Last Updated: January 2024

Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2020

Positions at level 1 are regarded as entry level health professionals and for initial years of experience.

This level is the entry level for new graduates who meet the requirement to practise as a health professional (where appropriate in accordance with their professional association’s rules and be eligible for membership of their professional association) or such qualification as deemed acceptable by the employer. It is also the level for the early stages of the career of a health professional.

A health professional at this level works independently and is required to exercise independent judgment on routine matters.

They may require professional supervision from more senior members of the profession or health team when performing novel, complex, or critical tasks.They have demonstrated a commitment to continuing professional development and may have contributed to workplace education through provision of seminars, lectures or in-services.

At this level the health professional may be actively involved in quality improvement activities or research.

At this level the health professional contributes to the evaluation and analysis of guidelines, policies and procedures applicable to their clinical/professional work and may be required to contribute to the supervision of discipline specific students.

A health professional at this level would be experienced and be able to independently apply professional knowledge and judgment when performing novel, complex, or critical tasks specific to their discipline.

At this level health professionals will have additional responsibilities.

An employee at this level:

  • works in an area that requires high levels of specialist knowledge and skill as recognised by the employer;
  • is actively contributing to the development of professional knowledge and skills in their field of work as demonstrated by positive impacts on service delivery, positive referral patterns to area of expertise and quantifiable/measurable improvements in health outcomes;
  • may be a sole discipline specific health professional in a metropolitan, regional or rural setting who practices in professional isolation from health professionals from the same discipline;
  • is performing across a number of recognised specialties within a discipline;
  • may be accountable for allocation and/or expenditure of resources and ensuring targets are met and is responsible for ensuring optimal budget outcomes for their customers and communities;
  • may be responsible for providing regular feedback and appraisals for senior staff to improve health outcomes for customers and for maintaining a performance management system; and
  • is responsible for providing support for the efficient, cost effective and timely delivery of services.

A health professional at this level applies a high level of professional judgment and knowledge when performing a wide range of novel, complex, and critical tasks, specific to their discipline.

An employee at this level:

  • has a proven record of achievement at a senior level;
  • has the capacity to allocate resources, set priorities and ensure budgets are met within a large and complex organisation;
  • may be responsible to the executive for providing effective services and ensuring budget/strategic targets are met;
  • supervises staff where required; and
  • is expected to develop/implement and deliver strategic business plans which increase the level of care to customers within a budget framework.

Team Titles, Clinical Roles & Descriptions

Includes new graduates and staff with <2 years experience. 

Please see description from Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2020

Description: 

  • Focus is own clinical caseload. Reduced to account for time required for junior clinician. Supported with the more complex and novel cases
  • New Grad: CLE 80 billable hours / month
  • 1 year out- Junior: CLE 90 billable hours / month
  • Will receive weekly-fortnightly  individual supervision from a Senior Supervising Clinician
  • Generally an allied health professional will remain at the junior level (level 1) for 2 years before moving up to clinician (level 2)
  • Reports to designated Senior Supervisor

Indicators to move to next level – Assessment Criteria

After 2x years full time move to Clinician OR if competencies achieved in a quicker timeframe, may move to clinician in exceptional circumstances

Competencies need to be met and signed off by supervisor

Competencies include competencies from:

  1. LET’S BEGIN
  2. DIVING DEEPER

Levels Match and Pay Range

Pay Range at HDST 2024

  • Employee PA:72K-79K PLUS super
  • New Grad PA: 72K-76K  PLUS super
  • 1 year experience: 76K-79K PLUS super
  • Contractor: $80/ CLP

Commission (Employees only)

Your individual CLE

  • 5-10% above target $1000 (pro rata)
  • 10-15% above target $2000 (pro rata)
  • 15-20% above target $3000 (pro rata)
  • 20%+ above target $4000 (pro rata)

(over 12 months there is the potential to earn 16K on top of your base salary)

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Staff with 2+ years experience

Please see description from Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2020

Description:

  • Focus is own clinical caseload. Supported with the more complex and novel cases
  • Will receive fortnightly-monthly individual supervision from a Senior Supervising Clinician
  • Clinician will begin to focus their clinical skills in areas of special interest, whilst also maintaining high level of independence in a generalist caseload.
  • Clinician will be actively involved in quality improvement activities or research
  • Clinician will contribute to the supervision of discipline specific students
  • CLE: 94 billable hours per month
  • Reports to designated Senior Supervisor

Indicators to move to next level – Assessment Criteria

Competencies achieved in areas of special interest. Competencies need to be met and signed off by supervisor

Progression to senior clinician will follow an interview process. Clinician will need to apply for or be offered the role

Levels Match and Pay Range

Pay Range at HDST 2024

  • Employee PA: 79,500K-84K PLUS super
  • 2 years experience: 79,500K-82K PLUS super
  • 2+ years experience: 82K-84K PLUS super
  • Contractor: $90-95/ CLP

Commission (Employees only)

