Nurses Award (Industrial)

A national Nurses Award was introduced on 1 January 2010. The Nurses Award covers nurses in primary health care and general practice – including registered nurses, enrolled nurses, nursing assistants and midwives. It determines the minimum pay and conditions for a nurse working in Australia.

The National Employment Standards (NES) is a separate component of Federal industrial relations legislation and determines the absolute minimum standards of pay and conditions for any employee in Australia. Read the 10 minimum standards of the NES below. 

If you are seeking help with an industrial issue or believe your employer is acting in breach of your employment rights please contact the Fair Work Commission on 1300 799 675 or the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation branch in your state.

The Australian Primary Health Care Association acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.


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