WA nurses vote in favour of government’s 14 per cent pay offer

Tuesday 26th February, 2013

WA public hospital nurses have voted to accept the state government's eleventh-hour wage offer which will see them become the highest paid nurses in the nation after their wages rise 14 per cent over the next three years. ANF members held a mass meeting on Monday to vote on the offer, which Premier Colin Barnett announced late on Sunday on the eve of a threatened 24-hour strike.

The Government's offer included:

  • A salary increase of 14% over three years, the first part of such increase to be an increase of 5% for the first year from 1 July 2013, with a further 4% from 1 July 2014 and a further 5% from 1 July 2015
  • No loss of conditions
  • The retention of the current workloads clause
  • Removal of the car parking fees from all hospitals except for Royal Perth and the new Fiona Stanley Hospitals
  • Negotiations to recommence after the state election (March 9) and an agreement is not resolved in relation to matters outstanding in the log of claims by 30 June 2013 (the expiry date for the current agreement) the dispute in relation to those outstanding matters shall be arbitrated by the WA IRC


  • Some of the items still to be negotiated include:
  • Additional increments
  • Retention bonus
  • Reduced parking charges at RPH, Fremantle and Fiona Stanley Hospitals
  • Yearly Professional development allowance
  • Redundancy, retraining and redeployment provisions (particularly relevant to Swan District Hospital)
  • Restoration of the rural gratuities
  • Converting sick leave to annual leave
  • Qualification allowance extended to casuals
  • Establishing a working party to increase the graduate positions
  • Authorised Mental Health Practitioner Allowance
  • Lead Apron Allowance
  • Pro-rata long service leave available after 5 years