Retirement and reinstatement

Fellows’ retirement options

Planning your path to retirement provides you with the opportunity to decide how you would like to conclude your career in O&G. Preparing in advance and knowing your options can help you to confidently undertake this often challenging process.

Interested in your retirement options? Use the information below to assist your transition from active clinical practice to retirement.

Become a semi-retired Fellow

In recognition of the skills and knowledge that senior Fellows possess and to encourage continued involvement in medical education, surgical assisting and other relevant areas through a reduced scope of practice, the College has introduced a membership category of Semi-Retired Fellow.

This category of membership offers a reduced annual subscription of 50% for Fellows approaching the end of their career. You may be eligible for semi-retired status if you meet the following criteria:

are a current financial member of RANZCOG

earn an annual, pre-tax medical income of not more than AUD$80,000 (or equivalent)

are actively practising as a Fellow of RANZCOG (see College Statement for exceptions)

Semi-retired Fellows are held to the same CPD requirements as Fellows and must complete their Annual Renewal.


Fellows wishing to access the Semi-Retired Fellow subscription rate can refer to the College statement on Semi-retired RANZCOG Fellow (WPI 24) for details of the scope of practice and declaration form.

To apply, please complete the online Semi-Retired Fellows Reduced Subscription Application Form. Following acceptance of your application, a confirmation of the subscription to be paid will then be forwarded to you.

Retire from active clinical practice

You may be eligible to become a retired Fellow if you are completely and permanently retired from practice as a specialist obstetrician and/or gynaecologist and no longer acting as an expert witness in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology, except in:

cases for which you have already provided an opinion prior to the date of signing this Confirmation of Retirement; and

cases which deal with medical practices current during any time you were in active practice as a specialist obstetrician and/or gynaecologist and prior to signing the Confirmation of Retirement.

As a retired Fellow, you are no longer required to complete CPD or annual renewal. Retired Fellows may use the post-nominal FRANZCOG (ret).

Please see Steps to complete your retirement, below, if you wish to begin the process.

Steps to complete your retirement

There are several steps required for you to complete your retirement:


Complete the RANZCOG Retirement Declaration online form.


Contact the Medical Board of Australia or the Medical Council of New Zealand to change your registration status.


When a practice closes, patient medical records are to be managed in accordance to legal, regulatory and professional standards. This can encompass a range of data including consultation notes, correspondence, referrals, investigations and results, photographs, video footage and appointment records. The below College guideline provides more information.

Mental health and wellbeing through retirement

For many doctors, retiring can be challenging, with ongoing financial commitments, sensing a loss of purpose, or a concern about a lack of intellectual stimulation. 

Stay engaged

So that you can continue to stay informed about women’s health, as a retired Fellow you will still receive the following from the College:

Four issues of O&G Magazine per year (as well as online access)

Six issues of ANZJOG per year (as well as online access)

Connect, our weekly members-only newsletter

The AOFOG Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research, if you have elected to receive this.

Re-entry for Fellows

The RANZCOG re-entry and retraining programs have been developed to support the vision of ‘excellence in women’s health’ by assisting Fellows who wish to return to active practice following a prolonged absence or who have identified themselves as requiring retraining, or have been identified by a Regional Health Board, Medical Board or Medical Council as requiring retraining.

The requirements for returning to practice include catching up on missed CPD, repaying missing years of annual renewal fees, and obtaining specialist registration from the Australian Medical Board or New Zealand Medical Council.

View the below policy for more information:

For more information, please contact the CPD team:

Related fees
Fellowship Review Application Fee
$394 inc GST
$445 inc GST
Submit with application
Fellowship Re-instatement Application Fee
$1,219 inc GST
$1,377 inc GST
Submit with application

Reinstatement for Diplomates and Certificants

The Reinstatement to the Register of Certificate Holders, Diplomates or Advanced Diplomates Policy applies to previously registered RANZCOG Certificants or Diplomates who are currently practicing and would like to be reinstated to the Register. A RANZCOG Certificant or Diplomate may have been removed from the register for a variety of reasons such as:

resigned or removed from the Register due to unfinancial status;

resigned or removed from the Register due to non-completion of women’s reproductive health requirements;

no longer practicing intrapartum care/shared care; or

travelling/working overseas for a period of time.

View the below policy for application information, and note that applicants must hold current medical registration with either the Medical Board of Australia or the Medical Council of New Zealand. Applicants who hold non-practicing medical registration are not eligible for reinstatement to the Register.

The Reinstatement Application fee is required to be paid before the TAR Subcommittee will consider your application.

Related fees
Diplomate Re-instatement Application Fee
$394 inc GST
$445 inc GST
Submit with application
Diplomate Re-instatement to the Register Admin Fee
$394 inc GST
$445 inc GST
Submit with application

Resign from your membership

To resign from your Diplomate or certificant membership, please email us:



If you have any questions, you can contact the Membership team:

Phone: +61 3 9114 3960

For enquiries relating to Continuing Professional Development, please contact the CPD team:

Phone: +61 3 9417 1699