Role of the RACGP Council

The RACGP Council Role of the RACGP Council

About the RACGP 60th Council

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) is governed by the RACGP Council.

Chair of RACGP Rural, Chair of RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, a general practice Registrar Representative, and any additional members co-opted by Council to the extent allowable under the RACGP Constitution.

The RACGP Council comprises of:

  • President
  • ​Censor-in-Chief
  • The Chair of each State/Territory Faculty
  • Chair of the National Rural Faculty
  • Chair of the National Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Chair of the Fincance Audit and Risk Management Committee
  • General Practice Registrar Representative, and
  • Any additional Council members co-opted by RACGP Council permitted under the RACGP Constitution

RACGP values

RACGP Councillors and staff are expected to uphold the workplace values of the RACGP. The RACGP’s values include:

Progressive leadership

Forward thinking and proactive leaders who lead by example and empower staff to create and drive innovation.


Honouring our Organisational Vision and Mission Statement by constantly striving for excellence in service delivery and advancement in the field.


Committed to acting with morality, integrity and transparency in serving the best interests of all stakeholders.


Dedicated professionals who respect and collaborate with others and are fully accountable for their actions.

Key responsibilities

To perform effectively in their role, RACGP Councillors are required to assume a range of responsibilities. Some of the responsibilities include but are not limited to governance:

  • Govern the RACGP on behalf of its members as a company director under the Corporations Act 2001
  • Be familiar with and adhere to the RACGP Constitution and relevant Faculty Regulations and College policies
  • As part of College Council determine and work within the strategic and policy direction of the RACGP
  • Work with the CEO to oversee the strategic direction of the College as determined by Council
  • Provide advice to the RACGP President, CEO, other Faculty Chairs and the Chairs of the National Standing Committees
  • As appropriate, actively contribute to the work of RACGP committees, taskforces and working groups and represent the College on external committees
  • Understand and declare any potential conflicts of interest especially those arising from vested interests
  • Contribute positively to the future development and forward view of the College within the changing health environment of the nation
  • Contribute to and support the agreed governance principles of: mutual trust and respect, leave nothing unspoken; foster a culture of open dissent, express clear and frank analysis of issues and ensure individual accountability whilst working collaboratively with other Councillors and the CEO


  • Attend the RACGP National conference, Academic Session, Annual General Meeting and Convocation and represent Council at meetings held at the conference as required
  • Provide 2 way conduit of information between Council and the College members that are represented by that Council member
  • Offer relevant experiences and perspectives for the benefit of RACGP as a whole
  • As appropriate, work closely and/or meet with:
    • Other RACGP Faculty Chairs, National Standing Committee Chairs and other Committee Chairs, State Health Ministers and other relevant Members of Parliament
    • Key Government stakeholders
    • Non-Government stakeholders
    • General practitioners and their staff
    • Other primary healthcare professionals
    • Universities (Medical schools)
    • Regional Training Providers

As an ideal candidate, you will

  • Have significant previous experience and a proven track record as a Board Director or equivalent
  • Have successfully completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) – Company Directors Course and/or willingness to commit to such training and all Board related education.
  • Have excellent written and verbal skills
  • Have a sound understanding of the principles of corporate governance (including appropriate training as above)
  • Possess demonstrated leadership abilities
  • Have a Fellowship of the RACGP
  • Possess good interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrate diplomacy skills
  • Possess proactive problem solving skills
  • Have excellent planning and time management skills
  • Have the ability to foster active debate on issues and ensure discussion is focused
  • Have the ability to reflect on ones own actions and encourage others to do same for the purposes of improving board processes


This role requires regular interaction with:

  • Other RACGP Councillors
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Senior Leadership Team members
  • Council Coordinator