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A snapshot of the Australian Nursing Federation.


Established in 1924, the Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) is the only organisation in Australia representing the industrial and professional interests of nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing.

The ANF has over 220,000 members working across Australia in cities, rural, regional and remote locations and in every area of health, health prevention and aged care. There is a total of 346,508 nurses in Australia employed in nursing (25) and contributing directly to all areas of Australia's health and aged care.

All Australians must have access to safe, quality health and aged care. To achieve this, it is important that Australia continues to have a robust, well-educated and highly experienced nursing and midwifery workforce. Ensuring that every nurse, midwife and assistant in nursing receives pay and conditions reflective of their extensive level of skill and education is a priority for the ANF.

The ANF campaigns to raise political awareness, and political action if necessary, among its members and the community in the pursuit of improved public policy on health, aged care, education, employment, industrial relations and all areas of social justice.

Australia's health and aged care systems and its nursing and midwifery workforce face many challenges. The ANF is working with nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing, governments, community and consumer groups, health and aged care providers and other health care professionals to progress solutions and build a sustainable health workforce for the future good health of Australia.

The ANF Federal Office

The ANF Federal Office has locations in Melbourne and Canberra. The Federal Office develops policy and represents ANF members at a national level in the areas of health, aged care, education, the nursing and midwifery workforce, industrial relations and social justice.

Lee Thomas, Federal Secretary of the ANF and Yvonne Chaperon, Assistant Federal Secretary, coordinate the national activities of the Federation. Branch Secretaries manage the activities of the state and territory branches of the ANF.

The governing bodies of the Union are the Federal Council and Federal Executive. National committees cover industrial and professional issues, occupational health and safety and aged care.

The ANF Federal Office publishes two nursing journals:

* The Australian Nursing Journal (ANJ) published monthly consists of clinical articles, a monthly feature and the latest union, nursing and midwifery news

* The Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing (AJAN), published quarterly, is a peer reviewed research journal, available at

ANF membership

ANF membership is the most effective way for nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing to ensure that fair working conditions and rates of pay are negotiated for the entire nursing and midwifery workforce. Fair wages and working conditions help to retain nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing in the workforce, thereby improving Australia's health and aged care system. The ANF provides a range of services to members through its state and territory branches.

Services include:

* information about wages and conditions of employment

* industrial representation

* professional indemnity insurance

* legal representation

* negotiation of awards and agreements

* resolution of workplace disputes

* information and representation on workplace issues such as occupational health and safety

* education services

* library services

Members can become actively involved in ANF campaigns and activities through their Branch, the ANF state and federal websites, and the ANF publications.

Joining the ANF

Nurses join the ANF branch in the state or territory where they work:

ANF Australian Capital Territory Branch

NSW Nurses' Association (ANF NSW Branch)

ANF Northern Territory Branch

Queensland Nurses' Union (ANF QLD Branch)

ANMF South Australian Branch

ANF Tasmanian Branch

ANF Victorian Branch

ANF Western Australian Branch

The ANF's international work

The ANF represents nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing internationally through membership of other national and international nursing organisations and professional associations. The ANF is a member of the Commonwealth Nurses Federation, the South Pacific Nurses Forum and the International Council of Nurses (ICN).

The ANF is affiliated to the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), International Centre for Trade Union Rights and Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA (Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad) which is the overseas aid agency of the trade union movement. Further information about the ANF is available at:

Useful Links:


RCNA  Royal College of Nursing Australia:
NMBA  Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia:
ANMC  Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council:
CNF   Commonwealth Nurses Federation:
ICN   International Council of Nurses:


ACTU  Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU):
FWC   Fair Work Commission:
FWO   Fair Work Ombudsman:


ILO     International Labour Organisations: http:/
ITUC    International Trade Union Confederation:
PSI     Public Services International:
APHEDA  Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad:
SPNF    South Pacific Nurses Forum:


AIHW   Australian Institute of Health and Welfare:
ABS    Australian Bureau of Statistics:
AHPRA  Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency:




Head Office:

Unit 3, 28 Eyre Street, Kingston ACT 2604 PO Box 4239, Kingston ACT 2604 Phone: +61 2 6232 6533 Fax: +61 2 6232 6610 Email: Website:

Industrial Services and Journals:

Level 1, 365 Queen Street, Melbourne Victoria 3000 Phone: +61 3 9602 8500 Fax: +61 3 9602 8567 Email: (Industrial Services) (Journals) (General Enquiries)

Publications Unit:

Phone: +61 3 9602 8512 Fax: +61 3 9602 8567 Email:

(25) The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) now publishes quarterly data on the nursing and midwifery workforce



BRANCH SECRETARY Jenny Miragaya         BRANCH SECRETARY Brett Holmes

Office address                          Office address
Unit 3, 36 Botany Street,               50 O'Dea Avenue, Waterloo 2017
Phillip 2606                            Phone 1300 367 962
Phone (02) 6282 9455                    Fax (02) 9550 3667
Fax (02) 6282 8447                      Email



Office address                          Office address
16 Caryota Court                        106 Victoria Street
Coconut Grove NT 0810                   West End 4101
Phone (08) 8920 0700                    Phone (07) 3840 1444
Fax (08) 8985 5930                      Fax (07) 3844 9387
Email                 Email

SOUTH AUSTRALIA                         TASMANIA

BRANCH SECRETARY                        BRANCH SECRETARY Neroli Ellis
Elizabeth Dabars
Office address                          Office address
101 Torrens Road, Ridleyton 5008        182 Macquarie Street,
                                        Hobart 7000
Phone (08) 8334 1900                    Phone (03) 6223 6777
Fax (08) 8334 1901                      Information 1800 001 241
                                        (toll free)
Email             Fax (03) 6224 0229

VICTORIA                                WESTERN AUSTRALIA


Office address                          Office address
540 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne 3000    260 Pier Street, Perth 6000
Phone (03) 9275 9333                    Phone (08) 6218 9444
Information 1800 133 353 (toll free)    Information 1800 199 145
Fax (03) 9275 9344                      (toll free)
Email             Fax (08) 9218 9455
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Date:Jun 1, 2013
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