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Council of Censors

Council members


The Council of Censors (CoC) role is to ensure the RACGP adopts and maintains an equitable, defensible, nationally consistent and coordinated approach to establishing and maintaining standards relating to education, training and assessment, to certification, re-certification and admission, and, to the recognition of qualifications and general practice experience. Admission to an RACGP Fellowship provides legal, professional, social, and financial standing, entailing both privileges and responsibilities within the Australian community. The CoC plays a key role in maintaining confidence that a doctor is competent to provide unsupervised safe general practitioner services for the Australian community. The CoC meets approximately 13 times per year. Its membership includes the Censor representatives from each state and territory as well as national representatives for rural health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

  • Provide education governance and ensure independence of decision-making
  • Provide independent support, guidance and advice to the RACGP Board, the CEO, management and medical educators on the development, delivery, evaluation and ongoing improvement of all elements of the Fellowship programs
  • Approve policy amendments and endorse education policy for recommendation to the Education and Workforce Committee in line with current delegation
  • Ratify results and decisions, including exam and assessment results
  • Determine eligibility requirements for entry into a pathway to Fellowship; requirements to remain on the pathway; and requirements for completion of training
  • Determine whether or not an individual candidate or a defined cohort has met or will be able to meet the requirements for entry to a pathway to Fellowship, completion of a pathway to Fellowship, eligibility for Fellowship assessment, completion of Fellowship assessment, completion of requirements for Fellowship and admission to Fellowship
  • Oversee the Fellowship assessments, the implementation of the assessment framework and the quality assurance processes of those assessments
  • Provide oversight to candidate exam support, preparation and feedback, ensuring that candidates who have limited remaining exam attempts are appropriately identified and supported
  • Carry out any other advisory function specifically delegated by the Board.


  • Dr Tess Van Duuren - Censor in Chief
  • Dr Joanna Bruce - Censor for NSW & ACT
  • Dr Rachel Chen - Censor for SA & NT
  • Dr Erica Clarke - Censor for WA
  • Dr Kati Davies - Censor for NSW & ACT
  • Dr Chris Hughes - Censor for TAS
  • Dr Nick Hummel - Censor for QLD
  • Dr Ed Vergara - Censor for Victoria
  • Dr Ken Wanguhu – National Rural Censor
  • Vacant - National Censor for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

Progression Review Committee (PRC) - an integral part of the RACGP's progressive assessment framework and workplace-based assessment program. The purpose of each PRC is to oversee registrar progression through their general practice training and monitor registrar competency development to ensure that there is progress towards the standard expected at Fellowship. The PRC sets out to achieve rigour, fairness, and transparency in the RACGP progressive assessment process in a nationally consistent manner for all registrars working towards Fellowship across all training posts.
Assessment and Exam Incident Committee – functions to assist the Council of Censors in assuring the validity of exam results by providing advice and recommendations about assessment and exam incidents.
Specialist International Medical Graduate Committee - oversees the assessment of specialist international medical graduates (SIMGs) as they work towards Fellowship of the RACGP, provides guidance and oversight for the assessment of SIMGs and supports the Council of Censors to ensure fairness for all candidates and compliance with the requirements of the Ahpra.