For all people covered by the Nursing Pay Equity Claim

Employees covered by the nursing pay equity claim voted overwhelmingly in favour of the proposed nursing pay equity settlement on 31 July 2023.

Details of the Settlement

The settlement includes:

Lump Sum in Recognition of Work from 1 January 2020 to 6 March 2022

In addition to the lump sum payments totaling $10,000 (gross, pro-rated) already received, a further lump sum payment of $15,000 (gross, pro-rated) will be paid as part of the settlement agreement.


Amended Pay rates

Senior nurse and Nurse Practitioner pay rates will increase by 6.5 percent.

Pay rates for all other roles covered by the pay equity claim will increase by 4.5 percent.

The table below shows the new pay rates for the top step in the different nursing pay scales.


Top step from 7 March 2022

Senior nurses and Nurse Practitioners


Registered and community nurses


Enrolled, obstetric, Karitane nurses and nurse assistants


Mental health assistants


Health care assistants and hospital aides


The current Grade 1, Step 1 of the Senior Nurse Grade will be removed and any senior nurse on Grade 1, Step 1 will translate onto Grade 1, Step 2 ($105,704) of the amended rates.

The amended pay rates will be back paid to 7 March 2022.

The agreed settlement is a formal Pay Equity Claim Settlement under the Equal Pay Act.

It is a full and final settlement of litigation in the Employment Court and Employment Relations Authority.


The full Terms of Settlement can be viewed here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Click here to review a range of questions and answers on the nursing pay equity settlement.

Former Employees Application Form can be found here.

More information

If you would like more information, please contact the unions:

  • NZNO 0800 28 38 48
  • PSA 0508 36 77 72