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Online selection applications for the 2021 clinical year is now closed. RANZCO will start accepting selection applications for the 2022 clinical year on 1 February 2021. Please check this page in December for further 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, upon completion of training, is equipped to undertake a safe, autonomous and 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:

  • Medical degree with full registration to practice medicine in either Australia or New Zealand at the time of application.
  • Citizenship or permanent resident status of Australia or New Zealand by 1 April prior to the multiple mini interviews (MMI).
  • Completion of a minimum of two years (including the intern year) full-time postgraduate pre-vocational 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 (25%) – scholar (6%), medical expert (4%), rural exposure (5%), indigeneity (5%) and other attributes (5%)
  • References (30%) – medical expert (20%) and professional attributes (communicator, collaborator, manager, health advocate and professional) (10%)
  • Situational Judgement Test (20%) – professional attributes (20%)
  • Multiple Mini Interview (25%) – professional attributes (25%)

Useful Resources

Trainee Selection Policy

Training Network Information

2020 Selection Process

2020 Sample Selection Registration Form

2020 Sample Referee Form

This page will be updated as more information becomes available. All enquiries regarding selection should be directed to

Last updated: July 24, 2020

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