National Terms & Conditions for Employment of Registrars (NTCER)

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This national instrument outlines the minimum employment conditions for registrars, therefore individual practices are free to offer higher base rates and/or percentage of billing/receipts, and/or increased frequency of billing calculations, compared to what is specified in the NTCER.
Training practices cannot employ registrars below the conditions outlined in the agreement.

NTCER 2023-25

Priorities for negotiating employment arrangements

Priority 1

The registrar must be able to access high quality supervision amidst a positive placement experience

Priority 2

The registrar must develop an understanding of the business of general practice to assist them in maximising their earnings

Priority 3

The training practice must be able to sustain the remuneration structure agreed for the registrar while meeting all legal obligations

Don’t forget to prioritise business sustainability

Focusing on profitability does not equate to greed! A key responsibilty for all businesses under section 95A of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) is to make profit and remain solvent at all times.

As registrar wages are largely funded through the fee-for-service model, training practice sustainability relies on the registrar being supported to manage adequate patient numbers to cover their wages and associated on-costs.

Summary of Updates from 2022 NTCER Review

The 2022 Review of the NTCER has resulted in a number of revisions to the Agreement, introduced across 4 training semesters starting on 1st February 2023 (2023.1):

  • → staggered 4% increase to minimum Base Rate;
  • → extending Educational Release support for GPT3/CGT3 registrars;
  • → amending Educational Release to provide full-time parity for part-time registrars;
  • → strengthened focus on fatigue management through increase in allocated Administration Time;
  • → revised Preamble to emphasise the minimum nature of the terms and conditions under the NTCER, above which practices and registrars are free to negotiate for mutual benefit and according to commercial viability;
  • → replacing the Restrictive Covenant with a Non-Solicitation clause.

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Date reviewed: 17 April 2023

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