sector mental health nurses' agreement finalised as work begins on allocating
43 extra mental health nurses
can begin on the allocation of 43 new mental health nursing positions across
public health services with the finalisation yesterday of the Victorian public
sector mental health nurses' new enterprise bargaining agreement.
expects all public sector mental health nurses will be able to vote for the
agreement in a ballot through the Australian Electoral Commission in early
November. The agreement could be implemented in early December.
new agreement comes seven months after the general public sector nurses' and
midwives' dispute was resolved on 16 March 2012. The finalisation of the mental
health enterprise agreement will also enable ANF to conclude the drafting of
the Forensicare Agreement.
mental health members voted to accept a new agreement on 19 July 2012, but the
drafting process with the Baillieu Government and the Victorian Hospitals'
Industrial Association has been complicated by the number of different groups
of employees covered by the document.
outstanding issues were resolved at a Fair Work Australia conciliation before
Nursing Federation (Victorian Branch) Acting Secretary Paul Gilbert said:
"Negotiations began 13 months ago and it's an enormous relief for our mental
health nurse members that all outstanding matters have finally been
are really keen to concentrate on the work required to implement the additional
mental health nurses to ease workloads in areas of greatest need because nurses
and their patients and clients have waited too long."
approved by Fair Work Australia, the following will apply:
per cent wage increase backdated to 31 March 2012
payment of a continuing professional development allowance of $1000 and
then $900 in subsequent years
of a new enrolled nurse career structure resulting in increases of between
3.91% and 13.16% in the first year
five weeks annual leave for registered psychiatric nurses and psychiatric