Constitutional changes – e-vote results

24 November 2021

The outcome of the e-vote held 19 October and closed 19 November was 81 per cent (869 votes) in favour and 19 per cent (206 votes) opposed.

The proposed changes have been passed and the ANZCA Constitution has been updated.


The ANZCA Constitution was created when the college was first established in 1992. Since then, there have been 10 amendments (the last in May 2019) relating to operational or process-related functions. The experience of COVID-19 highlighted the importance of strong leadership and stability in turbulent times. Clear and resilient governance is important in such times, and the president is central to achieving that. There was potential under the current ANZCA Constitution for the president or president-elect to lose their seat on council, requiring them to vacate their role if their three year term came up for re-election whilst holding one of these positions. To date this has not happened, however it was identified as a key risk to the stability of ANZCA as well as a reputational risk. 

The fellowship elects ANZCA Council and these elected councillors annually elect the president and president-elect after careful consideration of the individual’s suitability for the role and their contributions to ANZCA. The roles of president and president-elect require careful planning to ensure preparedness for the significant personal, professional and time commitments required for these unpaid roles that contribute so much to the profession and the college. Often clinical and other professional commitments need to be reduced to part-time and personal arrangements are reassessed.

The constitutional change means that a councillor potentially has a term longer than three years, this would only impact the president or president-elect when their term was due to end, and the extension would only last while they occupied that role. 

Last updated 15:19 27.06.2022