Governance structure

The RANZCP is governed by a Board of democratically-elected directors, led by the College President. The Board governs according to the RANZCP Constitution [PDF; 200 KB]
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The Board is provided with information and advice by the Members' Advisory Council, which also acts as a forum for College members to raise issues.

Six committees report directly to the Board:

These constituent committees of the Board, together with a number of other committees, provide advice and recommendations to the Board within their respective areas of responsibility. The governance structure also includes branches (in New Zealand and every state and territory of Australia), faculties, sections, special interest groups and networks.

For a full list of the College's committees and other governing bodies, see the Committees page. Also available is the governance structure chart [PDF; 50 KB].


The President Elect and Elected Directors are elected by the College’s Fellows. Committee members are elected and/or appointed in accordance with each committee's regulation. The initial terms for the current Board will be:

  • President and President Elect: 2 years
  • Elected Directors: 3 years

Subsequent terms will be in accordance with the College's Constitution. Calls for nominations are posted on the Elections page of the College website and in Psych-e Bulletin.

Annual general meeting

The RANZCP holds its Annual General Meeting once a year in conjunction with Congress.
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Member input

All members of the College may seek to change policy or to initiate new policy through the College's branches, committees, or subspecialty groups (faculties, sections, special interest groups and networks). These bodies channel member input via the Members' Advisory Council. Member feedback on membership-related issues can also be channelled via the Membership Engagement Committee.

If a member is dissatisfied with a decision made by the College, he/she can apply for reconsideration or appeal the decision.
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Governance model change

Following an independent review of the College's governance arrangements, a new RANZCP constitution was adopted by College Fellows in August 2012. The new governance model described in the constitution came into effect on 29 May 2013. Under the new governance arrangements, the General Council was replaced by the Board as the College's supreme governing body, and a Members' Advisory Council newly established to advise the Board.