Description of Conduct

The RDAA and its state associations have sought re-authorisation to continue to collectively negotiate with state and territory health departments, Country Health South Australia and Western Australia Country Health Service, on behalf of rural doctors. The negotiations relate to the terms and conditions under which rural doctors, including GPs and locums, provide services in public hospitals and health facilities as Visiting Medical Officers and provide after-hours services. The RDAA also seeks to extend authorisation to collectively negotiate with Victorian Local Hospital Networks, certain specified Primary Health Networks and Queensland Hospital and Health Service (HHS) areas.

On 19 December 2018, the ACCC issued a final determination granting re-authorisation until 19 December 2028.

Indicative timetable for assessment of the application

31 July 2018

Lodgment of application and supporting submission.

10 August 2018

Public consultation process begins.

31 August 2018

Closing date for submissions from interested parties.

September 2018

Applicant responds to issues raised in the public consultation process.

9 November 2018

Draft determination and interim authorization.

November 2018

Public consultation on draft determination including any conference if called.

 19 December 2018

 Final determination.


  • Rural Doctors Association of Australia Limited

Authorisation number(s)

  • AA1000427-1