Have your say on the Health Payroll Proposal

Posted October 6, 2011 by Julie Bignell

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.


Authorised Alex Scott, Secretary, Together.
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