Queensland’s paramedics are set for one of the biggest pay rises in years after striking a new deal.
Some will receive a wage hike of up to 30 per cent, making them the second highest paid in the country behind Victoria.
The new pay scheme will also see the introduction of a banding system to reward staff who have more experience and qualifications.
The deal will begin next year, backdated to September, and cost the Queensland Government an extra $192 million over the next three years, plus an additional $107 million every year after that.
The Queensland Industrial Relations Commission certified the new agreement after months of negotiations.
Health Minister Steven Miles said it was the recognition nearly 5,000 officers across the state deserved.
“It’s entirely appropriate that we recognise just how important they are to our health system,” Mr Miles said.
“This pay rise will mean that by this time next year an advanced care paramedic will be $5,500 to $8,000 better off at least.”
The wage hike followed a 2.5 per cent pay rise in 2016 when the current agreement expired.
Ambulance Commissioner Russell Bowles said it was important to reward the talents of staff.
“We have some people that are very experienced and highly skilled and we also have our new graduates,” Mr Bowles said.
“What this does is sets the organisation up for the next 15 years with a banded pay structure that not only recognises the skill level but also recognises the experience.”
Commissioner Bowles said Queensland paramedics were currently among the lowest paid in the country.
“Our paramedics are some of the most talented paramedics and some of the most respected paramedics in the country.”