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.

Please read through the process and the list of approved courses and educational institutions before applying.  If a course is not included in the list, it will need to go to the Independent Review Panel (IRP) for review, as described below. Please note that as Honours is an extension of a Bachelor course, it is not entitled to the Qualification Allowance.

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. A checklist of what is required is included in the Qualifications Allowance process document and a flow diagram is also provided to assist below.  

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

  • 15 March 2018 (Applications must be submitted to the Qualification Allowance by COB 5th of March 2018).
  • 14 June 2018 (Applications must be submitted to the Qualification Allowance Secreteriat by COB 4th of June 2018).
  • 5 December 2018 (Applications must be submitted to the Qualification Allowance Secretariat by COB 19 November 2018).

Resources for application for Qualification Allowance