The Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) is made up of over 220,000 nurses who are members of the union in one of the eight Branches established in each State and Territory. In addition to the Branches there is also a Federal Office.
The Federal Office coordinates the activities of the Branches in response to national issues of importance to nurses. The Branches respond to issues at a State and Territory level and actively represent the industrial and professional interests of members at the local level. All of this is done within the framework of the Rules of the ANF.
The Rules outline the role and help run the affairs of the governing bodies of the union and also give the members a say in the direction and activities of the ANF.
The Rules are reviewed and amended regularly by the governing bodies of the ANF to ensure that they conform to the various laws and regulations and reflect the contemporary views of nurses. The Rules were last certified on 3rd July 2012.