- To promote the study of, and research into, dermatology
- To maintain high standards of practice and ethics in dermatology
- To conduct courses of study and training for specialist qualification
- To conduct conferences in dermatology
- To publish The Australasian Journal of Dermatology and provide a resource for communication of dermatological topics to the community, the media, industry and governments
There are about 380 practising Fellows of College in Australia and over 90 College trainees. Within College, special interest groups include dermatological surgery, contact dermatitis, paediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, genital disorders, laser therapy, superficial radiotherapy, photomedicine and cosmetic dermatology.
Public educational initiatives such as lectures, workshops and media interviews are undertaken by College Fellows on a regular basis. As well, College provides a valuable source of information and advice for government and industry concerning skin disease and skin cancers, including malignant melanoma. Research projects are undertaken by professorial departments of dermatology in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. The Skin and Cancer Foundations in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland also participate in research projects as well as offering more subspecialised services in dermatology.