Why join

Our members, in the public, private and aged care sectors, have together achieved great gains for nurses and midwives in NSW. By becoming a member, you add to the collective strength of our 75,000+ membership.

You’ll share the benefits of belonging and can participate in the wide range of Association activities – as often or as little as you choose. Membership is also fully tax deductible!

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Benefits of your membership

In this section, read about the many benefits of membership, our current contests and promotions, what students get from free associate membership, Association merchandise and activist training.

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 travel to and from work) for members in the wake of changes to Workers Compensation laws by the NSW Government in June 2012. The insurance provides for financial members up to 75 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 and if problems arise we can insist on WHS improvements on your behalf.

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Every three months you’ll receive a copy of our magazine The Lamp, and you have access to Lamp Online which will keep you up to date with news of the profession and NSWNMA activities. 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 members who work in NSW; members who take short-term contract work interstate or in some overseas countries; 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. See our Member Assistance Policy here. If you’re a member seeking advice, please contact the NSWNMA here.

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 approximately $100,000 to assist members 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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iLearn – FREE online Professional Education for NSWNMA members!

Meeting your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) obligations is now even easier with iLearn – our online education portal.


  • FREE access to over 200 CPD modules online
  • Highly visual and interactive modules you can do at your own pace
  • New modules added regularly
  • Your own personalised ePortfolio and CPD tracker so you can provide evidence to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) of participation in CPD annually.
Check out our eLearning library modules

New users must create a ONE-TIME login to Member Central

For all NSWNMA courses throughout the year, please refer to the Online Education Calendar. All courses may attract CPD hours. For enquiries, please contact the Association on 02 8595 1234 (metro) or 1300 367 962 (rural).

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More questions before joining?

If you are not yet a member and would like us to contact you, please email membership@nswnma.asn.au or call us on 02 8595 1234.

Why Join? resources

Download a Why Join? brochure to distribute to colleagues.