Allied Health Careers

The ACT provides a range of employment opportunities for allied health professionals including the public health sector, private health sector and private practice.

In addition to the ACT Government’s Health Directorate other ACT Public Sector employers that provide career opportunities for allied health professionals include:

The ACT Health currently supports employment opportunities for approximately 30 allied health disciplines.   

For information on working as an allied health professional in the ACT Health Directorate please make a selection from the list below.

Employment Classification Structure

For the majority of allied health professions the current mechanism for career advancement is the six level Health Professional Classification structure as set out in the ACT Public Sector Health Professionals Agreement 2013-2017

Progression from one classification level to the next is based on the principle of merit selection, with the exception of the progression provision for HP1 to HP2 whereby a new graduate who meets the discipline specific requirements at the end of the relevant new graduate period will be directly appointed to the Health Professional 2 level one increment above that previously occupied in the Health Professional 1 level.

Further information on each classification level can be obtained from the link below.

The allied health disciplines listed below are covered by discipline specific classifications set out in the ACT Public Sector Health Professionals Agreement 2013-2017

Please note: Some allied health assistants are employed under the Technical Officer classification due to employment arrangements that pre-date the allied health assistant classification. The 2013-2017 Enterprise Agreement for Technical Officers has not yet been

finalised and readers are referred to the ACT Health Directorate Enterprise Agreement 2011-2013.

Salary and conditions

Salary for the health professional, radiation therapy, dental therapy and medical physics classifications are set out at Annexe A-Classifications and Rates of Pay in the ACT Public Sector Health Professionals Enterprise Agreement 2013-2017.

The Agreement also describes the conditions of employment.

Salary for allied health assistants employed under the AHA classification are set out at Annexe A-Classifications and Rates of Pay in the ACT Public Sector Support Services Enterprise Agreement 2013-2017.

The Agreement also describes the conditions of employment.

Salary for allied health assistants employed under the Technical Officer classification will be set out at Annexe A-Classifications and Rates of Pay in the ACT Public Sector Technical and Other Professionals Enterprise Agreement 2013-2017 once the agreement is concluded.

In the interim please refer to the ACT Health Directorate Enterprise Agreement 2011-2013.

Increment structure

Within each health professional classification are a series of increments or pay points-the majority of which are automatically applied on the anniversary of an employee’s commencement with ACT Health.

Enquiries regarding starting salary should be discussed with the contact officer.

Provisions for accelerated increment advancement are also available to eligible staff under specific situations, details of which are outlined at Section C-Rates of Pay and Allowances in the ACT Public Sector Health Professionals Agreement 2013-2017

HP3 Personal Upgrade Scheme for the Recognition of Excellence and restricted pay points

Advancement to pay points 4 and 5 of the Health Professional Level 3 classification is restricted and can only be accessed once an applicant has been formally assessed by the appropriately convened HP3 Upgrade Scheme Assessment Panel and found to meet the requirements of the HP3 Personal Upgrade for the Recognition of Excellence Scheme.

Click here for further details about the HP3 Personal Upgrade Scheme.

New Graduate Careers

ACT Health offers new graduate employment opportunities throughout the year, with increased recruitment activity in the second six months of each year.

Please check regularly at ACT Health Current Vacancies for employment opportunities.

Undergraduate Scholarships

The ACT Health Undergraduate Scholarship Scheme is a recruitment initiative designed to promote employment opportunities with ACT Health, specifically in allied health disciplines where there is no local training school. This is a joint strategic and clinical workforce initiative and links a scholarship to a new graduate recruitment round. Undergraduates in their final year of study make an application for a new graduate entry level position in targeted ACT Health allied health disciplines-the successful applicants are then invited to apply for a scholarship which is currently offered as a $1000 sign-on payment followed by a $3000 payment upon successful completion of their 12 month temporary employment contract. 

A limited number of scholarships are available each year and the disciplines to be supported in 2015 have not yet been finalised. Please check back at this site in December 2014 for any updates.