Objective: This paper traces the background of involvement and increasing external activity of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) in the policy and project area. Conclusions: Throughout 2008, representatives of the RANZCP paused to review progress and celebrate successes in the implementation of the College's stated aim to develop an externally focussed policy agenda. A summary of key activities across the past 4-5 years is outlined, including the key leadership role undertaken by the RANZCP in the recent formation of the Mental Health Professionals Association's partnership. Tracing the history of the establishment of the RANZCP externally focussed policy functions, the paper provides details of the extensive range of projects and activities undertaken to date. Also highlighted is the broad range of resources that have been developed and are now available for College members including trainees. The progress achieved to date is reflective of RANZCP's deliberate strategic actions and intent to work more closely with others and take an increasingly active role in the development of mental health policy and service delivery standards across the Australian and New Zealand landscape. The functions are now embedded with the College's newly revised Strategic Plan.