Looks like a growing push-back against the near 40% rise in registration fees for Australian nurses.
Recently the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) announced a rise in registration fees by $45.00 (from $115.00 to $160.00). This in order to enable it to provide “a robust regulatory framework that protects the public”.
The NMBA website states that they have 332,185 nurses registered with them.
So doing some very rough maths, that extra $45 from each of us will give them an extra $14,948,325.00 this year.
And a total registration fee revenue of: fifty three million, one hundred and forty-nine thousand, six hundred dollars.
The ACT branch of the Australian Nurses Federation has sent out an email to its members urging them to voice their displeasure at this hike in fees.
The ACT ANF has advised both the NMBA and the ACT Minister for Health that we are opposed to this increase in registration fees.
Whilst we continue to support self-regulation (which means being self-funded) and we continue to oppose any cross subsidisation between professions, we do not believe this increase is justifiable. We believe that any increase should not exceed the growth in Consumer Price Index (CPI) or wages growth.
One of the alleged benefits of moving to National Registration was the increased efficiencies and economies of scale that could be achieved by a national model. We have seen no evidence of such economies or efficiencies being implemented by the NMBA or their secretariat, the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
We encourage all members to send your message of opposition to the NMBA and the Minister for Health.
I am not sure if the ANF is advocating that we withhold paying our registration fees…..and I would advise at this stage if you are about to renew your registration, you proceed.
But remember, they are not due until May 31st.
Plenty of time to voice your thoughts.
The NMBA can be contacted via:
- Online: www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.
au– click onto ‘Contact Us’ to lodge an online enquiry form
- Telephone: 1300 419 495 (within Australia) +61 3 8708 9001 (overseas callers)
- Mail: Ms Anne Copeland, Chair, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, GPO Box 9958, Melbourne Vic 3001