EB11 voted up!


Congratulations to all Queensland public sector nurses and midwives, who have overwhelmingly voted up their EB11 enterprise agreement. Here are the results:

  • Queensland Health - 92% who participated voted 'yes'.
  • Department of Education - 96% who participated voted 'yes'.


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
  • 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

What happens now?


The agreement will now go to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) for certification (approval). Normally, this process takes a few weeks.

Once the QIRC has certified the agreement, Queensland Health (QH) and Department of Education (DoE) payroll will take steps to implement the increases to your pay and allowances.

They will also commence the process of calculating and processing the back pay of wages and current allowances to 1 April 2022. (Note: increases to new allowance, such as double time Sunday penalty rates and Nurse Practitioner allowance, will not be back paid. This is standard practice for any new enterprise agreement, and something outside the QNMU's control.)

Once we have a clearer indication from QH and DoE on timeframes of when they expect to process these increases and back pay, we will let you know - but the QNMU has stressed that this needs to be done as quickly as possible.

Remember, your COLA payment will be calculated in March of each year of the agreement and paid in June.

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.

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