As part of the aftermath of the Health Payroll debacle unions entered into discussions with Queensland Health around managing any action to deal with underpayments and overpayments of staff.

Have your say on the Health Payroll Proposal

Posted by Julie Bignell on October 6, 2011

Your delegates have been negotiating on your behalf with the Premier to settle the current payroll dispute. Your delegates have managed to obtain an agreement that is unheard of in Queensland.

They believe that this is an incredible win and they recommend that all members vote Yes to this agreement.


The following is a précis of the offer; the full offer can be seen here.

The proposal is in full settlement of the current reclassification dispute for Payroll Officer 1, 2 and the Advanced Payroll Officer (now called Senior Payroll Specialist) only.

Progression from Payroll Officer 2 (AO3) to Senior Payroll Specialist (AO4) based on agreed criteria and 2 years payroll experience as AO3 or above. People in the first round who meet these criteria as at the 1 July 2011 will have the classification backdated to 1 July 2011.

Others can then apply on as ongoing basis as they reach the 2 years and they believe they meet the payroll criteria. The criteria will be agreed between payroll officers, the union, Qhealth under auspices of the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission.

AO2s may apply to fill vacancies created by the AO3 level staff moving to the AO4 progression above. People who are successful will have there classifications backdated to 1 July 2011.

Once an AO2 reaches the top of the AO2 incremental scale, they will have the opportunity to continues to progress through the AO3 incremental scale to a maximum of AO3.4 if :

  • They have completed training in interaction with clients and client entitlements or they can demonstrate they have acquired these skills on the job,   and
  • They carry out work commensurate with the AO3 position,     and
  • They wish to take up the additional duties of the AO3 position.

All Temporary Payroll employees, with at least 1 year continuous service as at 1 July 2011 will be converted to permanent.

Qhealth will make 2 - 1 off payments of $2500 to all Payroll staff on 1 December 2011 and 1 July 2012.

Direct appointment of all payroll staff to a personal grade equivalent to their existing acting grade. This will occur where the employee has been acting at that level for 1 year out of the last 2 years.

Note: This agreement has no effect on the other position descriptions that are still to be sent for valuations and they will be sent as soon as we have completed this process.


To vote on the agreement please click here. You will be asked to provide your union membership number for verification and then vote on whether or not to accept the proposal. If you don't know your please ring 1800 177 244.

Equal Pay outcome in jeopardy - take action now

Posted by Alex Scott on September 30, 2011

This week thousands of workers in Queensland's social and community sector were expecting a pay rise as a result of the successful Pay Up for Pay Equity campaign. A regulation to make these pay rises enforceable was due to come into effect on the first of October. Eight days before it was due, politicians in Canberra blocked it.

QIMR: Vote now on this final offer

Posted by Alex Scott on September 29, 2011

This is a crucial time for the future of your wages and conditions, and you need to make your voice heard.

QIMR: Crunch time for a new agreement: This Thursday

Posted by Alex Scott on September 26, 2011

Members of your union, Together, are holding a meeting on the future wages and conditions of QIMR employees, after this Thursday's negotiation meeting with QIMR management where we will have a finalised offer for members to consider.

Your QIMR working conditions

Posted by Alex Scott on September 24, 2011

Your union's delegates have gained employer agreement to our log of claims.  This has important implications for your working conditions - see our QIMR blog for more.  Visit and sign up to read of the latest update.

Payroll Delegates Negotiate with Premier's Department Representatives

Posted by Julie Bignell on September 23, 2011

Your Delegates yesterday met with representatives of the Premier's Department and Health Department after the Premier's agreement to intervene in the current classification dispute.  In attendance were both Director-Generals, and a number of other senior staff, alongside 14 Delegates from across the state, and Assistant General Secretary of Together, Julie Bignell.

Negotiators met today with QHealth representatives, despite a last minute suggestion by QH that there was no need to meet because they didn't have anything to talk about.  As members would expect, we insisted the meeting go ahead, because we have plenty to talk about!

Negotiations for your new collective agreement - what's new?

Posted by Alex Scott on September 17, 2011

Your union's delegates are continuing their work with QIMR management to get a new agreement formed that reflects the aspirations of the people who work at QIMR.

WorkCover: the latest on your wages and conditions

Posted by Alex Scott on September 15, 2011

Your workplace union delegates have been busy in the early stages of negotiations for your new collective agreement that will set your wages and conditions for the next three years.

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