Public Service Announcement from the WA Government

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Western Australian public hospitals will experience disruptions.
Public service announcement from the WA Government

Western Australians will experience disruptions at public hospitals due to ongoing unlawful industrial action by the nursing union.

While emergency services remain open, unfortunately other health services may be impacted.

For medical issues that are not an emergency, visit a GP, pharmacy or urgent care clinic, or contact healthdirect on 1800 022 222.

The WA Government remains committed to the agreement it reached with the union in the WA Industrial Relations Commission. 

The offer that was agreed in-principle will deliver:

  • nurse to patient ratios across public hospitals

  • annual wage increases ranging from 3 per cent to 4.5 per cent

  • a one-off $3,000 cost of living payment

  • an additional $1,200 per annum mentoring allowance for certain experienced nurses
  • the highest shift allowance in the nation

Resolving the matter and improving wages and conditions for nurses continues to be a priority for the WA Government.

The WA Government’s public sector wages offer is more generous than what was offered in NSW, Victoria, the Commonwealth, NT, and ACT.

The State wages policy amounts to $3.3 billion for all total public sector wages.

Nearly 80,000 public sector workers have accepted the State Government’s wages offer including doctors, enrolled nurses, allied health and hospital administration staff, hospital support staff, teachers, TAFE lecturers, transit guards, education assistants, cleaners and gardeners.

Western Australia’s wages policy helps WA’s lowest paid workers giving low paid workers the bigger increases to assist with cost of living pressures.

Examples:

  • A graduate level nurse on $69,697 will receive an average pay rise of 4.5% per annum for two years, PLUS the one-off $3,000 cost of living payment.

  • A level 2.4 nurse on $98,742 will receive an average pay rise of 3.1% per annum for two years, PLUS the one-off $3,000 cost of living payment.

Western Australia’s wages for nurses are very competitive with other States and Territories, with night shift allowances the highest in the nation. WA nurse salaries including shift allowances are above national average levels.

Resolving the matter and improving wages and conditions for nurses continues to be a priority for the State Government.  

Full details on the offer can be found below.

To all nurses and midwives who do an outstanding job, thank you.


WA Industrial Relations Commission Orders

Page reviewed 30 November 2022