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Selection applications for the 2022 training intake are now closed.

Information on the 2022 Selection Process for trainees commencing in 2023, will be available before the end of the year. This will include an example form so you can see what’s involved in applying. In addition to the application form, selection is likely to involve referee reports, a Situational Judgement Test (SJT) and Mini Multiple Interviews (MMIs). We anticipate opening the application process in early February 2022. The SJT is typically held in March and the MMIs in May. These dates, as well as the selection fee, will be published as soon as possible.

The 2021 information packet is available here – please note that the contents relate to the 2021 Selection Process. It is not necessarily indicative of the process, requirements, weightings and Policy for future years. Please bookmark this page and regularly check back for updates and information.


If you have

  • A Medical degree with full registration to practice medicine in either Australia or New Zealand at the time of applying;
  • citizenship or permanent resident status in Australia or New Zealand (an applicant’s citizenship or residency status must be confirmed by 1 April of the year/s they apply to enter the VTP);
  • completed a minimum of two years full time post graduate pre-vocational experience (including the intern year) when you enter the VTP, which must include a minimum of 18 months of broad experience in medical, clinical and surgical settings other than ophthalmology;

and want to work in one of the most challenging and rewarding medical specialties, you should consider training to become an ophthalmologist.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) delivers a robust five-year Vocational Training Program (VTP) for medical practitioners wishing to become specialist ophthalmologists in Australia and New Zealand. The VTP develops specialist ophthalmologists who, upon completion of training, are equipped to undertake a safe, autonomous and comprehensive general ophthalmology practice.

RANZCO supports our members extending their careers into public and private professional practice, vocational teaching, further education or medical research. We even offer a combined FRANZCO – PhD/MD pathway that can be undertaken concurrently with the VTP. You do not need to already have a master’s or PhD to be selected for the VTP.

Selection is a two-step process

Selection takes about a year. In Step 1, applicants apply to RANZCO and through a rigorous selection process, suitability to join the training program is confirmed. Due to logistics, places at the MMI are restricted, therefore applicants that are suitable may not be shortlisted this year. In Step 2, Individual Training Networks in Australia and New Zealand then assess and select the best trainees for their network from this shortlist and make them an offer of employment in a training post.

RANZCO is committed to fostering places of work and training where people feel included and valued. We welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Māori and Pasifika people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, mature-age people, and people with disability, regardless of sex, sexuality or gender identity. Our Diversity and Inclusion Committee takes the lead in suggesting initiatives to the Board and Council that further these aims.

Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori and Pasifika Scholarships

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO), in conjunction with the Trevelyan-Smith Scholarship Fund, is offering up to four scholarships of AUD $2,000 each for medical students (graduate/undergraduate) or junior doctors (PGY 1,2,3) who identify as Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori or Pasifika and are interested in pursuing a career in ophthalmology.

The Scholarships are intended to cover the costs of undertaking ophthalmology surgical or clinical related education, professional development, training and/or research in Australia or New Zealand that will result in the acquisition of new knowledge or skills which will strengthen or enrich their career portfolios.

More information is available on the College’s scholarships page.

Last updated: November 22, 2021

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