On this page, you will find copies of agreements on public sector companies for public hospitals, the public health sector and the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine. Article 6 of the 2013 Technical Convention maintains employment rights set out in existing local agreements to the extent that they are relevant. Existing local agreements include certified agreements in force in public hospitals prior to the implementation of the 2013 Specialist Agreement and listed below. To be eligible, the doctor must have been employed by a public hospital or health service as of January 1, 2018 in order to benefit from the payment of the signature either under the new DIT agreement or under the new specialist agreement. Public hospitals and health services will be funded by the Budget Payment System (BPS) as part of the payment on 10 April 2018. Users of the Healthcollect portal can view the details of this payment through the portal. The funding allowance for the impact of salary increases and other changes in the 2017-18 fiscal year is provided by a certain grant. The current effects of these increases and subsequent salary conditions will be incorporated into hospital/public health care budgets from 2018/2019. For the current business negotiation cycle (2015-2017), the department, in its budget modelling, referred more directly to the high staff profile of each public hospital or health service than in previous cycles, where budget modelling focused more on “whole sector profiles.” This will eliminate some of the most serious “swings and roundabouts” that could have resulted from the previous approach. However, this funding approach remains in its overall “output-based” nature. Figure 1 below shows how the MFD would be calculated for a hospital with a salary base of $100,000.
DFM indexation, considered a DFM indexation, is calculated on the basis of the corresponding salaries at the time of the expiry of the prior enterprise agreement. DFM compounds at a rate of 2.5% per year after that. As you know, an agreement in principle has been reached with the Australian Medical Association Victoria Limited on the terms of new four-year contracts for physicians in training and (separately) medical specialists. This regulation in principle was defined in an agreement signed by all parties to the negotiation in December 2017.1 The more “localized” modelling method also implies a more direct link between the costs of the EBA and the application of the DFM indexation for each public hospital or health service to determine the appropriate level of additional funding. This means that if the department has calculated the DFM indexation as a match or an increase in EBA costs in a given year (or year), there will be no additional funding in the corresponding year (or years). Other payments or changes should not be made or taken effect until the new enterprise agreements are approved by the Fair Work Commission and officially come into force. This includes the corresponding payments under each of the new enterprise agreements (for more information on these payments, see Appendix 3).