The wages and conditions for nurses in Australia are determined by various Awards and Agreements. Generally speaking, awards of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission provide the legal minimum for wages and working conditions. In addition to this, nurses in the public health sector and in private hospitals are normally covered by an industrial agreement which provide additional wages and working conditions.
While there is some degree of consistency, wages and conditions can very depending on the relevant State/Territory and the specific area of nursing.
The Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) provides information and comparisons of the salaries for nurses across Australia.
Remuneration and the Mental Health Nurses working with PHNs in primary health care
For Credentialed Mental Health Nurses working under PHNs in primary health care, the ACMHN advocates and recommends that they be engaged at an equivalent salary to a Clinical Nurse Specialist in NSW or the equivalent role in each state and territory.
The ACMHN also advocates and recommends Individual nurses should negotiate salary and other employment conditions commensurate with their specialist expertise and the highly skilled role they undertake when working as a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse.