The RANZCP is a company limited by guarantee. It is governed by its General Council, a democratically-elected Board of Directors which oversees a wide range of issues concerning the affairs and activities of the College, and is its supreme policy-making body.
The College comprises Branches in each State and Territory of Australia, and New Zealand. Its governance structure also includes boards, faculties, sections and special interest groups. All Fellows of the College may seek to change policy or to initiate new policy through the state, territory and national branches, boards, committees, faculties and sections of the College.
The College's Chief Executive Officer and Company Secretary is Mr Andrew Peters.
In 2013, the College will be moving to a new governance model; see below for details.
►Diagram of the College's governance structure [PDF; 50 KB]
►College committee membership list
New governance model
In 2011–2012 the College undertook an independent external review of the governance structures, functions and operations of General Council.
This external review resulted in a comprehensive report and recommendations document, and a proposed new governance model for the College.
A new Constitution was adopted by College Fellows in August 2012 and took effect immediately. Under the new governance model, the General Council is replaced by a smaller governing body titled the Board and a new members' advisory group will be established, called the Members' Advisory Council (MAC).
The new governance model will commence at the conclusion of the College’s Annual General Meeting in May 2013. During the interim period, the current General Council will act as the Board.
►Download the RANZCP Constitution.
Prior to October 2007, the College was governed by its Memorandum and Articles of Association. On 6 October 2007, the Constitution of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists came into effect. The new Constitution was adopted on 3 August 2012.
For further information on the RANZCP's governance arrangements:
Annual General Meeting