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URGENT UPDATE – Nurses and Midwives EA Ballot Compromised

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) Tasmanian Branch has today discovered that the ballot for the nurses and midwives agreement has been compromised. Therefore, to ensure the integrity of the ballot, it will need to be conducted again.

The ANMF became aware on Friday that THS members who had elected their preferred email address as a Tasmanian Health Service, did not receive the ballot. Despite ANMF having previously received written advice from the Department of Health that THS were not blocking ANMF email, it appeared that this was still the case.  After investigation the email distributor ‘Mailchimp’ used by ANMF appeared to be being blocked by the THS. ANMF immediately sent individual emails to each member with a THS email direct from ANMF email accounts to ensure that everyone had the ballot. However, after this it is clear that the ballot was compromised.

ANMF received hundreds of votes in a matter of minutes from the same IP address and from other IP addresses which indicate that there has been outside interference and possibly robot activity.

Therefore, ANMF have requested that Government allow ANMF to re-ballot members through the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).  This will ensure that the ballot cannot be compromised, and members can have confidence in the results. This has been approved by Government.

ANMF are awaiting dates as to when the AEC can conduct the ballot and once we have this confirmation, members will be advised. In the interim members are encouraged to update their contact details with ANMF to include a personal, and current, email address and a current mail address to ensure that all members can vote when the ballot is sent.

ANMF wish to reassure members that the Government have given assurances that due to the unforeseen circumstances that the current improved offer will remain open until the subsequent ballot can be conducted and that this will not compromise any back-pay arrangements.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact our Member Support Team on (03) 6223 6777
or 1800 001 241 (if outside Hobart). Alternatively, email



Term of the Agreement

The offer is based on an agreement for a period of four (4) years.

Wage Rise

The wage rise offered is in line with what has been offers to other public sector unions:

  • 2.3% per annum with back pay to the first full pay period on or after (ffppooa) 1 December 2019
  • 2.3% per annum with effect from the ffppooa 1 December 2020
  • 2.35% per annum with effect from the ffppooa 1 December 2021
  • 2.35% per annum with effect from the ffppooa 1 December 2022
Additional Salary Increments

All nurses and midwives Grade 3 and above will have an additional salary increment added to the top end of their increments which equates to approximately an additional 1% salary increase from the date the agreement is registered.

Professional Development Allowance

The professional development allowance will increase to $750. In the fourth year $250 of the $750 will be added to base salary. The cash component of the PDA will then be $500 going forward.


Agreement to pilot the ANUM role without a patient load (nursing hours to be backfilled) at the North West Regional Hospital for the first 24 months of the agreement with consideration of further extension.

Day Worker Overtime Rates

Day workers who undertake overtime to provide clinical care will be paid at double time from the commencement of the overtime. This will apply to all clinical areas that relate to surgical services.

Grade 8 and Grade 9 On-call

Grade 8 and Grade 9 Nurses and Midwives will be paid at a minimum of one hour at base salary for taking phone calls while on-call after hours.

12 Hour Shifts and Meal Breaks

12 hours shifts will include two paid meal breaks of 20 minutes. Previously these breaks were unpaid.

Statuary Declarations for Personal Leave

Allow a statuary declaration to be used where it is not practical for an employee to provide a medical certificate or other acceptable documentation.

Recall from Annual Leave

An employee will now be able to decline any requests to return to work from recreation leave. If the employee chooses to return, they will be paid at double time on their first shift and any remaining annual leave will be re-credited.

Meal Allowance

An increase in the travel meal allowance will be provided with an amendment to the Award. The increase will mean an increase in the kilometers required to travel to 60km.

Leave Arrangements

Re-crediting of Recreation Leave and Parental Leave where compassionate or bereavement conditions apply.


Employer superannuation contributions will be paid during unpaid Parental Leave in first 12 months and for employees on workers compensation.

Family Friendly

Paid Parental Leave to increase from 14 to 16 weeks and Paid Partner Leave to increase from 1 to 3 weeks paid leave.

Non-Agreement Matters

Review of Fixed Term Employment

In the first 12 months of the agreement a review of fixed term employment will be undertaken to assess suitability for nurses, midwives and care workers to transition to permanence within the Tasmanian Health Service.

Print the summary here
Read the past offer here
update your member details here

Correct as at 23 December 2019
Authorised by Emily Shepherd, ANMF Tasmanian Branch Secretary

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