Nursing and Midwifery Workforce Overview

The ANMF collates key information about the nursing and midwifery workforce in Australia.

Information includes employment and demographic data and the number of nursing and midwifery students commencing and completing courses. 

Information is also provided on the total number of nurses and midwives registered or enrolled by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Under the National Law[1] all nurses and midwives must be registered in order to practice. 

The Nursing and Midwifery Workforce Overview includes: (updated 25 March to include NMBA registration data for Oct - Dec 2023 quarter)

1. Workforce data and demographics

  • The number of nurses and midwives in the nursing workforce nationally and by State and Territory over the last 5 years
  • The number of employed nurses and midwives 2016 to 2022
  • The number of employed nurses and midwives including full time equivalent (FTE) numbers, average age and average hours worked, both nationally and by State and Territory, 2022
  • Location of nurses and midwives across metropolitan, regional, rural, remote or very remote regions, 2022
  • The work settings of employed nurses and midwives, 2022
  • Demographic data, employed nurses and midwives, 2022

2. Registration (updated with 2022 workforce data)

  • Total number of nurses and midwives registered in Australia, nationally and by State and Territory
  • Total number of nurses and midwives registered in Australia, by registration type, nationally and by State and Territory

3. Students (Data available in the ANMF Graduate Data Set ‐ Nurses and Midwives - updated July 2023)

  • The number of students commencing and completing nursing/ midwifery courses, (2012 to 2021) nationally and by State and Territory
  • The number of students commencing and completing programs leading to registration as an enrolled nurse (2015 to 2021) nationally and by State and Territory

4. Wages data (see Nurses and Midwives' Paycheck)

  • Nursing and midwifery wages data in the public sector, aged care and private hospitals

[1] The National Scheme is governed by a nationally consistent law passed by each state and territory parliament – the health Practitioner Regulation National Law. https://www.ahpra.gov.au/about-ahpra/what-we-do/legislation.aspx

Information includes employment and demographic data and the number of nursing and midwifery students commencing and completing courses. 

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ANMF Graduate Data Set - Nurses and Midwives

This booklet was developed and continues to be updated with available data on nursing and midwifery course commencements, completions and employment outcomes for new graduates.

ANMF Graduate Data Set July 2023
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This booklet was developed and continues to be updated with available data on nursing and midwifery course commencements, completions and employment outcomes for new graduates.

ANMF Graduate Data Set July 2023

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