GP registrars are not covered by an industrial award or registered agreement so their employment agreements are common law contracts of employment based on the minimum requirements in the NTCER. GP specialty training College accreditation standards require that training practices employ registrars in accordance with the NTCER.
Employers who seek to change the terms and conditions of employment contracts already in operation are entitled to negotiate changes that are agreeable to all parties; however, the employer cannot simply decide to unilaterally change a contract. The employee (i.e. the GP registrar) must agree to any changes to their contract – this should be done in writing – and cannot be coerced into accepting any changes.