QNMU members

The Queensland Nurses and Midwives' Union is run by nurses and midwives for nurses and midwives.

United by shared values, we are the strongest and most successful advocate for nurses and midwives in Queensland.

When the time comes to stand up for yourself, for your colleagues or for your patients and residents, knowing you have the support of more than 69,000 other QNMU members makes a huge difference.

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 Comprehensive protection

Professional Indemnity Insurance 

The QNMU’s Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) is one of the most comprehensive policies on the market. Financial members receive:


  • cover for up to $10 million, or $70 million in the aggregate
  • retroactive cover (applies for an unlimited period if another policy was not in place)
  • run-off cover (for incidents that occurred while a financial member of the QNMU, but where the claim is made after you stop practicing or you are no longer a member of the QNMU)
  • no excess fees.

Some of the common types of claims covered by our policy include:

  • negligence claims
  • summons to give evidence before a Coronial Inquest
  • defending defamation claims.

Note: Cover is subject to the terms and conditions of the policy being met and any applicable exclusions.

Free legal support for work-related matters 

Members get access to experienced lawyers and experts for work-related matters at no extra charge such as:

  • wage claims
  • unfair dismissal
  • workers compensation
  • complaints to the OHO or AHPRA
  • problems with applications for registration, renewal and re-entry
  • professional misconduct charges
  • AHPRA investigations
  • coronial investigations and inquests.

The QNMU can assist members with workplace issues. We can attend meetings with you, assist with making statements to various authorities, or even represent you in disciplinary matters.

You name it, we’ve been there and dealt with it before.

*New members have full rights to representation. This excludes representation for pre-existing matters — i.e. matters known to the member prior to joining the QNMU.

Discounted legal support for non-work related matters

QNMU LegalPlus gives members access to discounted legal advice for all non-work related matters including wills and family law. The first consultation is free.

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 QNMU membership pays for itself

Year in year out, the QNMU wins better wages and conditions for nurses and midwives, advancing the professional standing of our members in the workplace. In recent years, the QNMU has:

  • increased wages significantly
  • secured nurse-to-patient ratios in Queensland
  • recovered millions of dollars for members
  • secured Federal Government commitments on aged care.                 

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 Advice when you need it

Hotline support

Our Member Connect team are just one phone call away if members need help or advice. All Member Connect staff are nurses or midwives with decades of combined experience.

Continuing professional development

Our one-stop CPD portal offers QNMU members a range of resources to help meet your CPD requirements. This includes free access to a bespoke learning management system built for nurses and midwives, with up-to-date specialist content developed by qualified healthcare and legal experts.

Free training and education delivered in-person

Our extensive training program is offered to members right across Queensland. It’s all free and counts towards CPD. In an average year, we deliver more than 25 different courses at across Queensland.


Stay up to date with what’s going on in nursing and midwifery, including campaigns, health care trends and success stories. Our flagship magazine, InScope, is delivered to members quarterly. 


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 Additional benefits

Access to professional programs

QNMU members are invited to participate in our annual Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards and QNMU Mentoring program.

Recognition under law

QNMU members enjoy the peace of mind that their union is registered under Queensland laws and held to the highest ethical and legal standards. As a member, you have the benefit of a democratic, accountable and regulated union, which leaves no question that the QNMU will be:

  • party to making or commencing a new Enterprise Agreement
  • recognised under the Nurses Award
  • able to represent you at work, in the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission and other industrial courts and tribunals in Queensland.

The QNMU is part of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, which is also registered and recognised under federal Fair Work laws.

A direct say at all levels

Members decide how the QNMU is run. We operate from the branches up. Local branches vote on and set the agenda at our Annual Conference. All members can vote to elect our leadership team (who are all AHPRA regulated nurses and midwives).

Exclusive benefits

Union ShopperNew Daily Media, and Union Health all have special offers for QNMU members to give you the most bang for your buck.

Our fee structure is fair for everyone (based on classification) and union fees are tax deductible. Furthermore, we're not-for-profit, so 100% of membership fees are dedicated to achieving the best outcome for nurses and midwives in Queensland.

Download a print version of our membership application form.