Faculty council overview


Background

The RACGP faculties are established by the RACGP’s Constitution, and governed by the Faculty Regulations. There are State and Territory based regional Faculties, and four specialised National Faculties.

Each Faculty is governed by its Council, which oversees and advises on activities related to patient care, clinical practice, education, continuing professional development, and research within their Faculty.

With the exception of the National Faculty of Specific Interests, which is governed by the chairs of its specific interest networks, 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.

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, such as, Faculty Censor.

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 eligible 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 (which must be held 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. By virtue of their election, Chairs automatically become a Director on the RACGP’s Board.

Faculty Deputy Chairs are elected at the first Faculty Council meeting following the Faculty Member Meeting. One or more Deputy Chairs 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 (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.

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