AHPRA Registration for Overseas Nurses

AHPRA Registration for Overseas Nurses

AHRPA Registration Criteria

  • Be a Degree qualified Nurse
  • Hold current registration in your home Country
  • Pass or be exempt from an English Test
  • Supply all University Certificates & Transcripts
  • Complete the orientation part of the AHPRA process
  • Complete form AGSE-40
  • Supply references
  • Pass a background check

AHPRA Registration for Overseas Nurses

AHPRA stands for the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. AHPRA control the Australian nursing registration for international nurses and determine overseas nurses suitability for registration.

In order to start nursing in Australia you need to ensure you are registered in your home Country. For example, in the UK your NMC registration will need to be current.

Step One – Stream Allocation

 

AHPRA registration for overseas nurses begins with a self checking process, this allows you to check if you are eligible to apply for AHPRA.

In this process you will be asked for the following information:

  • Personal details
  • Your degree name
  • Where you studied your degree.

 

You will then be placed into a stream, either A, B or C. Once you have been allocated a stream, the AHPRA system will prompt you to create a log in. Most Internationally Qualified Nurses from Western Countries are allocated stream A.

Depending on what stream you go into will depend on your next step to get to the registration form. If you cannot find your degree on the online system then you may input it manually, which will automatically place you in stream B.

After allocation you will be asked to do orientation part one, and pay the AUD $640.

 

Step Two – Orientation

 

The orientation part of the AHPRA process is designed to give overseas nurses confidence of working in Australia.

Orientation is an online training program, which acts as an induction to the Australian healthcare system. You have 90 days to complete the training which equates to around 1 hours worth of videos. After you have completed this you will be able to access the AHPRA registration form for overseas nurses.

Step Three – Complete AGSE-40

 

AGSE-40 is the ‘Application for General Registration for Internationally Qualified Nurses and Midwives.’

You must complete this form and send it to AHPRA with the evidence requested only after you have completed the orientation training. This application stage of the AHPRA process costs AUD $475.

The documents you will need to complete are:

  • AGSE-40 form
  • Identity documents
  • Statement from Employer
  • Proof of English Language
  • University Transcripts
  • Resume / CV
  • Degree Certificate
  • Fit2Work background check
  • Certificate of Good Standing

 

Identity Requirements

 

  • Current Passport
  • Current Driving License, ID Card or Birth Certificate
  • Evidence of any name changes such as Marriage Certificate or Deed Poll
  • All evidence of identity documents must be certified as a true copy of the original
  • All documents not originally written in English must be translated

 

Statement of Employment

 

You must include a Statement of Employment from every role you’ve held as a Nurse or Midwife for the past five years. Your Statement of Employment must include the following details:

  • Be on Hospital or Trust headed paper
  • Include your full name
  • Detail your position, start date, end date (or ongoing)
  • Be at least two paragraphs outlining your role and setting i.e. not simply ‘Ward A’.
  • Whether the role was full time or part time, and the number of hours worked
  • Include details of any relevant CPD / CPE undertaken
  • Be signed in ink
  • Include the name, contact details and professional registration number of the person writing the statement

 

Proof of English Language

 

  • A letter from your school stating that you were taught in English
  • You are required to have five consecutive years of education taught in English
  • Your university degree counts as 3 years
  • You will need a letter from your high school, college or sixth form to state that you were taught in English for the years you attended

 

Certificates and Transcripts

 

University Certificates and Transcripts from your nursing degree are required for AHPRA registration as an overseas nurse.

Your Nursing transcripts must include:

  • The number of clinical hours you completed, and if you completed a medication management component
  • These should be sent directly from the university to AHPRA and they will be kept until the remainder of your application arrives
  • If you wish to send them together with your application then the documents need to be certified by a Notary or Solicitor.

 

Resume / CV

 

These are the requirements that AHPRA state must be included in your Resume / CV:

 

  • Include all skills and write whether you are competent in the skill or whether you observed the skill
  • Include any gaps in employment
  • Here is the template for the Standard Format for Curriculum Vitae
  • Sign and date the document and declare that it is true

 

Background Checks

 

Once you have completed your FIT2WORK international criminal history check you will be given a reference number so that outside authorities can look at the report. You can apply for your Fit2Work online.

