Our Union

About Us

We are Queensland’s largest and most powerful union – we are run by nurses and midwives, for nurses and midwives.

The Queensland Nurses and Midwives' Union (QNMU) is the industrial and professional organisation for nurses and midwives working in public and private health and aged care in Queensland.

The QNMU seeks to promote and defend the industrial, professional, social, political and democratic interests of over 70,000 members.

Members include:

  • Registered Nurses
  • Midwives
  • Enrolled Nurses
  • Assistants in Nursing, Carers and Personal Care Workers with a Certificate IV or higher
  • Students
  • Anyone who undertakes nursing work.

There is no other organisation in Queensland that provides comprehensive representation for nurses and midwives as both employees and professionals. Nurses and midwives, through the QNMU, have a long and proud history of working together to achieve improvements to working conditions, to the profession and, through the broader union movement, to the lives of all Australians.

The QNMU is a state-registered union and a branch of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), which has over 322,000 members nationally.  QNMU members are also members of the ANMF.

Our Leadership Team

Our leadership team, including Council, is made up of nurses and midwives and elected by QNMU members.

Rules of the QNMU

Nurse and midwife members are at every level of our organisation, and our rules help govern our union and set the highest standard.

Structure and Democracy

Nurse and midwife members are at every level of our union. Branches are the building blocks of our democratic structure and ensure members at all levels have their voice heard. Our organisation is set up to deliberately provide members opportunities to be involved in decision-making, from electing the leadership team, participating in local elections to determine member leadership roles (including Workplace Representatives and Delegates), to driving policies through Annual Conference.

Our Strategic Plan

Our Strategic Plan determines the direction and future activities of our union, and is reviewed every few years.

Download the
QNMU Strategic Plan