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Queensland contracts – the key improvements

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The revised contract offer from the Queensland Government addressing the key concerns of doctors includes: 

  • Robust and binding dispute resolution and unfair dismissal processes
  • Guarantee that contract conditions cannot be changed negatively
  • SMOs can reject a proposed transfer or shift change if  reasonable grounds exist
  • Intent of original Govt addendum incorporated in reissued contract
  • The words “profitability”, “viability” and “reputation” removed from the contract termination clause
  • The choice of a three or six month notice period
  • Hospital and Health Services (HHS) to provide for current clinical support time arrangements
  • A guarantee that translated option A benefits will be carried with SMOs moving to a different HHS
  • PDL can only be directed to address or improve performance issues
  • Intellectual property rights to only be related to  actual duties performed for the employer
  • Improvement in wages and certain allowances can be arbitrated every 3 years
  • Future improvements to contracts need to go through a contract advisory committee.