RACP 2024 Elections

Election information

Nominations open on 18 January 2024 and close:

  • Friday 16 February for College body vacancies
  • Monday 26 February for Board vacancies

Candidates will be announced at the 2024 RACP Annual General Meeting (AGM).
The AGM will be held on 17 May 2024 in Sydney and online.

The College is utilising CorpVote, an electronic voting platform provider, to facilitate the call for nomination process for positions on the Board and College bodies.

Eligibility

College members are eligible to nominate provided they meet the eligibility criteria for the position set out in the relevant College bodies By-law (PDF) and the Constitution (PDF) and meet any additional election criteria specific to the role.

Vacancies

Board vacancies

  • 1x President-elect
  • 1 x President-elect, Aotearoa New Zealand Committee
  • 2 x Member Director
  • 1 x Trainee Director

To view the position descriptions and nomination forms for the Board vacancies, please register using the button below.

Nominate for a Board vacancy

College Body Vacancies

  • Adult Medicine Division Council – Aotearoa New Zealand Fellow
  • Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine Committee – Aotearoa New Zealand Representative
  • Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine Committee - Aotearoa New Zealand Representative
  • Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine Committee – Trainee Representative
  • Northern Territory Committee – Adult Medicine Division Representative
  • Tasmanian Committee – Paediatric Child Health Division Representative
  • Western Australian Committee – Adult Medicine Division Representative

To view the position descriptions and nomination forms for the College body vacancies, please register using the button below.

Nominate for a College body vacancy

Nominate

All candidates must read and comply with: 


Election timeline

 
Event Date for Board vacancies Date for College Body vacancies  
President Introduce the May 2024 Elections

Friday 15 December 2023

Friday 15 December 2023
Formally Announce Elections and Call for Nominations 
Provide access to the election materials via the RACP website
Thursday 18 January 2024 Thursday 18 January 2024
Nominations Close  Monday 26 February 2024 Friday 16 February 2024
Declaration of Nominees for all relevant positions and arrange election for all positions with more than one nominee. Wednesday 28 February 2024 Wednesday 28 February 2024
Last day for withdrawal of Nomination Thursday 14 March 2024 Thursday 14 March 2024
Open online voting 
Email broadcast/post voting instructions to members.
Friday 15 March 2024 Friday 15 March 2024
Voting Closes Tuesday 16 April 2024 
*(Easter 29 March to 1 April 2024)
Tuesday 16 April 2024 
*(Easter 29 March to 1 April 2024)
Announce Provisional Results and notify new Directors (term starts at end of AGM)
(RESULTS PROVISIONAL PENDING AUDIT VERIFICATION)
Wednesday 24 April 2024 Wednesday 24 April 2024
Declare election results for all positions at the AGM  Friday 17 May 2024 Friday 17 May 2024

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 position.

If the number of valid nominees is greater than the number of vacant positions, a ballot will be held. Valid nominees will be asked to provide a Candidate Statement (500 words maximum) and a headshot photograph for publishing to support their candidacy.

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

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
RACP Strategic Plan 2022-2026
Board and governance
College structure

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 2022-2026

The RACP Strategic Plan 2022-2026 defines where the College wants to be in the future, it sets out the 4 strategic focus areas with underlying priorities to achieve the strategic goals and add value to the membership.

Strategic experience and capacity

Ideally, prospective RACP Directors must demonstrate relevant experience and a capacity to operate strategically in one 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

The position description covering the open Board position 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 the 5 Governance Standards that 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 Directors and 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

Help and Support

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Website: racp.edu.au/contact-us

Telephone (Australia): 1300 697 227 or +61 2 9256 5444

Telephone (Aotearoa New Zealand): 0508 697 227 or +64 4 472 6713

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