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No membership fee increase for second year in a row

No membership fee increase for second year in a row

ANMF (Vic Branch) membership fees will not increase for the 2021-22 financial year.

This will be the second consecutive year membership fees have remained unchanged.

Members will be aware that for the three financial years prior to 2019-20 ANMF (Vic Branch) Council capped the fee increase to two per cent.

Branch Council’s decision to maintain fees at the 2019-20 rates is designed to continue to provide support to members.

Over the past almost 18 months ANMF has provided hardship financial assistance to members impacted by bushfires and those who initially lost shifts due to the pandemic restrictions, particularly casual nurses and carers. ANMF also secured stability payments for private and public sector nurses who lost shifts predominantly due to last year’s significant elective surgery pause.

In May ANMF membership grew past 94,000 members. This consistent growth will ensure ANMF can continue to provide our core benefits and services including legal, professional, educational, industrial and workplace health and safety support, advice and representation and professional indemnity insurance.

Construction is expected to start soon on the eight-storey apartment block above the Central Club Hotel, which is opposite the ANMF headquarters and Education Centre. Members will be able to use the rooms and units to attend conferences and courses at ANMF as well as holiday in the heart of the Melbourne in the Queen Victoria Market precinct.

ANMF will also purchase member holiday accommodation properties in regional Victoria based on locations nominated in a recent member survey.

Members who participated in the March survey indicated high levels of interest in the new Melbourne accommodation with 90 per cent of respondents stating it would improve access to conferences, courses and Job Rep and Health and Safety Rep training.

Online platforms have provided new ways for regional and rural members to attend ANMF events, courses and meetings, but it is still important to have face-to-face options available in the future.

All financial members are encouraged to use their annual CPD Portal credit to access modules and case studies. This membership benefit is intended to support members meet their annual registration renewal obligations.

Members receive an annual $400 credit for full and part-time members, including Registered Undergraduate Students of Nursing (RUSONs) and Registered Undergraduate Students of Midwifery (RUSOMs), a $120 credit for primary carer leave members and an $80 credit for student and associate members. Credit is renewed each July.

Eligible members may also apply for a range of grants to assist with further education and study.

ANMF continues its annual fee grant assistance to support eligible members undertake study in much-needed clinical areas such as palliative care, midwifery, mental health nursing and alcohol and other drugs. Grants totalling $750,000 are available to registered and enrolled nurses and midwives each financial year. The 2021-22 grants will open in January 2022.