Congratulations to all Queensland public sector nurses and midwives, who overwhelmingly voted up the EB11 enterprise agreement. As the only union and representative for nurses and midwives at the bargaining table, the QNMU worked hard to negotiate a suitable agreement, one that recognises your dedication and professionalism.

The agreement includes:

  • the most significant wage increase from any public sector employer in the country (4% for first year, 4% for second, and 3% for third year, plus Cost of Living Adjustment payments)
  • commitments around annual leave not being deducted on public holidays
  • an increase to Sunday penalty rates
  • fatigue leave for remote call
  • the right for part-time employees to have their contracted hours reviewed
  • and more.

Read a summary of the improvements in your EB11 agreement

Click here to read the full EB11 agreement 

Congratulations to all QNMU members for securing this agreement

Without members' direct actions to improve the government's wages policy and to put the agreement out for consultation after unacceptable delays, we wouldn't be where we are today.

We believe this is a good agreement. Of course, there will always be things to improve, which is why bargaining happens every couple of years. But for now, we encourage you to read what's in your new agreement and familiarise yourself with your new wages and conditions.

Latest updates

  • EB11: Opting out of additional annual leave and public holidays
    Published: 26 July 2023

    Clause 35.3 of EB11 allows nurses and midwives to opt out of receiving their fifth week of annual leave in exchange for not having to work or be available to work on public holidays.
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  • EB11 Cost of Living Adjustment payment
    Published: 10 May 2023

    Queensland Health and Department of Education nurses and midwives will receive a one-off payment equivalent to 3% of their base wage, thanks to the Cost of Living Adjustment payment negotiated by the QNMU for EB11.
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  • EB11 – QH delays in new allowances payments, backpay still to apply
    Published: 22 February 2023

    There have been delays in QH implementing a number of the new entitlements we negotiated, even though backpay of these entitlements applies from the date the agreement was certified (7 December 2022).
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  • Annual leave exclusive of public holidays – know your EB11 agreement
    Published: 22 February 2023

    Through EB11 negotiations, the QNMU and QH reached an agreement on various work arrangements for public holidays – many of which had been issues for QNMU members for many years.
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