Emergency medical equipment in accident and emergency at Nambour General Hospital.
Emergency medical equipment in accident and emergency at Nambour General Hospital. Iain Curry

Chapter closed on pay rises for nurses and midwives

QUEENSLAND Health's over 32,000 public nurses and midwives have this week received their final instalment of an almost 10% pay increase since the Newman LNP government was elected to office.

Mr Springborg said this week's third instalment of the LNP's pay increase meant the average nurse or midwife would receive $242 per fortnight more in their pay packet than just two years ago.

He said the Newman Government's pay increase had also been acknowledged by the Queensland Nurses Union, which conceded in its annual report to members "keeps Queensland Health nurses and midwives amongst the highest paid in the country".

From this month the average Queensland Health Nurse, on a Grade 5.5 level, will receive an annual salary of $73,757 compared with two years ago when it was just $67,439.

"This isn't just about an LNP Government rewarding and valuing our frontline staff, it's also about investing in them and the entire profession," Mr Springborg said.

The pay increases, which amount to 3.16% per annum over three years, were in addition to significant reforms which empowered nurses in the workplace including new rules that ensured a nurse was on every single Hospital and Health Board in Queensland.

Mr Springborg said he and the Premier had adopted a "can do" approach to valuing and empowering nurses and midwives after thousands had been forced to take out loans or apply for emergency cash payments.

Mr Springborg once again paid tribute to the thousands of Queensland nurses that were helping improve hospital waiting-lists across the state.

Fast Facts:

  • Average Nurse (Grade 5.5) previously received $2584.94 per fortnight; from this week they will receive $2827.1 per fortnight which equals a $242.16 increase per fortnight.
  • Average Nurse (Grade 5.5) previously received $67,439 per fortnight; from this week they will receive $73,757 fortnight;
  • There are twelve grades of nursing and midwifery employees, and 50 different pay levels.

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