West Australian nurses paid one-off bonus

More than 18,500 West Australian nurses and midwives have been paid a one-off $3000 bonus despite the state government yet to finalise a new pay agreement.

The government says back-dated wage increases of between three and 4.5 per cent are also to come as part of its commitment to improve pay and conditions.

"Nurses and midwives are vital to our public health system and we thank them for their continued efforts for the patients of Western Australia," Premier Mark McGowan said.

The government decided to grant the increases in December even though talks on a new enterprise agreement were still ongoing.

It said it would continue to negotiate a new deal with the assistance of the WA Industrial Relations Commission.

The Australian Nursing Federation said recently it was still seeking a five per cent wage rise and improved working conditions.