants' de-identified CVs, identified referee reports, and SJT scores.

Mid-March to mid-April
Stage 5: Multiple Mini Interviews

RANZCO invites applicants for multiple mini interviews (MMI) based on combined CV, referee reports and SJT ranking. RANZCO notifies applicants who are not invited.

RANZCO Selection Panel conducts MMI in Sydney.

Friday 19 April



Friday 17 May (whole day)

Stage 6: End of RANZCO Selection Process

RANZCO circulates pool of eligible applicants to the Selection Committee of each training network.

RANZCO notifies applicants on their progression and will be advised if they are being considered for employment by one or more training networks.

Saturday 1 June

Stage 7: Training Network Review of Applications

NSW, QLD, and VIC applicants submit employment applications via training networks' websites (e.g. NSW Health, QLD Health, RVEEH). Training networks notify applicants if application received.

Selection Committee of each training network conducts their selection process including local interview if required. Training networks submit their rankings to RANZCO for the National Ophthalmology Matching Program (NOMP).

Applicants must check the campaign dates of the relevant training network.
Stage 8: Applicant and Training Network Preferences

RANZCO emails the link to the online training network preference form. Applicants complete the form by closing date.

Opens: Thursday 1 August (9:00 AEST)                            Closes: Sunday 18 August (11:59 pm AEST)

Stage 9: National Ophthalmology Matching Program

NOMP Coordinator carries out the matching process. RANZCO notifies the Selection Committee and QEC Chairpersons of the results.

Friday 23 August

Stage 10: Employment Offers

Training networks make offer of employment to the matched applicants then inform RANZCO of acceptance of offers.

Usually early to mid-September. Applicants must check the campaign dates of the relevant training network.

training Networks

The Selection Committee of each training network is solely responsible for making employment decisions. RANZCO supports this process through circulating a final pool list (not-ranked) for decision on ranking against local network requirements. Training networks maintain autonomy to emphasise or minimise the weightings that the Selection Panel has used to create the pool and conduct their own selection process including speaking with referees and local interview (if required).


A separate employment application is required by NSW Health. For more information on employment application, please visit the NSW Health website.


The Victorian program is based at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH), with rotations to peripheral general hospitals co-ordinated by administration at RVEEH. Victoria is able to provide a comprehensive exposure to all areas of clinical ophthalmology over the four years of the VTP, and is able to offer sub-specialty fellowship or senior registrar positions to suitable candidates in 5th year. 

2019 Guide for Applicants to the VIC Network

2018 Feedback for Applicants to the VIC Network

Please visit the RVEEH website for more information as it becomes available regarding the required employment application. 


A separate employment application is required by QLD Health. For more information on employment application, please visit the QLD Health website


Applicants will be required when completing your RANZCO online registration form to select the training networks to which you intend applying to. This action submits an expression of interest to the network. No other employment application is required for South Australia. For more information, please visit the SA Health website.


Applicants will be required when completing your RANZCO online registration form to select the training networks to which you intend applying to. This action submits an expression of interest to the network. No further employment application will be required for the WA Training Network. For more information, please visit the WA Health website.


The New Zealand training network is a nationwide network. Posts are in five main centres of Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Hamilton, and Auckland. Five provincial centres also have training posts: Rotorua, Tauranga, Nelson, Hawkes Bay, and Palmerston North.

During the first four years of the VTP, Trainees will be placed at two different main centres and at least one provincial centre, not necessarily in the same island. This will expose them to a comprehensive ophthalmology experience to prepare them to be a consultant in New Zealand.

The VTP is partially funded by Health Workforce New Zealand for New Zealand citizens and permanent residents which affects the employing hospitals. However, there are fifth year training posts which are open to all RANZCO Trainees.

2019 Guide for Applicants to the New Zealand Network

This page will be updated as more information becomes available. All enquiries regarding selection should be directed to selection@ranzco.edu. Please allow at least one business day for a response. 

Last updated: 10 December 2018