Nurse/Midwife Advocate (Member Rights Centre) – NSWNMA

Date Advertised 19/09/2023


Nurse/Midwife Advocate

Member Rights Centre

Permanent full-time

$118,304.00 per annum + Superannuation + 12 RDOs  

+ 5 weeks annual leave + Christmas shutdown 


The New South Wales Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) in association with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation New South Wales Branch (ANMF NSW Branch) seeks a Nurse/Midwife Advocate to join our Member Rights Centre (MRC) on a permanent full-time basis.

In this role you will:

  • Provide advocacy services to individual members and speciality or discrete groups of members. To represent individual members and speciality groups in in, for example, fact findings; performance review processes; and grievance procedures
  • Primary responsibility for the carriage of restructures, although especially those that have been identified as having no capacity to grow or develop union power or develop member leaders
  • Ensure restructures are approached ensuring the clinical and professional requirements for nurses and midwives are recognised and catered for, as well as seeking to retain/enhance nursing and midwifery leadership models and preserving appropriate professional reporting lines
  • Be responsible for all liaison with Branches and members in relation to restructures to ensure that the voices of members are heard and utilise appropriate consultative forums and structures Undertake primary involvement and responsibility for grading committees constituted under the Public Health System Nurses’ and Midwives’ (State) Award
  • Support and/or mentor MRC team members by providing expert advice concerning the clinical and professional obligations of nurses and midwives within the workplace, especially when such practice may be subject to investigation
  • Ensure members are educated in relation to Award entitlements and Professional standards
  • Undertake inspections and reviews as required e.g. time and wages inspections, WHS inspections
  • Develop effective communication strategies to facilitate effective member advocate networks to assist individual members and branch officials
  • Participate in the identification, planning and implementation of campaigns requiring industrial support
  • Actively participate in identifying local activists and referring them to the Public Health and Private Hospital and Aged Care organisers for follow up and development
  • Maintain current file notes in relation to individual, workplace and area issues being managed
  • Work within the industrial and legislative framework underpinning employment conditions and professional standards
  • Develop and maintain contacts and networks with employers to achieve positive outcomes for members
  • Support and assist in the development and maintenance of participative consultative structures and procedures
  • Provide a quality service at all times to individual member and workplaces
  • Prepare reports, briefing notes and correspondence in relation to member and workplace issues
  • Prepare and provide in a timely manner Council and CoD reports as required
  • Represent the NSWNMA/ANMF NSW Branch on internal working groups and external committees as requested
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with other teams within the NSWNMA/ANMF NSW Branch
  • Monitor and maintain compliance of award entitlements for members within the geographical and or specialty areas. Work in accordance with NSWNMA/ANMF NSW Branch Policy and Procedures.

To be considered for this position you require:


  • Recognised Nursing and/or midwifery qualification
  • Experience in the field of nursing and/or midwifery
  • Demonstrated commitment to the nursing and midwifery professions
  • Demonstrated commitment to the union movement
  • Experience at a clinical or management of nursing and/or midwifery practice
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a range of complex issues simultaneously
  • Ability to approach issues within workplaces that is cognisant of the particular award, agreement or legislative framework in place and the mechanisms to be utilised to ensure proper representation and/or consultation occurs
  • Demonstrated ability to apply award/agreement terms and conditions (including classification structures and definitions) to benefit the professions of nursing and midwifery
  • Demonstrated level of highly developed written and verbal skills (English language)
  • Two years financial membership of the NSWNMA (current)
  • PC and administrative skills
  • Full NSW Drivers Licence Class 1A
  • Compliance with COVID-19 vaccination requirements


  • Experience of working in the clinical setting
  • Demonstrated ability to think analytically
  • Ability to work in a complex team environment.

How to apply for this position:

Click here to apply for this position online. Your application must briefly address each point of the selection criteria found in the Nurse/Midwife Advocate position description.

Applications close Friday, 29 September 2023.

Keeping our employees, members and the community safe is our highest priority. It is a condition of employment with the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association, that all employees have up-to-date vaccinations against COVID-19 and are required to comply with future government changes to the definition of up-to-date vaccination requirements.

NSWNMA/ANMF NSW Branch is an Equal Opportunity Employer and fosters a diverse workplace.