Doctors-in-Training (DIT’s) - Know your Award and understanding your payslips


The ASMOF/AMA Alliance has been running a series of educational sessions at hospitals to give members of the Union information on award entitlements and important tips on understanding payslips. Our aim is to provide members with the knowledge to help them balance hours worked to hours paid . Because as we know reading a payslip can be very confusing. In these sessions we take medical officers on a “Journey through Stafflink” to demonstrate how to access your pay information.

The example below is how medical officers are remunerated when working Rotating Shifts / Long Shifts.

Long shifts (12hrs+), should be set up as rotating shifts in HealthRoster by the Hospital’s roster managers or delegated staff when DIT’s are working these shifts. 

Rotating Shifts

DiTs who do not work standard shifts work rotating shifts, that is the shifts can be on a variety of days and at various times to meet clinical needs. This includes a pattern of night shifts.

If you are rostered to work more than 80 hours in a fortnightly period, HealthRoster will automatically apply the rostered overtime to the roster, using the Hours Apportionment functionality. Long shifts (12hrs+) should be set up as rotating shifts in Health Roster.

Working Shifts as Normal Time (Normal No Penalty Rates)

DiTs can be rostered to work their normal ordinary hours for shifts longer than 10 hours, for example a full time medical officer working seven 12-hour shifts (a total of 84 hours worked). The DiT has 80 ordinary hours and so should be paid 76 normal working hours (95% of the 80 hours, pay averaging) and four hours overtime according to the normal award conditions.

Under the Award all time worked in excess of 10 hours in any one shift shall be paid as overtime, which means that the hours in excess of 10 hours in the above example are still ordinary hours but paid at a rate equal to overtime.

Therefore, the 12 hours worked per shift in this example are all ordinary time and the eleventh and twelfth hours worked are to be paid an additional half time extra. The eleventh and twelfth hours in this example will be termed “Normal no penalty” and will be shown in the “Earnings and Allowances” section of the pay advice as” Normal hours no penalty”.

The additional payment of half time extra will be shown as “Overtime x one half”.

Should the shift be of 14 ordinary hours, the first 10 hours will be paid as normal hours and the final fours hours as “Normal Hours no penalty”. The eleventh and twelfth hours will be paid as described above and the thirteenth and fourteenth hours will be paid as “Overtime x single Time”.

The ordinary hours in excess of 10 in the shift do not attract a shift penalty because the overtime methodology is being applied and not shift penalties, hence the term “Normal Hours no penalty".

If members have any questions regarding how you are being paid or you would like to organise an educational session at your workplace, you should contact Kerrie Seymour via