The Royal Australian Historical Society (RAHS) is committed to good governance practices that support the organisation’s core goals. Overall, the Society is governed by the RAHS Council – a body of twelve representatives elected from financial members of the Society. The Council meets ten to twelve times a year and annually elects an executive committee to implement key strategic initiatives and support the Society’s staff in delivering core operational activities.

Below are the main governance information and policies that underpin how the Society makes its decisions and conducts its core activities.

The Royal Australian Historical Society is a not-for-profit organisation and is limited by guarantee. As a registered charity, it is subject to the rules of the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission (ACNC). Our charity details are available on the ACNC charity register.

ABN: 91 000 027 654

ACN: 000 027 654


The new RAHS Constitution was presented to members for approval at the 2013 Annual General Meeting. Download the RAHS Constitution.

Code of Conduct

Download the RAHS Code of Conduct, which includes working within the law, with RAHS resources, within RAHS goals and objectives and with integrity.


Download the RAHS Copyright Statement, which includes information on obtaining permission to use material and the RAHS’ Flickr Commons channel.


Download the RAHS Privacy Statement; this page also provides a link to the website of the Australian Privacy Commissioner.

Responsibilities – Key resources

History House, 133 Macquarie Street, is our home.  The Society is responsible for ensuring  will remain a living place of State Heritage significance through continuous conservation and stewardship in ways that are engaging and respect its heritage values, are environmentally sustainable, and fulfil the Society’s objectives. Read More about our home.

The RAHS library and archives are another core resources that the Society is responsible for and which support our educational and research roles. Learn more about our library.

Annual Report

Our Annual Report documents the Royal Australian Historical Society’s activities and allows an opportunity to reflect on the year’s achievements. Each report begins with a President’s address, followed by: a financial overview; analysis of services provided to our members, including lectures, excursions, seminars and workshops; a library report, which details how our members and the public have used our collection; a publications, website and digital media report that outlines our outputs on digital platforms and through the biannual Journal and quarterly History Magazine. Also included is the Society’s membership data and community engagement.

Here you will find three of the most recent Annual Reports. If members wish to access a previous year, please contact