Medical Officers

The current enterprise agreement can be found here PDF (3.7 MB).

These bulletins only apply to employees covered by the Medical Officers Northern Territory Public Sector 2018 – 2021 Enterprise Agreement.


The Medical Officer (NTPS) 2018-2021 Enterprise Agreement is due to expire on 31 December 2021, and the Australian Salaried Medical Officers’ Federation NT and I have agreed to commence bargaining for a new agreement.

Initial bargaining meeting

The initial bargaining meeting is scheduled as follows:

Date: Wednesday, 30 June 2021
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: NT House, Level 6, Gurrumbuy Room, 22 Mitchell Street, Darwin

Bargaining representatives

The Fair Work Act 2009 imposes rights and obligations on employers, unions and employees with respect to the bargaining process. Attached for your information is the required statutory Notice of Employee Representational Rights, advising employees of the right to be represented in relation to the bargaining process.

Instruments of appointment for bargaining representatives can be forwarded before the initial meeting (or at any time during the bargaining process) to or:

Attention: Employee Relations
Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment
GPO Box 4371
Darwin NT 0801

Bargaining representatives are requested to contact my Office on 8999 4282 to confirm meeting dates.

More information

Regular updates in relation to the bargaining process will be posted to the OCPE website. Information on bargaining in general can be obtained at or you can contact the Fair Work Commission information line on 1300 799 675.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
June 2021

The first negotiation meeting for a new Medical Officer Enterprise Agreement was held on Wednesday,
7 July 2021.  This meeting was attended by representatives of the Australian Salaried Medical Officers’ Federation (NT), the Department of Health and my Office.

We had a productive meeting with all parties listening and taking time to understand each other’s proposals and claims.  I advised that I am seeking an enterprise agreement that falls within the Northern Territory Public Sector Bargaining Policy 2021- 2024 with improved conditions of employment and some efficiency measures.

We will continue to work constructively together over the coming months to finalise a proposed new agreement.  It is my intention to bargain/negotiate issues so I can present a formal offer to employees before the expiry of the agreement on 31 December 2021.

It is important you are kept informed on the progress of negotiations as these proposals relate to your employment.

Details of the employer’s proposals

Below is an outline of the employer’s proposed conditions:

  • $1000 lump sum payment per annum
  • A four year agreement with an expiry date of 31 December 2025
  • Improve the existing Rural Generalist Trainee Program by introducing the new classification of Pre-Vocational Rural Generalist Trainee and Vocational Rural Generalist Trainee, modelled on the National Rural Generalist Pathway
  • Introduce an additional salary level for the Rural Generalist classification
  • Paid cultural leave up to three hours to attend the NAIDOC March and approved related activities, where time off in lieu is not available
  • Move Foster and Kinship carer’s leave into the enterprise agreement
  • Move the majority of leave related By-laws into the enterprise agreement (e.g. leave without pay, miscellaneous leave and defence leave)
  • Increase compassionate leave to five days (up from three) on the occasion of the death of employee’s immediate family member
  • Improved compassionate leave provisions to include three days paid leave on the death of an employee’s extended family member (e.g. aunt / uncle / niece / nephew / first cousin)
  • New miscarriage provision to be covered under compassionate leave, of three days paid leave
  • Inclusion of ‘flexible-lifestyle leave’ to support work life balance and improve entitlement to allow purchase of up to eight weeks leave
  • Enhance existing entitlements to support family responsibilities for an employee to have the right to return from parental leave on a part-time basis for up to six months
  • New entitlement for pre-natal leave to allow for a pregnant employee and an employee whose partner is pregnant, access up to eight hours paid leave per pregnancy for the purpose of attending pregnancy-related medical appointments
  • Paid leave for pre-adoption interviews (up to eight hours). Paid leave for permanent care order applications and interview for foster and kinship carers (up to eight hours)
  • Support diversity at work by introducing a new entitlement for gender transition leave (four weeks paid leave and 12 months unpaid)
  • Improve existing miscellaneous leave entitlement to allow an employee to access up to two hours paid leave per annum for mental health screening / cancer screening
  • Where time off in lieu is not available, employees within three years of the superannuation accruing age (currently 65) will have will have up to two hours paid leave per annum to seek independent financial advice on their superannuation options
  • Include principles for a casual employee to have the right to request conversion to ongoing / fixed employment after 12 months casual employment

Note: improvements to leave provisions will require the same notice and documentary evidence requirementsbulletin 5

Have your say – your feedback is important

Should you wish to express a view on the proposals or make a suggestion, you can provide your feedback to me by emailing

More information

Regular updates in relation to the Medical Officer bargaining process will be posted to the
OCPE website.  Information on bargaining in general can be obtained at or you can contact the Fair Work Commission information line on 1300 799 675.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
7 July 2021

Important Information about Employee Representational Rights in Enterprise Bargaining Negotiations

Last updated: 12 July 2021

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