The National Terms and Conditions for the Employment of GP Registrars (NTCER) have been amended and the current version can be downloaded from this page. Please note that Registrar base rates have increased by 1.6% from GP Training Term 2 2022 and Superannuation has increased to 10.5% from 1 July 2022.
The current agreement has has an addendum added to reflect current base salaries and covers GP registrars in GPT/CGT1, GPT/CGT2, GPT/CGT3 and GPT/CGT4.
These terms and conditions are currently under review by GPSA and GPRA to ensure they remain relevant and fair and reasonable for the changing context of GP training.
As this is a national instrument that outlines the minimum employment conditions for GP registrars, individual practices are free to offer higher base rates or more than the percentages of billing/receipts specified in the NTCER; however training practices cannot employ registrars below the conditions outlined in the agreement.
To make training sustainable in an ever more difficult financial and employment environment, it is strongly recommended that practices:
1. Explain how the agreed percentages compare to the income (and costs) of fellowed GPs in the practice.
2. Calculate and pay these percentages no more frequently than monthly.
3. Pay on receipts for GPT/CGT1 and billings thereafter.
As GP registrar wages are largely funded through a Fee for Service model, for sustainability it is important that there are adequate patient numbers to cover these wages and associated on-costs. For more information, visit our registrar remuneration page.
Having an appropriate employment contract in place before your registrar commences working in your practice is an incredibly important piece of the puzzle. This contract is distinct from the training agreement, serving as the document to which you and your registrar will refer if there is ever anything in question about their employment conditions.
Getting this right is not always easy. An overly-lengthy contract is rarely read in full, and a contract that’s oversimplified is liable to under-explain the two-way protections – rights and responsibilities of employer and employee – that need to be set out in an employment agreement.
GPSA has proudly supported our members since 2016 with an employment contract template developed in line with both Fair Work Australia’s National Employment Standards (NES) and the National Terms and Conditions for the Employment of Registrars (NTCER). As we are undergoing a full collaborative review of the NTCER with GPRA through the second half of 2022, however, what we provide now by way of an employment contract template is likely to be significantly altered before Semester 1 in 2023.
In order to provide you with a template to customise for use in your recruitment of registrars prior to the negotiation of the revised NTCER, and in light of the likely changes to individual terms and conditions per their numbering in the current NTCER, we have prepared this as a short-term solution: Interim-Employment-Contract-Template-2023.docx (18 downloads)
You will note that this has been updated to be in full compliance with current employment legislation, and remains in keeping with the NTCER, but is less specific than previous versions of the template which referenced terms in the NTCER by their specific item numbers (and these will inevitably change before the new semester begins).
When issuing this interim template, we ask that you please advise your registrar that a second Schedule may need to be added to the contract with any revised terms. This will ensure that this agreement remains valid after any significant changes as an outcome of the NTCER review. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com
Since the NTCER Agreement was signed, we have received a number of queries during our webinars, through phone calls from members and consultations with Regional Training Organisations.
We want you to be prepared with as much information and support as we can provide, so we have developed these Frequently Asked Questions.
Have a look: you may find an answer to a pressing question or discover something you did not realise.
For the latest on the National Terms and Conditions for the Employment of Registrars, view our webinar “NTCER: An update” on the GPSA You Tube channel. If you cannot find the answer you are looking for in the webinar or in our Frequently Asked Questions, please contact:
Phone: (03) 5440 9077