Medical Officer Professional Career Development
The Medical Officers Professional Career Development
Committee (MOPCDC) will assess the Medical level of
each MO presently in service, both Regular and Reserve.
Every MO will have a Medical level assigned
irrespective of whether they decide to move to the new
system or no, as the MO must still be placed within the
This Committee will comprise
- Chair Medical Officer of O6 or higher rank
- a minimum of one senior Medical Officer from
- a minimum of one Career Management Agency
representative from each Service
The Chair is appointed by CDF. The Chair may then
appoint members and secretariat as appropriate, using
the framework above.
The Committee will
- set, review and recommend the assessment criteria
for Medical levels consistent with the DFRT Ruling,
- assess the Medical level and increment of MOs being
considered for appointment to the ADF in accordance
with the competency requirements of the Career
Structure approved by the DFRT,
- make recommendations on the progression of Medical
Officers to higher Medical Levels (ML) to Service
Career Management Delegates, and
- implement the transition requirements contained in
the Medical Officer�s Case Court Book, including the
Medical level and increment.
Note that the Committee can only make
recommendations to the Career
Management agencies on aspects of new entrants and
existing member competencies, and career progression.
At least one member of the Committee will have received
training in workplace assessment.
The full Terms of Reference of the Committee will be
published when available.
The principles the MOPCDC will follow are:
- All entrants to the ADF on and from 31 July 2003
will enter under the new scheme only.
- Current members assessed to be at a lower rate of
competency than the job they are in may be
grandfathered to the ML for their job (applies to those
currently serving MO who have not yet gained an
appropriate fellowship or vocational registration). The
grandfathering will work on a six-year rule. MO with at
least six years equivalent of full time military
service will be deemed to be ML3 and those with at
least 12 years equivalent of full time service will be
deemed to be ML4. Full time military service relates to
the time after completion of the residency period when
performing full time duties with the ADF at an ADF
- Members who have been grandfathered must complete
the competency requirements within six years of
transfer to the new system or their Medical level, and
thus salary, will be reduced to their true assessed
- Election to move to the new scheme is voluntary.
The election can be made at any time and is one way
only. Therefore, once on the new system, a member can
not return to the old.
- All members on a permanent commission not wishing
to transfer to the new scheme can elect to stay with
the old structure, otherwise they will transfer to a
fixed period of service (FPS) or a be offered a limited
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