Why join


Our members, working together over many years, have achieved great gains for nurses and midwives in NSW. By becoming a member, you add to the collective strength of our 62,000+ membership. You’ll share the benefits of belonging and can participate in Association activities – as often or as little as you choose. Watch our Why Join? video then scroll down for more good reasons to join.

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Benefits of your membership

Legal safety net

Membership offers the security of knowing that if you need assistance with a situation arising from work, eg. workers compensation, coroner’s inquest or professional disciplinary hearings, we will provide you with appropriate legal representation.

Journey Accident Insurance

The Association has obtained Journey Accident Insurance for members in the wake of changes to Workers Compensation laws by the O’Farrell Government in June 2012. This insurance took effect from 5pm on 18 September 2012. The insurance provides for financial members up to 70 years of age. Find out more here.

Workplace health and safety

Safety of members is a priority for the NSWNMA. Our workplace health and safety service provides advice that can protect you and your colleagues while you’re at work and if problems arise we can insist on OH&S improvements on your behalf.

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Each month you’ll receive a copy of our magazine The Lamp, which will keep you up to date with news of the profession and NSWNMA activities. Many hospitals and workplaces in NSW have a branch of the NSWNMA. Branch officials from your workplace can assist you with most queries relating to pay and conditions of employment. Or you can contact the Association for help with more complex or confidential issues.

Professional indemnity insurance

We provide Professional Indemnity Insurance as part of NSWNMA membership. This is for nurses and midwives who work in states other than NSW, members working for a bankrupt employer whose insurances have not been maintained or members doing private nursing work secondary to their main employment. Additionally, as a condition of registration, you can automatically attest that you comply with AHPRA requirements. Members undergoing supervised practice to re-register are also covered. Find more information here.

Confidential advice and assistance

A nursing career is stimulating, challenging and rewarding. There will be times in your career, though, when you need information, advice or assistance. In some instances this will be help that only the union is able to provide.

Professional development

As a member you can attend our range of industrial, legal and professional education programs, seminars and conferences at subsidised or reduced rates.


Each year members and associate members are invited to apply for education, conference and research scholarships provided by the Edith Cavell Trust. Annually the Edith Cavell Trust provides over $100,000 to assist nurses with their professional development and further studies.


The union has ongoing involvement in the improvement of both public and industry superannuation funds. Union representatives work to ensure that your superannuation funds are focused on securing your financial future.

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Why Join? resources

Download a Why Join? brochure to distribute to colleagues.

Download a  Why Join? poster to display in your workplace.