GP registrars negotiating employment can download a free employment agreement template to ensure they cover the major conditions and terms of employment.
The agreement has been created for use by all registrars in the 2017 and 2018 training years. Make sure that you retain a copy of your signed contract for reference during the term.
What's inside the template?
The employment agreement template contains the standard contractual agreements as per the Fair Work Act and the 2017/18 National Terms and Conditions for the Employment of Registrars (NTCER). The employment agreement also contains a schedule that is suitable for both the registrar and practice. While it is a standard contractual agreement, space has been provided to add additional items and requirements.
The current employment agreement based on the NTCER for training years 2017/18 is available for download.
When negotiating, remember:
The NTCER is the minimum; you can negotiate for terms and conditions higher than the NTCER. Negotiate based on the value you bring to your practice; you are more likely to be successful in negotiating terms and conditions above the NTCER past GPT2/PRRT2.
Do not start work at a practice unless you have signed employment agreement — this protects both you and your employer against employment breaches and ensures you and the practice are on the same page.
Do not rely on verbal agreements — get everything in writing; even if it seems small, such as dates for your annual leave or rostering arrangements, be sure to get confirmation in writing.
Registrars should be treated as employees. Legal advice we have obtained as well as information provided by the Australian Tax Office states registrars are legally viewed as employees. It is illegal to treat employees as contractors if they are not a contractor.
Essential preparation tools
Read, research and prepare before you enter into your employment negotiations.
The GPRA Terms and Conditions Benchmarking Report provides an overview of GP registrar working conditions and wages, employment conditions, billing profiles, earning capacity, and more. Knowing this information can give you confidence in negotiating your employment. Read our negotiation guide or watch our free webinar on how to negotiate your employment.
Prepare for your interview: see our negotiating checklist to make sure you do not miss any important items in your employment agreement.
Take time before you sign: read and understand your employment agreement; contact your Registrar Liaison Officer (RLO) or GPRA if you do not understand anything.
© 2016 General Practice Registrars Australia Ltd (GPRA). All rights reserved. This document may be amended where necessary to accommodate individual variances, however, copyright of the original document remains with GPRA. Please note The Registrar Employment Agreement Template is a general template only and is not legal advice. It is not a substitute for professional legal advice. The terms in this sample contract may or may not be applicable to you or your practice depending on whether it is regulated by the National Terms and Conditions for the Employment of Registrars. Professional legal advice should be obtained before adopting this document for your particular practice. Disclaimer: Employment agreements, by their nature, are between the employer and the employee, i.e. the practice and the registrar. This template is provided in good faith as a guidance document and ultimately it is the sole responsibility of the parties involved to ensure that they comply with any relevant state and federal laws. GPRA does not accept any liability in relation to any breaches arising thereof.