AMA Victoria secures significant EBA deal

After extensive negotiations with the Victorian Government, the Australian Medical Association (AMA) Victoria and ASMOF have reached an in-principle agreement with the VHIA for two new enterprise agreements for the state’s public hospital doctors.

The cornerstone of these two EBAs (Doctors in Training and Specialists) is the significant increase in wages of 19.1% compounded.

The first salary increase will be 9%, effective from 1 January 2018. There will be a sign-on bonus of $2000 for full-time Doctors in Training, and $3500 for full-time Specialists, and an increase to Doctors in Training Continuing Medical Education (CME) allowance to compensate for increased medical training and specialist college fees.

In addition to the 19.1% compounded pay increase, other important elements of the new EBA include:


For Doctors in Training: 

  1. Rostered shifts down from 30 hours to a maximum of 16 hours per day. 
  2. A 10-hour break between work on one day and the next. 
  3. Night shifts to be limited to no more than 7 consecutive days. 
  4. Improvements to ensure the appropriate backfill for doctors on leave, reducing the occurrence of staff shortages. 
  5. Overtime rates to apply to part-timers who are asked to work in excess of contract hours. 
  6. Improved parental leave entitlements, including the extension of contracts where parental leave falls within the contract period. 


For Specialists (Senior Medical Staff): 

  1. Improvements to ensure the appropriate backfill for doctors on leave, reducing the occurrence of staff shortages. 
  2. An increase to the minimum afternoon shift penalty and the introduction of night shift penalties: - 25% for afternoon shift M-F; - 75% between midnight and 7am M-Sat; - 100% penalty on night shifts worked on Sunday. 
  3. A new job sizing clause to assist with the understanding and review of doctors’ workloads. 
  4. Improvements and clarifications to existing Continuing Medical Education conditions, including: 

“These are milestone EBAs for Victoria’s public hospital doctors, and a true sign of their value in our public health system,” Dr Lorraine Baker, President of AMA Victoria said today. “AMA Victoria has held close to 220 meetings with our members (in metropolitan and rural health services) to ensure that the new EBAs respond to and reflects the needs of our members. “A theme throughout AMA Victoria’s two EBAs is centred on improved work life balance and flexible work arrangements for doctors. This is in recognition of Victoria’s highly skilled public hospital doctors whose personal health may, at times, run second to the needs of their patients,” Dr Baker said.


Salary increases:

Once drafting of the Proposed Agreements is complete, the Department of Health and Human Services will submit the Proposed Agreements for final Government approval prior to a ballot of employees being undertaken as required by the Fair Work Act. All amendments to current arrangements will be implemented at the earliest possible date. Parties to this Heads of Agreement undertake to meet at the earliest possible opportunity with the view to having a final agreement by 12 January 2018.



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