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Health employment directives

Queensland Health is committed to respecting, protecting and promoting the human rights of all people in Queensland.  Under the Human Rights Act 2019, Queensland Health has an obligation to make decisions and act in ways that are compatible with human rights.  When making a decision under a directive, policy or guideline, decision-makers must comply with that obligation.

Refer here for further information about the Human Rights Act 2019.

The Director-General may issue health employment directives (HED) setting conditions of employment for health service employees engaged under the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 to ensure consistency in application of employee entitlements.

A HED is binding on the health service employees to which it applies, and compliance is mandatory by Hospital and Health Services (HHS) and the Department of Health.

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Application of directives to employees engaged under certain awards – HED No. 01/18

Effective date: 23 January 2018
Application: This directive applies to specific health service employees** engaged under the Act in HHSs and the Department of Health.

** The directives applied in the HED to employees covered by the Nurses and Midwives (Queensland Health) Award - State 2015 applies to the following employees:

  • Higher duties - Public Service, Eventide Homes (Nurse Grade 5 and above) and Correctional Health Services
  • Locality allowances - Public Service, Eventide Homes, Correctional Health Services and Psychiatric Hospital (Nurse Grade 1 to Nurse Grade 8)

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COVID-19 response: Employee accommodation benefits – HED No. 01/20

Effective date: 15 May 2020
Application: This HED applies to hospital and health service employees engaged under the Act and working in Hospital and Health Services and the Department of Health in response to COVID-19.

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Health Practitioners: Interim arrangement – wage increase – HED No. 04/15

Effective date: 23 November 2015
Application: This directive applies to Health Practitioner employees engaged under the Act in HHSs and the Department of Health.

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Interim private practice – Senior medical officers – HED No. 01/19

Effective date: 11 April 2019
Application: This directive sets out the terms and conditions of interim private practice arrangements which will apply to senior medical officers engaged by a Hospital and Health Service or the Department of Health during the interim private practice period.

* Note: This directive does not become operational until certification of Medical Officer (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 5) 2019 (MOCA5).

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Recognition of previous service for employees transitioning from Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre –  HED No. 03/20

Effective date: 18 June 2020
Application: This directive applies to employees who were employed at Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre through an engaged service provider and at the transition date became employed by the Director-General, Queensland Health.

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Senior medical officers – Employment framework  –  HED No. 07/14

Effective date: 22 April 2014
Application: This directive applies to senior medical officers (SMOs), the department and the HHSs that engage SMOs under the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011

  • SMO Employment framework  -  HED No. 07/14 (PDF, 82KB)

Please refer to Senior medical officers - Special remuneration arrangements HED No. 02/15

Senior medical officers – Special remuneration arrangements –  HED No. 02/15

Effective date: 23 November 2015
Application: This directive applies to senior medical officers (SMOs), the department and the HHSs that engage SMOs under the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011

Support for employees affected by domestic and family violence –  HED No. 05/15

Effective date: 25 November 2015
Application: This directive applies to all health service employees engaged under the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 in HHSs and the department

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Vaccination requirements for employees in residential aged care facilities during COVID-19 –  HED No. 02/20

Release date: 25 June 2020
Application: This directive applies to all health service employees engaged under the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 in Hospital and Health Services and the Department of Health

Vaccine preventable diseases (VPD) requirements –  HED No. 01/16

Release date: 1 July 2016
Application: This directive applies to all health service employees engaged under the Act in Hospital and Health Services and the Department of Health

Additional information

Visiting medical officers: Fuel allowance  –  HED No. 02/18

Release date: 4 April 2018
Application: This directive applies to visiting medical officers who are employed under administratively applied remuneration conditions under the Act in Hospital and Health Services and the Department of Health.

Visiting medical officers: Professional development allowance  –  HED No. 03/18

Release date: 8 July 2018
Application: This directive applies to non-contracted visiting medical officer employees employed through a letter of engagement under the terms and conditions of employment specified in the letter, under the Act in Hospital and Health Services and the Department of Health

Visiting medical officers: Interim arrangement - Wage increase  –  HED No. 04/18

Release date: 29 June 2018
Application: This directive applies to visiting medical officer employees engaged under the following employment arrangements, under the Act in Hospital and Health Services and the Department of Health:
  1. Non-contracted visiting medical officers - employed through a letter of engagement under terms and conditions of employment specified in the letter; or
  2. Contract visiting medical officers - employed under continuing common law employment arrangements.

Visiting medical officers: Employment framework  –  HED No. 05/18

Release date: 3 October 2018
Application: This directive applies to all contracted and non-contracted visiting medical officer employees engaged under the Act.  This directive does not apply to visiting medical officers engaged as independent contractors.

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Last updated: 14 March 2018