Public Health Sector

Victoria's Public Health Sector

The Victorian government funds more than 500 healthcare organisations within Victoria that provide healthcare to Victorian’s. This includes hospitals and emergency services, and services provided in the community and in people’s homes. Many of these services require specialised buildings and equipment.

Victoria’s public health infrastructure is worth around $11.3 billion. Victoria’s public health workforce is one of the largest in Australia. The 100,000 people who work in our public health services provide a broad spectrum of services and procedures for the public. Responsibility for funding public health is split between the Commonwealth and states and territories. The Commonwealth government has a substantial role in national policy making, but tends to fund rather than deliver health care services.


Important information about The Victorian Public Health Sector Agreement

You can read and download the four year stand-alone Agreement which expires on September 30, 2020 by clicking on the link here.

On 5 September 2016, Health Workers Union Secretary Diana Asmar reached an Agreement (in-principle) with the government representatives relating to the VICTORIAN PUBLIC HEALTH SECTOR (HEALTH AND ALLIED SERVICES, MANAGERS AND ADMINISTRATIVE WORKERS) SINGLE INTEREST ENTERPRISE AGREEMENT 2016-2020. The following points outline some of the major wins for our members and for health workers in general:

Public Sector EBA result

  • All public sector health workers will get a 14% general pay increase over 4 years (a 5% increase in wages and allowances this year and three 3 per cent pay rises between 2017 and 2019);
  • Reclassification of Clerical workers to align with Administration workers, to better reflect current work practices;
  • A reallocation of ‘nauseous allowance’ to be replaced with two lump sum payments of $700 to every worker;
  • Maintenance of the existing Multi-skilling Allowance of $500 paid annually to Patient Services Assistants and Food and Domestic Services Assistant. They will be paid $1000 in 2017 in lieu of non-payment in 2016;
  • An allocation of $1.6 million for Security Officers and $1.1 for Patient Transport Officers- to review their current classification structures.
  • Wage Skill Group 1 for all workers will become an initial training grade only. Existing Wage Skill Group 1 worker’s will be automatically pushed up to Wage Skill Group 2 in recognition of the important work that they. This will take effect in 2018!
  • An additional 28 EFT will be provided for workplace advisers/trainers that will undertake career advisory work in relation to health and allied Services staff.

The Victorian Public Health Sector Agreement has been adopted by our members and other health workers. As a result, the new Public Sector Enterprise Agreement will help lift the wages of some of the lowest-paid public health workers. The Health Workers Union has worked extremely hard to negotiate this great outcome. In addition to the above outcomes, the Health Workers Union is seeking input from members about the below mentioned classifications changes.  Only members of the Health Workers Union can provide feedback and actually influence the structure of the new classifications. 

Please send your feedback about the proposed changes to the below classification structures to info@hwu.org.au before October 2017.

New Orderly/Ambulance Driver Classifications

The below classifications will replace the existing Orderly and Ambulance Driver Classifications.

Patient Transport Officer Grade 1 Wage Skill Group 1

Wage Skill Group 1. This classification is considered entry level only.  After 3 months or 26 shifts a Patient Transport Officer Grade 1 shall automatically progress to wage skill group 2.

A Patient Transport Officer Grade 1 shall hold no formal qualifications and perform basic orderly duties under direct supervision. A Grade 1 Transport Officer will not be required to lift or transfer clients into or out of wheelchairs, beds, trollies or operating tables.

A Grade 1 Patient Transport Officer may only transport clients on the site where the client has been admitted.

Patient Transport Officer Grade 2 Wage Skill Group 2

Wage Skill Group 2. A Patient Transport Officer Grade 2 has 3 months or 26 shifts experience at a Grade 1 level and shall hold no formal qualifications and perform basic orderly duties under indirect supervision. A Grade 2 Transport Officer will not be required to lift or transfer clients into or out of wheelchairs, beds, trollies or operating tables.

A Grade 2 Patient Transport Officer may only transport clients on the site where the client has been admitted.

Patient Transport Officer Grade 3 Wage Skill Group 6

Wage Skill Group 6. A Patient Transport Officer Grade 3 shall hold a Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport and performs the full range of orderly duties including client transfers to other sites providing the client is medically stable.

Where required and with appropriate training operate an ECG/EEG or similar recording equipment.

Patient Transport Officer Grade 4 Wage Skill Group 8

Wage Skill Group 8. A Patient Transport Officer Grade 4 shall hold a Certificate IV in Health Care (Ambulance) or its equivalent and performs the full range of orderly duties which may include client transfers to other sites providing the client is medically stable.

Where required and with appropriate training operate an ECG/EEG or similar recording equipment.

Patient Transport Officer Grade 5 Wage Skill Group 10

Wage Skill Group 10. A Patient Transport Officer Grade 5 shall hold a Diploma of Paramedical Science (Ambulance) or its equivalent and performs the full range of orderly duties including client transfers within the Hospital where the client has been assessed as medically unstable and may transfer clients to other sites providing the client is medically stable. 

Where required and with appropriate training operate an ECG/EEG or similar recording equipment.

New Security Officer Classifications 

The below classifications will replace the existing Security Officer classifications.

Security Officer Grade 1 Wage Skill Group 4

Means an employee performing dedicated CCTV and alarm monitoring, or car park attending. Cert II in security monitoring or the equivalent (minimum mandatory training requirement). A Security Officer Grade 1 will not be required to physically attend to Code’s.

Security Officer Grade 2 Wage Skill Group 6

Means a licensed security guard performing a dedicated security function involving the security of patients, staff or the facilities. A car park attendant who is required to issue infringement notices. A Security Officer Grade 2 will require a Cert III in security operations or the equivalent.

Security Officer Grade 3 Wage Skill Group 8

An employee as per Security Officer Grade 2 who holds a Cert IV in security operations or the equivalent.

Security Officer Grade 4 Wage Skill Group 10

An employee as per Security Officer Grade 2 or 3.

A Security Officer Grade 4 may be required to Liaise with police as part of criminal investigations, perform risk assessments, ID Card allocation and or monitoring, fire panel responsibilities, mortuary duties including releasing the deceased, Security Safe responsibilities.

Security Officer Grade 5 Wage Skill Group 11

An employee as per Security Officer Grade 2 or 3.

A Security Officer Grade 5 may be required to Liaise with police as part of criminal investigations, risk assessments, ID Card allocation and or monitoring, fire panel responsibilities, mortuary duties, Security Safe responsibilities. A Grade 5 Security Officer undertakes additional responsibilities, including training of staff, and the supervision staff.

A Grade 5 will be appointed to the Grade 6 position in their absence.

Security Officer Grade 6 (To be employed under the Officer Administrative Award)

An employee as per Security Officer Grade 3. The Grade 5 position is in charge of the security department.

Upon implementation of this structure each hospital will have at least 1 Security Officer classified at Grade 5.

Once implemented in Victoria, a Security Officer Grade 6 will be offered an opportunity to complete the Diploma in Health Support Services (Supervision) or equivalent qualification awarded by a registered training organisation through financial assistance, flexible rostering and/or study leave.

Security is to be treated as a stand alone department. To be clear the only employee capable of reviewing security practices is the security officer Grade 5 in consultation with the security team. The Grade 5 Security Officer shall have a position on hospital executive.                                                                                                                           


Nurses Public Sector Agreement