Elections

The College elections are now open allowing the next generation of College leaders to step up and shape the agenda and future of the RACP.

In May 2020, I hand over leadership of the College to Professor John Wilson AM, our current RACP President-elect.

The following Board positions are now open:

  • RACP President-elect
  • RACP Trainee Director – 1 elected position from a trainee or dual trainee of the College
  • RACP Member Director – 1 elected position from College Members

The RACP Aotearoa New Zealand President-elect position will also be open for election and will be a College board position once the candidate fills the President of the Aotearoa NZ Committee position under the current Constitutional provisions.

In addition, there are 51 important College leadership roles such as Division, Faculty and Chapter Presidents-elect positions and committee positions open for nomination.

Elected members will start their terms at the conclusion of our Annual General Meeting on 4 May 2020.

I invite you to be involved in this process and take part in shaping our College’s future.

Associate Professor Mark Lane
RACP President

Board

3 x Board Director positions and the Aotearoa NZ President-elect position are open for nomination.

Nominations close 14 February 2020.

College Bodies

51 x President-elect and elected College Body positions are open for nomination.

Nominations close 6 February 2020.


Eligibility

College members are eligible to nominate and/or submit an expression of interest provided they meet the eligibility criteria for the position set out in the relevant College Body’s By-law or the Constitution and meet any additional election criteria specific to the role.

Guidance notes

These guidance notes are provided to assist members nominating for election, to understand the requirements for Directors of the College and to provide appropriate information covering their expertise and potential contribution to the College’s future.

Collective Board expertise

To effectively operate the College, members of the College Board – working together in a respectful and collaborative environment – require skills, experience and expertise that must be aligned to the objectives and purpose of the College, as set out in the RACP Constitution (PDF).

Collectively, these Board skills and expertise should enable the College to successfully develop, implement and monitor the performance of the College strategy. Ideally, the College Board should be structured to have:

  • a diversity of backgrounds, expertise and perspectives
  • a significant depth of experience, skills and knowledge in critical areas of the College’s activities or in areas which are important to the College’s future development
  • a capacity to work strategically for the College as a whole, in a complex and challenging environment
  • combined commitment, personal qualities and integrity which mean Directors work together effectively and with other parts of the College
  • a clear and shared understanding of good governance and the Board’s role in the College

RACP Strategic Plan 2019-2021 and Statement of Strategic Intent

The RACP Strategic Plan 2019-2021 (PDF) provides the following 3 core roles of the College:

  • Educate – Through the RACP, specialists work together to educate and train the next generation of specialists to deliver quality care.
  • Advocate – Through the RACP, specialists come together to develop and advocate for policies that promote the interests of our profession, our patients and our communities.
  • Innovate – Through the RACP, specialists collaborate together to lead innovation in the delivery of specialist medicine in a constantly changing world.

A Statement of Strategic Intent (PDF) was issued by the Board following a 2-day strategy workshop held in July 2018.

Strategic experience and capacity

Ideally, prospective RACP Directors must demonstrate relevant experience and a capacity to operate strategically in 1 or more of these areas:

  • Education and Training – the development, delivery or assessment of education and training
  • Policy and Advocacy – developing or advocating for public policy, building community relationships and networks in areas relevant to healthcare
  • Research – experience in research, research training, research management, research development, the funding or supervision of research in medicine, or the RACP Foundation
  • Fellowship Matters and College Relationships – achievements related to building engagement and relationships with members, the health industry and organisational partners

Position descriptions covering each of the open Board positions provides more details of the essential and desirable skills, qualifications and experience expected from members nominating for appointment as a Board Director.

College structure and governance

The College is a public company limited by guarantee. The College Governance documents include the RACP Constitution, Board Charter, Directors Code of Conduct and other relevant By-Laws. As an incorporated body, the College is bound by the Corporations Act, as well as by the common law including the fiduciary duties of Directors and Officers.

All RACP activities are governed by the College Constitution, which is approved by members. Additionally, the RACP is a Charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and must comply with the ACNC legislation, which includes modified Director duties.

The ACNC Act sets down 5 Governance Standards that all Charities must satisfy at all times to remain registered with the ACNC. All RACP Directors are classified as Responsible Persons under the ACNC legislation.

The ACNC Governance Standard 5 – Duties of Responsible Persons – requires all RACP Directors to:

  1. act with reasonable care and diligence
  2. act honestly and fairly in the best interests of the charity and for its charitable purposes
  3. not misuse their position or information they gain as a Responsible Person
  4. disclose conflicts of interest
  5. ensure that the financial affairs of the charity are managed responsibly
  6. not allow the charity to operate while it is insolvent

Recommended resources

These resources are applicable to the roles and responsibilities of the RACP Board and its Directors are recommended reading for members interested in nominating for the RACP Board in this election.

Governance for Good: The ACNC’s guide for Charity Board Members | Australian Charities and Non-for-profit Commission
The Not-for-profit Governance Principles (PDF) | Australian Institute of Company Directors

Election timeline

Event Date
Nominations close for President-elect and other elected positions on Divisions, Faculties and Chapters Thursday 6 February 2020
Nominations close for President-elect, Member Director, Aotearoa NZ President-elect and Trainee Director
Friday 14 February 2020
Declaration of nominees for all relevant positions and arrangement of election for all positions with more than 1 nominee Monday 17 February 2020
Last day for withdrawal of nominations Wednesday 4 March 2020
Opening of online voting, individualised voting instructions will be emailed to all members Thursday 5 March 2020
Voting closes Friday 3 April 2020
Announcement of provisional results (pending audit notification) Friday 17 April 2020
RACP AGM – declaration of all election results Monday 4 May 2020

Nomination outcomes

If the number of valid nominees is equal to or less than the number of vacant positions, those nominees will be automatically elected to the positions.

If the number of valid nominees is greater than the number of vacant positions, a ballot will be held.

All election outcomes will be reported at the Annual General Meeting.

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