MOCA5 update – consultation and ballot process

Posted on April 10, 2019

This week marks the start of a formal consultation and ballot process for your new wages and conditions, as won by Together medical officers last year during MOCA5 negotiations.  

Since negotiations were finalised during the end of 2018, Unions and the department have met frequently and drafted into the Agreement all of the improvements to wages and conditions which were won by members.

The new Medical Officers Certified Agreement no. 5 (MOCA5) draft agreement is now out for circulation and consultation starting this week. This will be followed by a formal ballot from 24 April-15 May, and then formal certification for you to receive your new wages (2.5% increase backdated to 1 July 2018) and improved conditions. We have been told that if the process runs as scheduled the backpay will be paid in the last pay-run for this financial year. We will continue to advocate that those time frames are met.

  1. ConsultationCommenced until Tuesday 24 April 2019
    This consultation period is a chance for all Medical Officers to be aware of the proposed changes to your pay and conditions which have been negotiated by Together Medical Officer members with Department of Health and Unions. There are 44 agreed items in the agreed settlement of the negotiations, substantial improvements to pay and conditions – and no loss of conditions!

As a result of these negotiations, Together members negotiated and won those 44 items which include:

  • 2.5% wage increase, back-paid to 1 July 2018.
  • Significant increases to RMO PDA, RMO Vocational Training Subsidy, and SMO PDA (i.e. the first increase to SMOs PDA for many years – and which is equivalent to indexation).
  • Introduction of new Digital Recall provisions to allow payment for recall performed while on call without the need to return to the workplace.
  • Increases to RMO entitlements such as 3 days paid travel time for Rural and Remote RMOs to access professional development activities, and Exam Leave increased from 1 week, to 1 week and 3 days.
  • Review of rural and remote entitlements to inform the development of a new package to address attraction and retention issues.
  • The inclusion of ten days paid domestic and family violence leave.
  • The inclusion of two 10 minute paid rest pauses which can be combined as a 20 minute break.
  • Protections regarding safe workspaces for clinical work.
  • Provision of confidential workspace to undertake confidential work including dictation.
  • 10% CST to be provided per individual Medical Officer rather than per work unit.

You can read the copy of the new agreement here.

You can view all agreed items won by members last year here.

You can also view the Department of Health’s consultation information and FAQs here.

Together is hosting a state-wide member teleconference briefing on the evening of Wednesday 17 April, to discuss the new agreement with members and answer any questions.  Please see teleconference details here:

State-wide Together member teleconference

  • 6pm Wednesday 17 April
  • Toll Free Dial In:  1800 896 323
  • Local Dial in:  (07) 3036 8888
  • Participant Code:  32202677

2. Ballot from Wednesday 24 April (8am) to Tuesday 7 May 2019 (5pm)

Only union members decided on what was negotiated and what was agreed to be contained in the new MOCA5 agreement. Now this has been drafted into the agreement the department will undertake the formal legal process for all medical officers to vote on the proposed draft Agreement. You will receive your ballot information by email if you have a Streamline linked email account, or alternatively by mail. This will detail how to vote, which can be done either online, by SMS or by telephone.

3. Certification from Wednesday 8 May 2019

Following a successful majority vote approving the agreement, Together and the other parties to the agreement can make application to the QIRC to certify this agreement. 

4. Backpay

After certification, payroll will make payment of your new wages as well as any backpay owing to 1 July 2018.  The timing of this process will be critical for our members in relation to receiving their backpay this financial year. Together will continue to do all we can to advocate that these time frames are maintained to avoid any delays which may put the backpay at risk of arriving in the new financial year.

Congratulations again to all members who had their say in last year’s successful MOCA5 bargaining. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact James Douglas on

1800 177 244