The RACGP faculties are established by the RACGP’s Constitution, and governed by the Faculty Regulations. Faculties exist as advisory bodies to the RACGP Board, and to represent members’ interests. There is a faculty for each state and territory, and three national faculties dealing with specific member focuses.
Each Faculty is governed by its Council, which is the representative advisory committee for continuing professional development, education, training, quality care, research and general practice advocacy within the faculty.
With the exception of RACGP Specific Interests, which is governed by its own charter, Faculties have similar composition and election requirements.
Faculty Council composition
Each Faculty Council consists of three member types:
- elected members
- ex officio members, and
- co-opted members.
Elected members sit on the Faculty Council pursuant to the Faculty’s elections (see below). The usual term for elected members is two years. Approximately half of the elected members retire each year, however are eligible for re-election for an unlimited number of terms.
Ex officio members sit on the Faculty Council by virtue of holding another office. For example, the Provost is appointed to that role within the RACGP, and is then entitled to sit on the Faculty Council because of it. Their entitlement to remain on the Faculty Council ends with their office.
Co-opted members sit on the Faculty Council pursuant to Faculty Council appointment. The term for co-opted members continues until the close of the next Faculty Member Meeting. The number of co-opted members must not exceed one third the total Faculty, or one half, for RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. Co-opted Faculty Council members have the same rights and privileges as other Faculty Council members.
Faculty Council office bearers
Each Faculty Council must elect its office bearers from among its members. Predominant among these are the Chair, Deputy Chair and Provost positions.
The Faculty Chair is elected at the first Faculty Council meeting following the Faculty Member Meeting in which the former Chair retired (ordinarily no later than one month prior to the RACGP Annual General Meeting), or whenever the Council does not otherwise have a Chair. Chairs ordinarily hold office until the close of the second RACGP Annual General Meeting following their election. Chairs automatically become an RACGP Councillor (RACGP director).
Faculty Deputy Chairs are elected at the first Faculty Council meeting following the Faculty Member Meeting. One or more may be elected. Deputy Chairs hold office on and from their election until the conclusion of the next Faculty Member Meeting.
The Faculty Provost is appointed at the first Faculty Council meeting following the Faculty Member Meeting in which the former Provost retired (ordinarily no later than one month prior to the RACGP Annual General Meeting), or whenever the Faculty does not otherwise have a Provost. Provost appointments occur in the alternate year to the ordinary election for their Faculty Chair.
For further information or queries, please contact your Faculty.