ENTERPRISE BARGAINING UPDATES

This page will provide updates regarding SASMOA's enterprise bargaining negotiations with the State Government during 2021.

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Background: SASMOA negotiates the Award and Enterprise Agreements covering doctors’ remuneration with the State government on behalf of salaried doctors. This includes all aspects of doctors’ salary and working conditions (including rostering, shift lengths, breaks, penalties, allowances, professional development, reimbursements and leave). These Agreements are renegotiated every three years. We then monitor and enforce the Agreements, to ensure doctors are not being ripped off and exploited in the workplace. You can read more about the Enterprise Bargaining process below

LATEST EB NEWS

  • 27 April 2021: Crunch Time (Member Update - PDF)

  • 4 March 2021: Secret Plans for “Ground-Breaking Change” Undermine Good Faith Bargaining (Member Update - PDF)

  • 9 February 2021: Discussions Continue (Member Update - PDF)

  • 19 January 2021: Negotiations Recommence (Member Update - PDF

  • 21 December 2020: Employer's agenda becoming clearer (Member Update - PDF)

  • 27 November 2020: Employer begins to reveal agenda (Member Update - PDF)

  • 3 November 2020: Employer Still Stuck in the Starting Gates (Member Update, Letter to Treasurer

  • 22 September 2020: Disappointing 'False Start' to EB negotiations (Member Update - PDF)

  • 22 September 2020: SASMOA to target wage theft, fatigue, work/life balance in EB (PDF)

  • 2 September 2020: Government sets date for EB discussions to commence (PDF)

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About the Agreement and the Enterprise Bargaining process

 

The Salaried Medical Officers Enterprise Agreement 2017 sets the pay and working conditions for most salaried doctors in South Australia.
 
The current Enterprise Agreement (EA) began in December 2017 and will expire at the end of 2020 (the current Agreement will continue to apply until a renegotiated Agreement replaces it).
 

Who is covered by the EA?
 
The Salaried Medical Officers Enterprise Agreement 2017 lays out the pay and working conditions of most doctors employed within SA Health’s Local Health Networks or in the SA Ambulance Service, including:

 

  • Interns

  • Medical Practitioners Group (the term used in the EA to cover RMOs, Registrars, Senior Registrars)

  • Consultants & Senior Consultants

 

Visiting Medical Specialists and Clinical Academics are covered by separate Enterprise Agreements.
 
What’s actually in the EA?
 
The short answer is all pay and working conditions are set in the Agreement and are up for renegotiation. This includes:

 

  • Salaries

  • Hours of work (e.g. maximum hours and shift lengths)

  • Meal breaks and breaks between shifts

  • On-call and recall to work arrangements

  • Penalties and allowances (e.g. overtime, attraction and retention)

  • Professional development

  • Leave (e.g. personal leave, sick leave, maternity/partner leave, annual leave)

  • Career structures and progression

 

Matters like physical facilities for breaks, sleep and study, travel/parking, and rights of private practice may also be covered.
 
The Enterprise Agreement is a detailed, legally enforceable document.

 

For more detail about the EA, read our explainer (PDF) or open the 2017 Agreement (PDF).
 
Who negotiates the EA?
 
The South Australian Salaried Medical Officers Association (SASMOA) is the registered industrial body which represents salaried doctors (“the employees”) in the negotiation. The negotiation is with the State Government, specifically the South Australian Treasury Department (“the employer”) and SA Health. Negotiations can take place from six months prior to the expiry of the existing Agreement.
 
After the negotiation, adoption of any new Enterprise Agreement is subject to a vote by all the employees it applies to (via a formal ballot process). To replace the existing Agreement a new Agreement will need to be supported by a majority of salaried doctors who participate in the ballot. The Agreement then needs to be approved by the South Australian Employment Tribunal.
 
Consultation process
 
SASMOA consulted with its members from June to August 2020 to develop an understanding of issues of importance to doctors, from Trainee Medical Officers to Senior Consultants.
 
We will use this information to prepare our negotiating position and the claims we will pursue with the Government.