“The agreement for public staff hospitals provides that dentists and dentists receive long-awaited salary increases over the duration of the agreements,” said Professor Matt Hopcraft, ADAVB`s CEO. In September 2018, following ongoing labour disputes, a targeted representation of the interests and the united voice of ADAVB members, a mirror agreement was finally reached for municipal dentists, in agreement with Victoria Hospital Dentists. However, this did not go until the end of negotiations for municipal dentists and union actions were maintained throughout 2018 and 2019. The Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch (ADAVB) is committed to a level playing field for public service dentists. We fund the specialized industrial council and the representation of members in the enterprise negotiation. Victorian enterprise agreements for public dentists, public dentists and public dentists in training expired on June 30, 2017. The next phase of the EBA campaign, which began in 2017, has focused on EBA negotiations to achieve a single outcome for all public sector dentists and dentists, wherever they work. Professionals Australia is proud to announce that the Australian Dental Association Victoria Branch (ADAVB) has entered into a pioneering agreement for Victorian public sector dentists and dentists. We continued the EBA negotiations for dental practitioners in the Community for more than two years and two EEFs, which cover only seven out of 18 communal health centres, were submitted to the Fair Work Commission in January and March 2019. The public sector serves more than 400,000 vulnerable Britons, and this new agreement will ensure the respect, recognition and reward they deserve for all public sector workers.
Professor Hopcraft said the new agreement encouraged doctors to stay experienced and stay in the public sector, where incentives for engagement are most needed. Originally published as Victorian dentists and dentists, get historic agreement after frustrating delays in resolving funding issues affecting 11 other municipal health centres and ongoing effective intercession by ADAVB and Professionals Australia, in September 2019, we were finally able to announce that all dentists at all Victorian public dental clinics are covered by the new EBAs. In June 2018, thanks to this effective measure, an agreement in principle was reached for dentists and dentists in public hospitals. In October 2018 and January 2019, the EBA was formally developed, approved by staff and submitted to the Fair Work Commission. “There is no doubt that this agreement will make a big difference in the recruitment and engagement of dentists and dentists engaged in the public sector,” said Dr. Kevin Morris, President of ADAVB. In 2016, ADAVB and Professionals Australia (PA) created an alliance to help dentists in municipal clinics find fairer working conditions. At the time, Public Dentists in Victoria received up to 40 per cent less than their intergovernmental counterparts. During this campaign, the ADAVB and the PA helped municipal clinic dentists achieve a fair outcome in their negotiations with their employers and sought comparative terms of employment for inpatient dentists.