1. What are paramedics?

Just what are paramedics?

Paramedics are highly skilled medical professionals. They regularly attend GP clinics, medical centres, even emergency departments: not to transport patients in and out but to manage acute, life threatening conditions. Paramedics are widely considered amongst doctors, nurses and other medical professionals as ‘Emergency Medicine Specialists’.

This is because Paramedics see and treat more life threatening cardiac, respiratory, anaphylactic, neurological and perfusion related emergencies than anyone else. Many of the patients Paramedics treat would not live long enough to get to hospital without their skilled intervention.

Qualification as a Paramedic now requires 3 years of university study, with a fourth year in a role similar to an intern. While Paramedics in other states have achieved professional rates of pay, reflecting this higher learning and dedication, In most States, Paramedics are not yet recognised by their Government as professionals. This is reflected in the pay rates. For example, an experienced Paramedic in Victoria is paid a full third less than one in Western Australia.

Paramedics have always prided themselves on being amongst best in the world. They work long and hard to maintain their skills and knowledge, valuing the profession they chose and the community they serve. State and Federal Governments must acknowledge this commitment and professionalism, and reward their efforts with professional recognition and the pay scale that these hardworking individuals deserve.

16 Responses to 1. What are paramedics?

  1. Harley berridge says:

    All we want is equal pay!

  2. Jon summers says:

    This professionalism has already been recognized in other states and they are being paid justly, pay parity in Victoria is essential.

  3. H Tadich says:

    Respect does not pay the bills or support the Paramedics families after a long, hard days work.

  4. May PRUDEN says:

    Having been a Registered Nurse for 50yrs I fully support our paramedics they are extremely knowledgable and should be paid accordingly Why should they work for less

  5. vince vella says:

    Step up state Gov they are all hard working professionals if you dont act we will lose great men and women to interstate services

  6. M Campbell says:

    This resonates highly as Victorian nurses are also in the same boat! We may be recognized on a professional level but are the second lowest paid state! Both professions deserve fair pay and working conditions! After all, we deal with life and death every day!

  7. Linda Ginn says:

    As A RN working in the public sector, I fully understand and support your frustration. Why should Victorian Public servents accept lower wages than other states. You all deserve respect and fair pay and conditions.

  8. Adam townsend - paynesville says:

    Think it’s expensive big Ted ? Think of the alternative…..

  9. Mark Wallace says:

    I’m all for fair pay, but it needs to be fully recognized that being recognized as a profession does not equal a pay increase. These ‘professional rates of pay’ are essentially a myth. Being recognized as a professional is definitely worth asking for, and it is my understanding that AV have been working on this for a while. What people need to be prepared for is that when it is implemented, a pay increase doesn’t just occur.

  10. John J says:

    What about conditions? Has increased pay come at a cost? Instructor allowance, overtime rates, meal entitlements and penalties… what amount of leave do these other services get? An annual instructor allowance equates to over $7000/year. 4 weeks of annual leave is around $5500.

    I’m all for equal pay but thats not the whole picture is it?

    • John C says:

      John J ,

      The awards for SA,WA and ACT are all linked and available to peruse,thanks to John Till, on the fair go website. Annual Leave is 2 weeks per annum less but you will note that personal leave and days off in lieiu have all increased by 24 hours per annum respectively.Flexible leave arrangements have also been added. In terms of the big items like paramedic instructors you will see that in all states , they are paid as much or than in Victoria. Overtime in WA is paid at double time the second you go over. Not the time and a half for the first 2 hours like Victoria get. Meal break penalties provisions etc are also superior to Victoria. You are right that it is not the whole picture but the overall package offered by WA , SA and the ACT is MUCH better. Would I sacrifice 2 weeks leave for an 18K payrise. You betcha! That’s about 34 overtime shifts per annum less I’d have to do to earn what I do now in Victoria. That means enjoying my days off! It is ridiculous that a first year grad in WA now earns more than me as an 8 year + ALS Paramedic in Victoria. It is also innovative that some other states have introduced roster line sharing for part timers and a wage structure that offers a significant pay rise once 10 years service is reached. It’s well worth a read of these awards. Plenty of legal type speak in them but the big ticket items are fairly easy to understand. interestingly , for WA in particular, this agreement was made with NO TRADE OFFS!

  11. jen mcintyre says:

    My mum is an ambulance paramedic, and seeing and knowing the stress and hard work she puts into her job, I think pay rates should be equal in every state and I dont undertand why it would be so difficult to reward them proplerly.

  12. Barry says:

    We are way behind other States in regard to pay parity. There is also the question in regard to, honour, respect, loyalty, compassion, commitment, strength, consultation and support. AV management sadly lack any of these essential leadership qualities. If you speak up, you are marked. If you follow and cooperate, many opportunities are made available. In the end, we will all suffer for not standing up this time. It is very easy to control people when thier security is put at risk. Who says you need a gun to control people? All you need to do is threaten financial security. AV have become masters of this action.

  13. Bek says:

    I am starting to understand why we aren’t paid professional rates. It was an achievement 7 years ago to be offered a job with RAV. Then I put in the hard yards for TWO whole years, monthly meetings, log books, skill stations etc etc. We were a bunch which would be accepted immediately when turning up to a colleges family.

    Now, we are mostly bums on seats. People don’t want to work nightshift, Friday nights, or the weekend. In 9 months you are a fully fledged paramedic, when you haven’t even seen a dead person. Half our branches are now Paramedics who haven’t clocked, or have just clocked 12 months in the job.

    AV is making our case for professional rates look like a joke. Well done AV. I can’t wait to be rid of you.

  14. admin says:

    Hi Elroy, may I suggest that you join the Talkfest Forum For Paramedics at:


    It’s a better place to get answers to you PR questions.

    Regards, John

  15. Shano says:

    I’ve worked in 3 different ambulance services and 4 different private Paramedic supply companies and whilst RAV/MAS (AV) was of an exceptionally high standard, the pay was only just higher than QAS. (Not much) C’mon AV recognise and reward professionalism.

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