Salaried Medical Officers

AMA Queensland provides Workplace Relations support for Salaried Medical Officers (SMOs) by lobbying State and Federal Government decision-makers to ensure their working environment is safe, fair and equitable.

In conjunction with our union partner, the Australian Salaried Medical Officers’ Federation of Queensland (ASMOFQ), AMA Queensland offers representation for SMOs during award negotiations, industrial disputes and issues of public health policy. We fight to improve and maintain the working rights and conditions of doctors employed in the public health system.

This year, together with our partner union, the Australian Salaried Medical Officers’ Queensland (ASMOFQ), we will be negotiating the new certified agreement (MOCA 5) for Salaried Medical Officers with Queensland Health. This agreement impacts your pay, terms and conditions. When it comes to achieving the best pay and working conditions for you, our strength is your strength. We need each and every Salaried Medical Officer to lend their weight. It will take our collective might to win improved pay and benefits in MOCA 5.

We will keep members informed of progress with the development of the claims and throughout the negotiation process. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the MOCA 5 negotiations, please email: or call (07) 3872 2222.

Currently we are also focused on several important issues affecting SMOs:

  • ongoing opportunities for clinical training;
  • the proposed privatisation and contestability of publicly-funded health services; 
  • tax-cap on self-funded education expenses; 
  • job security and budget cuts; 
  • the development of efficient and transparent billing processes; and
  • improved management of patient complaints.

This is a crucial time for all doctors working in the public health system to be informed of their rights, responsibilities and entitlements.

AMA Queensland’s SMO members have peace of mind with on-call access to the support of our Workplace Relations Team.