Our members face significant challenges that affect enterprise bargaining. With a growing population, the demand for health and related services is growing faster than the supply of labour. The expectations of employees and the public about how, when and where work is performed, are rapidly changing. Innovation is essential.

Additional challenges exist for stand-alone community health centres with the disruption to traditional business models and increased competition.

Our key objective is to optimize bargaining outcomes for members.

This means taking steps to develop and pursue a bargaining agenda that:

  • Genuinely reflects the view of member organisations, and
  • Supports rather than stifles innovation.


Bargaining Approach

VHIA’s approach to enterprise bargaining is based on a ‘continuous improvement model’ reflected in the ‘4 Stages of Bargaining’. Our Agreements generally operate for 4 years with each stage representing around a year.

What are the 4 stages of bargaining?

  1. Bargaining: the act of negotiating and writing a new enterprise agreement.
  2. Implementation: the activities that support the effective implementation of an enterprise agreement. This may include podcasts, user guides and discussions at the Service Delivery Partnership Program Working Group (SDPPWG).
  3. Review: Considering the Agreement and identifying areas for improvement / amendment.
  4. Planning: Preparation for the next round of bargaining.

VHIA’s bargaining framework involves close engagement with members. Our approach to bargaining is subject to policies developed and approved by the VHIA Board.

More Information

You can find more information about enterprise bargaining including our bargaining policies in the members-only ‘MyIR’ section of the website.