Until the 1930s
Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand physicians had to seek membership of one of the UK's Royal College of Physicians.
This was logical as until the post World War 1 period, many Anglo-Australians considered themselves citizens of the British Empire.
The original charter from the Privy Council can be viewed in the Council Room at Macquarie Street, Sydney. The charter establishes the College’s role as independent of partisan politics.