ASMOFQ has been
working hard on your behalf, to negotiate with Queensland Health
for a fair and equitable Medical Officers Certified Agreement No. 4
(MOCA 4) to replace MOCA 3 for RMOs (expired) and contracts for
and the Negotiation Team are seeking to negotiate a MOCA 4 that
covers both RMOs and SMOs by 31 July 2015, which is a very short
time frame. VMOs will continue to work under their current
arrangement until further consultation occurs. We now have less than a month
to negotiate and secure a reasonable MOCA 4.
consulted with members and presented a log of claims to QHealth
regarding what you want to see in a MOCA 4.
and SMO issues:
- Return of previously stripped away rights
under industrial relations legislation such as fatigue
provisions, unfair dismissal and the ability to take pay and
other disputes to the Queensland Industrial Relations
Commission (QIRC) for fair and independent resolution.
- Employment security for medical officers.
- An increase in medical officers’ pay in
line with the Queensland Government wages policy (currently
- Payment of all overtime and on-call
is to be by exception (using AVAC forms).
- Payment of on-call is to be by
exception as a default, with the option for a medical officer
to annualise their on-call if they elect to.
- Part time SMOs to receive a proper pro rata vehicle
allowance payment instead of the 50% fraction
they currently receive.
- SMOs to gain access to Professional
Development Leave outside their core hours
(paid at ordinary rates).
- Remuneration not linked to performance of private
practice or KPIs.
- Increased management accountability
regarding fatigue management and safe rostering practices.
- Doctors working extended hours
rosters by agreement and with appropriate
compensation (penalty rates).
- Consistent application of the MOCA4 and underlying award across
groups of medical officers and across Health and Hospital
- A clear definition of “Professional
- Increased access to Professional
Development leave and auditing of access to
PDL across HHSs.
- An increased Professional
Development Allowance that takes into account
the actual financial costs of courses and vocational training.
This should be indexed to further pay increases.
- Safe and secure facilities for RMOs (ie. Lighting, security, parking at night)
and a review of the guidelines for medical officers
- Time Off in Lieu (TOIL) instead of overtime payments if an RMO
elects to take it. This would be paid out at overtime rates if
not taken within six months.
In the lead up to
the end of this month, ASMOFQ will continue to listen to its
members, provide you with updates on the negotiations and the
proposed MOCA 4. If we reach an “In Principle” agreement with
Queensland Health regarding a proposed MOCA 4, it will be put to
members for an initial ballot to determine whether or not it would
ASMOFQ is working
hard to reach a fair, equitable and reasonable agreement with
QHealth on behalf of you, our members. We can only continue to do
this with your feedback, support and membership.
should I do?
- If an agreement is reached and certified,
MOCA 4 will affect every
aspect of your employment for the next three years! Make sure you have
your say in it. Talk to your colleagues about
what is happening, make sure they understand what is going on
and that they too would benefit from joining AMAQ and ASMOFQ
if they are not already a member.
- Make sure your membership details
are up to date. You can do this either via the
website or by picking up the phone and calling.
- Read your emails from ASMOFQ and share them
with colleagues, stay
up to date by liking and sharing our facebook
If you want to
give feedback, have a query about membership or need help with an
industrial matter, contact
Lamont, Senior Industrial Relations Advisor
0475 972 389
Marquez, Workplace Relations Advisor
07 3872 2216
ASMOFQ website: asmofq.org.au
AMAQ website: amaq.com.au