Bulletin 2 - Negotiations have commenced - issued 9 July 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 NTPS 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 4 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 5 days (up from 3) on the occasion of the death of employee’s immediate family member
  • Improved compassionate leave provisions to include 3 days paid leave on the death of an employee’s extended family member (eg. aunt, uncle, niece, nephew or first cousin)
  • New miscarriage provision to be covered under compassionate leave, of 3 days paid leave
  • Inclusion of ‘flexible-lifestyle leave’ to support work life balance and improve entitlement to allow purchase of up to 8 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 6 months
  • New entitlement for pre-natal leave to allow for a pregnant employee and an employee whose partner is pregnant, access up to 8 hours paid leave per pregnancy for the purpose of attending pregnancy-related medical appointments
  • Paid leave for pre-adoption interviews (up to 8 hours). Paid leave for permanent care order applications and interview for foster and kinship carers (up to 8 hours)
  • Support diversity at work by introducing a new entitlement for gender transition leave (4 weeks paid leave and 12 months unpaid)
  • Improve existing miscellaneous leave entitlement to allow an employee to access up to 2 hours paid leave per annum for mental health screening / cancer screening
  • Where time off in lieu is not available, employees within 3 years of the superannuation accruing age (currently 65) will have will have up to 2 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 requirements.bulletin 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 enquiries.ocpe@nt.gov.au.

More information

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

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
9 July 2021

Last updated: 04 May 2022

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