The Victorian public health sector employs more than 80,000 full-time equivalent staff. These include doctors, nurses and midwives, medical scientists, therapists, technicians, executives, administrative and clerical staff, engineers, catering staff, cleaners, gardeners and a range of other workers in over one hundred sites around the state.

The terms and conditions of employment of the employees of Victorian public health services are typically established by way of collective enterprise bargaining.

While each Victorian public health service is an employer in its own right, for many employee groups (for example nurses and midwives or medical scientists) enterprise bargaining negotiations are conducted on a statewide basis, assisted by the health services’ industrial representative (the Victorian Hospitals’ Industrial Association), with the relevant union(s).

Enterprise bargaining in the Victorian public sector is conducted within the federal industrial relations jurisdiction and in accordance with the Fair Work Act 2009. Victorian public sector bargaining is also conducted within the parameters of Victorian Government Industrial Relations Policy.

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