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The College is continuing to monitor the circumstances related to COVID-19 and respond as best it can to the evolving situation.
As part of this response, the College has made the decision to open applications for Selection into the FACEM Training Program earlier than previously scheduled:

  • Round 1 applications will now open on 4 May 2020
  • Round 2 applications will now open on 17 August 2020 

No other dates in the published timeline are affected by this change. These dates have been updated in the table under Application and Enrolment Dates below. 

It is hoped that an extended application period will assist all involved in the application process by:

  • allowing applications to be completed before a predicted surge of COVID-19 patients and resultant demand on prospective trainees and referees;
  • allowing applicants a longer period in which to complete their application, if faced with an increased workload;
  • allowing referees a longer period in which to complete references, for any applications submitted prior to the application deadline (referees are sent emails notification upon submission of application). 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the college at [email protected] for advice.

Change to New Zealand Term Dates

In accordance with the recent decision made by the District Health Boards, New Zealand registrar rotations will be aligned to Australian term dates from 2021. All successful applicants from the 2020 ACEM Selection into FACEM Training process will commence their training on Monday, 1 February 2021.

Application and Enrolment Dates

pplicants for Selection into FACEM Training may apply in either Round 1 or Round 2. Access to ACEM’s Primary Exam resources will be available upon completion of enrolment. Therefore, successful applicants from Round 1 will be able to gain access to these before those from Round 2.

Applicants may submit one application per year only.

If you intend to commence training in New South Wales, we recommend applying in Round 1 to ensure that you receive your outcome before state recruitment ends.

All applicants must commence training at the start of the medical training year.

Key dates Round 1 Round 2
Applications open 4 May 2020 17 August 2020
Applications close 22 June 2020 5 October 2020
Situational Judgement Test 8 July 2020 or 10 July 2020 14 October 2020 or 16 October 2020
All references due 20 July 2020 2 November 2020
Selection into Training Subcommittee meeting 4 August 2020 17 November 2020
Notification to applicants 17 August 2020 7 December 2020
Enrolment due* 23 November 2020 27 January 2021

* Enrolment is specified as acceptance of the Trainee Agreement and submission of an application to enrol. Applicants will be considered trainees upon payment of the enrolment fee and annual training fee and commencement of the medical training year​.

Please Note: Due dates listed in the above table are observed until 23:59 Victorian time (AEST/AEDT, as appropriate) on the displayed date.

Before applying for selection into FACEM Training

Before applying for selection into FACEM Training, you should have read and understood the following:

The ACEM Council of Education reserves the right to refuse any application for selection into FACEM Training.  Any application that is not submitted in accordance with Regulation B FACEM Training Program will not be accepted.

If you have any questions about the application process, please refer to our FAQs at the bottom of this page.

Am I eligible to apply for Selection into the FACEM Training Program?

  • Eligibility Criteria
  • Former FACEM Trainees
  • Trainees of other training programs

How to apply

An application for selection into FACEM Training does not guarantee a place on the FACEM Training Program. However, if you are successful in the selection process you will be invited to enrol by ACEM.

We recommend that you read through our Information Guide on applications for Selection into the FACEM Training Program, to familiarise yourself with the form and requirements before you begin your application.

View a list of required supporting documentation for details of appropriate documentation for each section of the application below.

The ACEM selection into FACEM Training process for 2020 consists of four components. The first three – the Structured CV Form, Selection References, and Institutional Reference are completed via the online application process and managed internally by the College. The fourth component – the Situational Judgement Test, is managed by an external provider.

  • Structured Curriculum Vitae Form
  • Selection References
  • Institutional Reference
  • Situational Judgement Test (SJT)

What happens after I've applied?

Once you’ve submitted your application it will be reviewed by ACEM staff and the Selection into Training Subcommittee. You can find out more about the decision-making process.

The Selection and Institutional References are scored based upon responses to selection criteria aligned with five of the domains identified in ACEM’s Curriculum Framework.

  • Application Review
  • What happens if my application is successful?
  • What happens if my application is unsuccessful?
  • How many times can I apply for Selection into FACEM Training?

What can I do now to prepare?

  • Plan ahead
  • Think about your referees
  • Seek advice and support

What to expect in your first year of training

It’s important that anyone thinking of joining the FACEM Training Program read the FACEM Training Program Handbook. Your training is your responsibility, and prospective trainees need to be prepared for what will be expected of them throughout the training program. The key things you’ll need to prepare for are:

  • Starting your training
  • 6m ED in your first year
  • Structured References
  • Getting your placements sorted
  • Primary Written Examination
  • Assessing Cultural Competency Modules

Other Information

  • Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer
  • Fees


If you cannot find the answer to your question here, please contact the Selection Team via email.

  • The Selection Process
  • Eligibility Requirements
  • Completing the Application
  • After Submitting Your Application
  • Providing a reference for a candidate
  • Do I need Permanent Residency to apply?