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Terms of Reference of Jurisdictional Committees
Approval Date: February 2016
Review Date: February 2019
Review By: Board


1. Purpose of Regulation

This Regulation sets out:

These Regulations revoke and replace the following Regulations:

2. Background

Jurisdictions and jurisdictional committees are established under clause 15 of the College Constitution (‘Constitution’).

The role of jurisdictions, set out in clause 15.5 of the Constitution, is to

Clause 15.6 of the Constitution provides that jurisdictional committees are responsible for leading the jurisdiction in all its activities. Each jurisdictional committee may exercise any power delegated to it by the Board from time to time, but in the absence of a specific delegation is to act in an advisory capacity only.

The Board may, under clause 12.2.5 of the Constitution, make regulations for the establishment, regulation and dissolution of committees. These regulations are made, pursuant to that power, to make further provision for the establishment and regulation of jurisdictional committees.

3. Terms of Reference of Jurisdictional Committees

For the purpose of meeting the responsibilities of a jurisdictional committee under the Constitution, the terms of reference of each jurisdictional committee shall be to:


4. Responsibilities of Members of jurisdictional committees

Each person who is a member or office bearer of a jurisdictional committee is responsible, in accordance with the terms of reference set out in regulation 3, for ensuring that the jurisdiction performs the role set out in clause 15.5 of the Constitution.

Members and office bearers of jurisdictional committees are expected to:

Members and office bearers of jurisdictional committees must:

A member of a jurisdictional committee is not entitled to any fees or remuneration in respect of his or her membership of the Committee or participation in Committee activities.

5. Jurisdictional Committee Finances

Jurisdictional committees who wish to seek or apply for funding or payment from external bodies must comply with the following requirements:

Jurisdictional committees may apply to the Chief Executive for supplementary grants from the College for initiatives and/or committee operating costs. Such requests should be made by February for the following financial year to enable appropriate budgeting. Allocation of such supplementary grants to jurisdictional committees must be approved by the Finance and Audit Committee.


6. Meetings of Jurisdictional Committees

The Constitution sets out the following requirements for meetings of jurisdictional committees:

These Regulations provide further:


7. General Meetings of Jurisdictions 

The Constitution sets out the following requirements for meetings of jurisdictions:

These Regulations provide further:


8. Annual Meeting of Jurisdictional Committees, Chairs, Board Representatives and Officeholders 

The Constitution requires that there be an annual meeting between members of the Board, the chairperson of the Education and Training Committee and the chairpersons of each jurisdictional committee. The Constitution sets out the following requirements:

These Regulations provide further:


9. Membership of Jurisdictional Committees

Clause 15.6 of the Constitution provides that each jurisdiction must elect a jurisdictional committee consisting of a chairperson who is a Fellow and at least 3 other Members, as determined by the jurisdiction from time to time. A jurisdictional committee must be comprised of Members who reside in or who have joined that jurisdiction in accordance with clause 15.4. The majority of the members of the jurisdictional committee must be Fellows.

Clause 15.10 of the Constitution provides that casual vacancies on any jurisdictional committee may be filled by the remaining members of the jurisdictional committee from among the Members who reside in or who have joined the jurisdiction.

These regulation make further provision in relation membership and election of jurisdictional committees.

The Board may determine the size and composition of jurisdictional committees from time to time, and for that purpose may determine that a specified number of positions on a committee are reserved for a particular class of Member, provided that no committee may have fewer than four members, and provided also that the majority of members of the committee are Fellows. Each committee should as far as possible include as members:

A Members who is a Fellow or Associate Fellow shall be elected to a jurisdictional committee for a term of three years, but may be re-elected for one further term .

A Member who is a Candidate shall be elected to a jurisdictional committee for a term of two years or until the end of his or her Candidacy (whichever is sooner).

10. Jurisdictional Committee Elections 

Clause 15.10 of the Constitution provides that casual vacancies on any jurisdictional committee may be filled by the remaining members of the jurisdictional committee from among the Members who reside in or who have joined the jurisdiction.

These regulations make further provision in relation to membership and election of jurisdictional committees.

Elections for jurisdictional committees shall be held at such times and, subject to this Regulation, in such manner, as the Board determines.

The Board shall appoint a returning officer to oversee the nomination and election process and report to the Board. The RACMA National Office will co-ordinate nominations and the conduct of the election.

Where the Board has determined that a specified number of positions on a jurisdictional committee is reserved for a particular class of Member or classes of Member, voting will take place within the classes of membership so determined.

11. Nominations 


A Member who resides in or who has joined a jurisdiction may nominate for election as a member of the jurisdictional committee of that jurisdiction, provided that all membership and other fees that the Member is required to have paid to the College have been paid. A Member who wishes to nominate for election to a jurisdictional committee must:

If the number of nominations for positions in a membership class:

An election for membership of a jurisdictional committee may be conducted by postal or electronic ballot.

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