Nursing Careers AustraliaNursing Australia Careers, we recruit, place and support Indian nurses in nursing positions throughout Australia.

How is salary determined?

The majority of nurses have their pay determined by “Awards”

  • These are pay and conditions determined by Industrial Tribunals
  • Awards are legally enforceable
  • Awards cover a particular industry or occupation.
  • By law, employees whose pay is set by an award cannot be paid less.
  • Severe penalties apply to employers who pay less.
  • Some hospitals have “collective agreements” negotiated with the staff.

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Rates of Pay
Most nursing awards have a “base” rate of pay

  • “Base rate” is the minimum a full time employee can be legally paid
  • This is the rate of pay paid for a morning shift called “ordinary rate”
  • Morning shifts can start as early as 6am and end as late as 4pm.
  • A full time nurse is paid for 38 hours per week (1,976 hours per year)
  • This pay includes 4 weeks holiday.
  • For any other shift, evening, night, weekend, the rate of pay will be higher.
  • Most nurses will work a rotation of shifts

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Reward for Experience
Most awards recognise and reward a nurse for experience.

  • Experience is measured in hours worked as a nurse.
  • Standard working hours are 1976 hours a year. ( 52 weeks x 38 hrs)
  • There are 8 grades, one for each year (1,976 hours) of experience
  • Pay rates increase by 4-5% for each year of experience.
  • After the 8th year all the pay rates are the same

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Shift Allowances
Employees working shifts other than the morning shift are paid additional amounts.

  • These are called “shift allowances” or “penalty rates”.
  • Typically these are the following:
  • Afternoon shift starting at 1pm: +10%
  • Night shift starting at 4pm: +15%
  • Saturday shift : +50%
  • Sunday shift : +75%
  • Public Holiday shifts:+200% (11 public holidays per year)
  • Overtime: +200%

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Increases in Pay Rates
Pay rates in Nursing have increased 5-4% per year.

  • In addition there is an increase by moving to a higher age scale.
  • Inflation over the last 5 years has averaged 2.5%.
  • This means a nurses pay may increase 8% per year.
  • More than twice as fast as the wages of other occupations.
  • We cannot guarantee these increases will continue.

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