Qualifications allowance

Postgraduate qualification allowance process for WA Health registered nurses and midwives

Under the current ANF Industrial agreements, registered nurses and midwives who meet the criteria may be eligible for a qualification allowance.

A nurse and/or midwife intending to apply for a qualification allowance must consider, prior to submitting an application, the Qualification allowance application process (PDF 150KB) document and the list of Approved courses and educational institutions (Excel 176KB). If a course is not included on the list, it will need to go to the Independent Review Panel (IRP) for review, as described below. Please note that an Honours qualification does not qualify for the ANF Qualification Allowance as it is an extension of a Bachelor qualification.

To make an application to the IRP, the nurse or midwife is to complete the HCN Qualification Allowance (K5) form (intranet), with all accompanying documents required, and submit the form to their manager.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all supporting documents have been provided to the IRP as part of their application. A checklist of the required documentation is provided in the Qualification allowance application process (PDF 150KB) document. The IRP is not able to consider applications submitted without the required documentation.

Queries regarding the ANF Qualification Allowance may be forwarded to CNO-QAfC@health.wa.gov.au

Independent Review Panel

The Independent Review Panel (IRP) meets three-monthly to review applications that are unable to be processed by individual health sites or are appealed. The panel consists the Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer (or delegate), a representative from the ANF and a member of the WA Health industrial relations department.

Applications for review by the IRP must be sent to CNO-QAfC@health.wa.gov.au at least ten working days prior to the meeting dates to allow all members of the panel to review prior to convening. Notification of the outcome will be issued within 14 working days of the IRP meeting.

Independent Review Panel meeting dates

  • 28 March 2023 (Applications must be submitted to the Qualification Allowance Secretariat by COB 13 March 2023).
  • 16 August 2023 (Applications must be submitted to the Qualification Allowance Secretariat by COB 1 August 2023).
  • 22 November 2023 (Applications must be submitted to the Qualification Allowance Secretariat by COB 8 November 2023).

Resources for application for Qualification Allowance

Last reviewed: 04-09-2023