Paediatrics (Basic Training)


  • 3 years full-time
  • Basic Training (BT) is the start of a minimum 6-year training program to become a Paediatrician
  • Flexible training options are available
  • Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may apply


  • Minimum PGY1+
  • Appointed to a training position at an RACP accredited training site
  • Approved for training by the Director of Paediatric Education (DPE)


36 months certified training time consisting of:

  • 24 months Core Training (9 months General Paediatrics, 3 months Paediatric Emergency, 3 months Neonatology and 3 months Paediatric Specialty rotations)
  • 12 months optional rotations


  • Paediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) course
  • Developmental & Psychosocial Training (either during BT or AT)
  • Successful completion of BT allows progression to Advanced Paediatric Training in a range of specialties
  • Training must include at least 6 months at a level 3 teaching hospital
  • Cultural Competence and Cultural Safety Module must be completed during Basic or Avanced training
Information from is intended as a summary to assist with career planning and has been developed by The South Eastern Regional Training Hubs Collaboration. While every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, details should be verified through the relevant Specialist College and health services. LAST UPDATED November 15, 2023