RACDS Governance

 "  on the first day of October 1972 the said Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons Incorporated is desirous of having Armorial Ensigns duly assigned with lawful authority and having received the Royal Approbation for the inclusion within such Armorial Ensigns of a representation of the Royal Crown "


Anthony R Wagner – Garter Principal King of Arms

John R B Walker - Clarenceux King of Arms

Walter J Verco - Commander Royal Victorian Order of Norry and Ulster


Her Excellency The Rt Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy
The Governor-General of New Zealand 


Corporate Governance

The RACDS Council has 12 elected members:

The President, the President Elect, Past President, Censor-in-Chief, Honorary Treasurer, Executive Officer and six Members or Fellows. At least one of the 12 Councillors must be a Member or Fellow from each of the New Zealand and Asian regions.

As a Board of Directors, the Council is responsible for:

  • Determining the RACDS mission, purpose and strategic priorities
  • Ensuring effective planning and performance against plans
  • Monitoring and strengthening programs and services
  • Ensuring effective communication with members
  • Selecting, determining remuneration, supporting and evaluating the Chief Executive Officer
  • Ensuring adequate resources
  • Protecting assets and providing proper financial oversight
  • Ensuring legal and ethical integrity
  • Assessing its own performance
  • Enhancing the College's public standing
  • Appointing committees.

View or download information for:
Councillors Bios
The College Constitution
The College By Laws
2017 - 2020 Strategic Plan
Organisation Chart
Commitments and Responsibilities as a Councillor

Governance Beyond 2020

RACDS is now a Company Limited by Guarantee. To ensure that the College has a contemporary governance structure to take the organisation forward, the Council is proposing governance changes for 2020. The Council will be seeking feedback from the College community on the proposed governance changes, prior to a vote of the membership to take place in November 2019. The proposed changes will position the College well for the future and increase the voice of the membership.

Click here to find out further information about the proposed governance changes.

Education Governance

Education governance and policy is provided through the Education Policy Board (EPB):

Council Member (Chair)
Censor in Chief
President – Elect
Registrar Representative (Nominated by Registrars)
Internal Subject Matter Expert (Fellow/Member)
Internal Subject Matter Expert (Fellow/Member)

The Education Board is supported by the Director of Education and includes two external subject matter experts.

Education Policy Board responsibilities:

  • to maintain quality assurance of all educational and examination activities
  • to monitor, evaluate and advise on outcomes of educational and examination activities
  • to develop educational standards and policy which guide the delivery and examination of Membership and Fellowship programs
  • to provide oversight of the overall assessment and examination approach
  • to maintain best practice in education standards
  • to advise Council on partnership arrangements and Memoranda of Understanding with other education providers, associations and societies

Speciality Boards of Studies

Each Specialist Dental Practice discipline is governed by a Board of Studies. 

Membership of the Boards includes members of the society or academy of that speciality and of the College, including the Registrar:

Clinical Governance

The Council and the EB oversee the education and training that directly contribute to improved clinical outcomes delivered by its Members and Fellows.  The Education Programs offered by the RACDS are benchmarked against Australasian and International Standards, allowing candidates an opportunity to excel in contemporary and predictable clinical practice.

The framework adopted by the RACDS to improve the quality of its education services and promote high standards of care via its education, training and examination for Membership or Fellowship, is based on:

These standards ensure that the clinical programs developed and delivered by the College are clinically safe and appropriate to patient care, enable participants to use the skills and knowledge acquired, are continuously monitored and improved, are patient focussed and fit for purpose.

The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Training Program is accredited by the Medical and Dental Councils of Australia and New Zealand.