Information on ANZCA Council, FPM Board, and regional and national committee elections, including upcoming elections, eligibility, and campaigning rules.

ANZCA Council elections

The ANZCA Council election process is described in the ANZCA Constitution and should be read in conjunction with regulation 41.

FPM Board elections

The FPM Board election process is covered by by-law 1.

Regional and national committees

ANZCA regional and national committee elections are covered under regulation 3. FPM regional and national committee elections are covered by by-law 15.

ANZCA trainee committee elections

Trainee committee elections in each Australian region and New Zealand are covered in regulation 16. Trainees elected as chairs of their regional or national committee form the ANZCA Trainee Committee.

Campaigning during elections

Candidates participating in council, board and committee elections must act honestly and with integrity when campaigning.

  • They must ensure that their campaigns and campaign materials are accurate and not misleading and must not involve ANZCA or FPM staff to canvass for votes.

  • They are responsible for the actions of their campaign and for their campaign materials, including controlling (where controllable) the materials written about them by third parties.

  • They must clearly state in any messages communicated when soliciting members’ votes that they are acting on their own behalf, using their own resources, independent of the college.

  • Candidates are permitted to use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media to campaign for votes, however, a disclaimer should be clearly published stating that campaign material expresses the views of the candidate and not the official position of ANZCA or FPM.

  • All candidates should be aware of the ANZCA Social Media Policy. This includes references to resources that also represent and guide best practice in using social media for medical professionals.

  • Candidates should also refer to the codes of conduct for the Medical Board of Australia (Good Medical Practice - A Code of Conduct for Doctors in Australia), and the Medical Council of New Zealand (Good Medical Practice).

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Council roles terms of office voting rights

The table below provides a description of each council role, the term of office, maximum length of term and whether the position has voting rights. Additional people may be invited to attend for sections of a council meeting, for example the general manager, finance or legal advisor.




Maximum term

Voting rights

Voting members of council

Elected members

12 fellows

Three years, but eligible for re-election at end of term

12 years


Elected new fellow

Elected by fellows (must be a fellow less than three years)

Two years

Two years

Yes (excluding vote for office bearers or officers of council).

Co-opted representative

FPM dean 

Term of tenure as dean

Term of tenure as dean


Co-opted members

If among elected members there is no representation of New Zealand or any one state of Australia, the council can co-opt a fellow on the advice of the particular regional or national committee.

Appointed annually

Three years

Yes (excluding vote for office bearers or for officers of council).

Non-voting members of council

Co-opted observers

President of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists

President of the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists

President or representative of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

President of the College of Intensive Care Medicine

Chair of the New Zealand National Committee

Chair(s) of the ANZCA Trainee Committee

No set term.

Determined by the term of the specialist body.

No set term.

Determined by the term of the specialist body.

No (but may contribute to discussions at council by invitation of the president).

In attendance

CEO and

executive director of professional affairs

Period of employment

Period of employment

No (but may contribute to discussions at council by invitation of the president).

One regional chair

None (rotated among Australian states and territories at each meeting)


No (but may contribute to discussions at council by invitation of the president).

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Last updated 09:07 30.06.2020