Proposed constitutional changes – e-vote

All fellows will be invited to participate in an e-vote for a minor amendment to the ANZCA Constitution that safeguards the college leadership.


This vote proposes two changes to clauses within the ANZCA Constitution. The changes would protect the roles of president and president-elect in the event of either incumbent being required to stand for re-election as part of the three yearly councillor election cycle. The effect of the changes would result in stability and certainty in the leadership of ANZCA and its governing council. The risks to ANZCA resulting from this uncertainty became clear during the COVID-19 pandemic where leadership stability was critical.  


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 is potential under the current ANZCA Constitution for the president or president-elect to lose their seat on council, requiring them to vacate their role. To date this has not happened, however it has been identified as a key risk to the stability of ANZCA and 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.

While the proposed constitutional change would mean 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. The proposed changes are marked up in the attached document.

You can read more about this in the president's message published in the Spring ANZCA Bulletin.  

Have your say

On 19 October all fellows will be invited via ANZCA's third party e-vote provider (Election Runner) to participate in an e-vote for a minor amendment to the ANZCA constitution that safeguards the college leadership by addressing an anomaly in the election of office-holders. A majority of 75 per cent of fellows voting is required for constitutional amendments to be made, so please make your vote count on this important issue for ANZCA. The e vote will close on 15 November.

Fellows are reminded to check that their email address is up to date to ensure they can vote on this very important matter. If possible, please nominate your personal email account, as we are aware that many hospital firewalls are set up to protect individuals or complex networks. Firewalls filter incoming and outgoing email-server traffic based on a set of rules determined by the firewall administrator.

Last updated 18:25 14.10.2021