Your individual CLE

  • 5-10% above target $1000 (pro rata)
  • 10-15% above target $2000 (pro rata)
  • 15-20% above target $3000 (pro rata)
  • 20%+ above target $4000 (pro rata)

(over 12 months there is the potential to earn 16K on top of your base salary)

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4-5+ years experience and interview process

Please see description from Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2020

Senior Clinician

Description:

  • Focus is own clinical caseload – with a higher level of more complex cases, particularly in areas of special interest.
  • Senior clinician will develop and complete clinical quality improvement activities and or training with the team to develop clinical skills of peers.
  • Will assist Team Leaders in their portfolios and the operational requirements.
  • Senior clinician may have some supervising duties for more junior clinicians, AHAs or students- but to a smaller extent (e.g. 1-2 clinicians/students or oversee group supervision)
  • Senior clinician will receive supervision monthly individual supervision from a Senior Supervising Clinician
  • May assist with supervising duties for a senior supervising clinician in their absence

Senior Supervising Clinician

Description:

  • Focus is own clinical caseload – with a higher level of more complex cases.
  • Own caseload is reduced from senior clinician role due to extra duties required within the supervision role.
  • Higher focus and time accounted for supervision of more junior clinicians (2-5 supervisees), students and AHAs.
  • Own caseload average is guided by how much extra supervision the clinician is providing to junior staff.
  • Will develop and complete clinical quality improvement activities and or training with the team to develop clinical skills of peers.
  • Will assist Team Leaders in their portfolios and the operational requirements
  • Will receive monthly supervision from a Senior Supervision Leader
  • May ‘step in’ for a Team Leader in their absence
  • CLE varies from 80-98 per month
  • Reports to  Supervision Team Leader

Indicators to move to next level – Assessment Criteria

Progression to any other role will follow an interview process. Clinician will need to apply for or be offered the role.

Levels Match and Pay Range

Pay Range at HDST 2024

  • Employee PA: 84K-95K PLUS super
  • Contractor: $95-105/ CLP

Commission (Employees only)

Your individual CLE

  • 5-10% above target $1000 (pro rata)
  • 10-15% above target $2000 (pro rata)
  • 15-20% above target $3000 (pro rata)
  • 20%+ above target $4000 (pro rata)

(over 12 months there is the potential to earn 16K on top of your base salary)

© Hills District Speech Therapy 2023

5+ years experience and interview process

Description:

  • Continue own clinical caseload – more complex
  • Leadership team- has ownership of a range of portfolios
  • Will devise action plans for portfolio areas and deliver these in a timely, efficient and cost effective manner
  • Team Leader may have some supervising duties for more junior clinicians- but to a smaller extent (e.g. 1-2 clinicians or oversee group supervision)
  • Provide supervision to team
  • Will support the Senior Supervising Clinicians in their role as supervisors
  • Will develop and complete clinical quality improvement activities and or training with the team to develop clinical skills of peers.
  • Own caseload average is guided by how much extra supervision the clinician is providing to junior staff and extra weight of portfolios
  • CLE varies from 70-80 CLE per month
  • Will receive 6 weekly supervision from a Senior Supervising Clinician-Team Leader
  • Reports to: Clinical Manager

Indicators to move to next level – Assessment Criteria

Progression to any other role will follow an interview process. Clinician will need to apply for or be offered the role.

Levels Match and Pay Range

Pay Range at HDST 2024

  • Employee PA: 95K-103K PLUS super
  • Contractor: N/A

Commission (Employees only)

Your individual CLE

  • 5-10% above target $750 (pro rata)
  • 10-15% above target $1500 (pro rata)
  • 15-20% above target $2250 (pro rata)
  • 20%+ above target $3000 (pro rata)

(over 12 months there is the potential to earn 12K on top of your base salary)

© Hills District Speech Therapy 2023

5+ years experience and interview process

Description:

  • Oversees/Directs the operation of the branch
  • Checks on the portfolios of the Team Leaders and guides all portfolios and action plans
  • Leads the Leadership Team – clinical and Administration
  • Implements change within the clinic – as directed by the Directors
  • Maintains a small caseload
  • CLE: 44-54
  • Reports to the Directors

Levels Match and Pay Range

Pay Range at HDST 2024

  • Employee PA: 110K-120K PLUS super
  • Contractor: N/A

Commission (Employees only)

Your individual CLE

  • 5-10% above target $500 (pro rata)
  • 10-15% above target $1000 (pro rata)
  • 15-20% above target $1500 (pro rata)
  • 20%+ above target $2000 (pro rata)
  • Additional bonuses based on specific individual operational targets
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Description:

  • Completes clinical duties as directed explicitly by their clinical supervisor.
  • Reports Directly to Team Leader – AHA portfolio

Refer to: 🔨AHA Duties and Responsibilities – 2023  (Web view)

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Updates Log

  • Jan 2024- 2024 HDST pay scales and updates to CLE – AA