Ama Victoria – Victorian Public Health Sector Medical Specialists Enterprise Agreement

On July 31, members of AMA Victoria/ASMOF gathered to learn about current disputes with Victorian Health Services. AMA Victoria intends to submit to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) a “compendium” dispute, which covers the following: the more “localized” modelling method also implies a more direct link between the EBA`s costs and the application of the DFM indexation for each public hospital or health service to determine appropriate additional financial resources. This in turn means that, if the division has calculated the indexation of the DFM as costs consistent with or above the EBA in a given financial year (or year), no additional funding will be made in the corresponding year (or years). Yes, on February 14, 2018, the government approved two agreements, one for young and senior medical staff. These agreements will go to a vote by hospital doctors in March. The terms and conditions of employment of specialists employed in Victorian public hospitals are defined by the AMA Victoria – Victorian Public Health Sector Sector Specialists Enterprise Agreement 2013. The proposed new company agreements include certain provisions on savings/compensation as well as the benefits arising from the service delivery plan agreed between the parties. The realisation of these benefits will help to cover the costs of the day-to-day implementation of new or improved benefits for workers. The amount of the additional funding to be provided includes these savings/compensations. The ministry will not consider any review of the funding of this corporate agreement unless the public hospital or health unit has clearly and fully identified the nature and appropriateness of what is considered an “unfunded” cost. In addition, the public hospital or health service must demonstrate that it has identified and used all sources of funding and disposable revenue that could help cover the costs in question.

If you do not believe that these principles have been adhered to by your health department, discuss them with your medical department of human resources. If you do not resolve the matter to your satisfaction, please contact AMA Victoria`s Labour Relations team at (03) 9280 8722. One of our goals was intergovernmental parity. Current agreements between states have wage increases of 2% to 2.5% pa and relatively few changes in terms and conditions of employment. This package puts Victoria better in terms of wages and intergovernmental conditions. As soon as the new agreements come into force, public hospitals and public health services must ensure that the 3% wage increase is applied to wages to be paid from the first full salary period starting on or after 1 January 2018, at the same “basic amounts” as those applied to the 6% wage increase.