The Board (Council)
The RACGP’s Council is its board of directors.
Council’s conduct is self-managed with reference to the RACGP Conflict of Interest Policy, the RACGP Member Code of Conduct and individual engagement agreements. Councillors are offered the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Program on commencement. Council is accountable to the RACGP members, with any changes to the Constitution subject to approval by a special majority of eligible members (75%) in general meeting.
The President’s allowance is approved annually at the Annual General Meeting by eligible members.
Directors have historically received payments from the RACGP. Increases have been approved by Council on an annual basis, usually aligned with the consumer price index.
Details of key management personnel compensation are included in the financial statement notes.
Council operations are outlined in policy and procedure frameworks. A copy of these, as well as the RACGP Constitution and other governance information, is available on the RACGP website.
Council consists of at least 11 RACGP members and may co-opt up to five additional individuals (who need not be members). Council currently has two such individuals.
Council members are called ‘councillors’. Eight councillors are drawn from the chairs of RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, RACGP Rural, RACGP NSW&ACT, RACGP Queensland, RACGP SA&NT, RACGP Tasmania, RACGP Victoria and RACGP WA. The RACGP President, Censor-in-Chief and Registrar Representative are elected by general ballot. Co-opted councillors are appointed by majority Council decision. Council elects its Chair and Vice‑President from within. The RACGP Constitution and the RACGP elections policy detail the process for councillor appointment.
Council is structured to maximise member representation (as opposed to skills or diversity). The President represents the general membership, the Censor-in-Chief represents the education committees, the Registrar Representative represents members enrolled in general practice training programs leading to Fellowship, and faculty chairs represent their faculty.
The ‘Directors’ report’ includes relevant details for the President, Chair, Censor-in-Chief, Registrar Representative, councillors and company secretary, including names and qualifications.
Role of Council
Council is responsible for the RACGP’s overall corporate governance and performance. Its objectives are stipulated in Part 1 of the Constitution, and its powers in Part 9 of the Constitution. Its role includes setting and periodically reviewing the RACGP’s strategy, and monitoring organisational and financial performance. Council focuses on a range of strategies, including summative and formative assessments, as part of its quality improvement activities. It is the ultimate decision-maker on clinical, educational and professional matters, and reserves a number of decisions of this nature for its determination.
Council and the Chief Executive Officer
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is appointed by Council and is responsible for the management of the RACGP in accordance with approved strategy, policies and delegated authority framework. Authority is delegated to the CEO in accordance with the Council Delegations of Authority policy. The CEO attends Board and Board Committee meetings; however, the CEO is not a director.
All RACGP staff members, including those in the senior leadership team, are subject to annual performance planning and reviews by their immediate supervisor. The CEO is reviewed by the Chair.
Part 3 of the RACGP Constitution establishes the RACGP’s faculties, and Part 7.1 appoints each faculty chair to be a councillor (except for RACGP Specific Interests).
Faculty committees are established by section 59(a)(vii) of the RACGP Constitution. They are constitutionally referred to as boards, but are more accurately defined as advisory bodies representing members’ interests. They perform a number of functions delegated by Council or initiated by their Chair.
Faculty committees consist of three member types – elected, ex officio and co-opted. Elected members are on the faculty committee pursuant to faculty elections, which are held each year as approximately half of the elected faculty committee members retire.
Part 10.3 of the RACGP Constitution authorises Council to establish board committees, and clinical, educational and professional committees. All such committees perform an advisory role; Council is the ultimate decision-maker on clinical, educational and professional matters. It reserves a number of decisions of this nature for its determination.
Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee
The Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee (FARM) is responsible for assisting Council to fulfil its oversight responsibility of the RACGP’s risk management, and controls and the integrity of the RACGP’s financial statements (among other things).
FARM comprises the RACGP President, two RACGP councillors (one of whom must be a faculty chair), an RACGP Fellow with financial, audit and/or risk management experience, and two independent members – one is the FARM Chair with financial, audit and/or risk management experience, and the other with expertise in information systems in a business setting.
RACGP expert committees
There are seven RACGP expert committees (RECs), each responsible for separate portfolios in areas of expertise considered crucial to the RACGP and to general practice. The RECs are General Practice Advocacy and Funding, Quality Care, Research, Standards for General Practices, Pre-Fellowship Education, Post-Fellowship Education, and eHealth and Practice Systems.
Each REC pursues a number of objectives within its area of expertise, including advising on the implementation of related initiatives; establishing links with relevant state, national and international groups; and increasing the profile of the RACGP. They also provide Council with assistance and advice within their area of expertise.
REC chairs are appointed by Council, with REC members appointed via a combination of expertise and expressions of interest.
Board of Censors
The Board of Censors (BoC) considers standards of clinical practice and competence, and assesses candidate competency concerning Fellowship eligibility. The BoC reports to the General Manager, Education Services, as the CEO’s delegate.
The BoC ensures the RACGP adopts a defensible, sustainable, unified and coordinated approach across all faculties for establishing and maintaining standards relating to assessment of candidates presenting for Fellowship. The BoC comprises the Censor-in-Chief, each faculty censor and up to two additional censors. The censors are employed on recommendation of the Censor-in-Chief and the General Manager, Education Services.
Board of Assessment
The Board of Assessment (BoA) considers standards of clinical practice and competence, and assesses candidate competency concerning Fellowship eligibility. The BoA reports to the General Manager, Education Services, as the CEO’s delegate.
The BoA ensures the RACGP adopts a defensible, sustainable, unified and coordinated approach across all faculties for establishing and maintaining standards relating to assessment of candidates presenting for Fellowship.
The BoA comprises all BoC members, Assessment Panel chairs, national examination coordinators, and a general practice registrar. The Assessment Panel chairs and national examination coordinators are employed on recommendation of the Censor-in-Chief and the General Manager, Education Services.