Certification of Documents

Do not send original documents to AHPRA as they will not be returned. This rule even applies to Passports. Do not sent your original Passport to AHPRA.

AHPRA registration for overseas Internationally Qualified Nurses therefore requires some of your documents to be Certified by a Pubic Notary or Solicitor.

The following documents need to be certified:

  • Passport
  • Drivers license
  • Bank statement
  • Bank card
  • University Transcripts
  • Resume / CV
  • Proof of English letter from school
  • Degree certificate

Every page of the documentation must be:

  • Signed
  • Initialed
  • Include date of certification
  • Contact phone number of Certifier
  • Profession/position number
  • Stamped or sealed (if available)
  • Each page should read; “I have sighted the original document and certify this to be a true copy of the original”

Your Notary or Lawyer will be well aware of the requirements for Certification. You do not need to use an expensive provider so shop around to find the best prices.

 

Requests for more information

 

AHPRA have internal guidelines of a 90 day turnaround to process nursing registrations from overseas applicants. In 84% of cases, AHPRA request further information. Every time further information is requested this internal timeframe is reset. It is therefore commonplace to receive a request for more information. Be aware of the timeframes they have given you to provide the information.

A word of caution; you will be frustrated by the AHPRA registration process for Overseas Qualified Nurses. Please do not take out any of your frustrations on your AHPRA case officer as it will not hep your case! Remember, this is Australian bureaucracy at its finest. Not all of Australia is like this… don’t let it put you off.

 

Finally Getting AHPRA Registered as an Overseas Nurse

 

Once your AHPRA registration is approved you have three months to travel to Australia and present in person at your chosen AHPRA office. This rule is applied strictly, and you must have an evidenced reason to apply for an extension.

 

When you arrive in Australia you will be required to present yourself in person with the following documents so they can do their final checks:

 

  • Passport
  • Australian Visa (tourist visa is ok)
  • Evidence of arrival in Australia – boarding pass or itinerary
  • Evidence of current Australian address (any address is fine, even a hotel)

 

A few days later you will receive your AHPRA registration certificate to confirm your registration.

Sending your completed document bundle to AHPRA

Send your application by tracked delivery or courier. We have personally seen too many instances of document bundles being misplaced by AHPRA and then them stating they were "never received".

Do I need to renew my AHPRA Registration as an overseas Nurse?

Applications made between April 1st and May 31st will give you registration until 31st of May the following year.  After this date, you are required to complete your AHPRA registration renewal. late renewals incur a late fee.

How much does AHPRA Registration cost for an Overseas Nurse?

The total cost including the Orientation, AHPRA application, Fit2Work, Certificate of Good Standing, Certification and courier delivery works out at approximately AUD $1500.

Can I apply for jobs after my AHPRA Registration is granted?

After your AHPRA registration as an Overseas Nurse is granted you can apply for Nursing jobs in Australia. Some of these may even include employer Sponsorship but do not have unrealistic expectations on them helping with relocation packages, container shipping or expenses.

Can I apply for Permanent Residency after my AHPRA Registration?

To apply for a Permanent Residency Visa as a Nurse you still have to go through the Skilled Migration process. This  includes:

  • being aged under 45
  • scoring a minimum 65 points
  • having your Skills Assessed by ANMAC
  • making an Express Entry application
  • receiving an Invitation to Apply
  • submitting a formal application

There are benefits to having your AHPRA registration prior to the Skilled Migration process:

  • ANMAC Skills Assessment is a formality
  • You are not required to take an English test as part of Skills Assessment
  • You can apply for jobs while the Skilled Migration process is ongoing, which may help with State Nomination

Can I work as a Nurse on a Working Holiday Visa?

Providing you are AHPRA registered, you can work as a Nurse during your Working Holiday Visa in Australia. Most Nurses on a Working Holiday Visa will do Agency or 'Nurse Bank' work, which is better paid, yet unreliable income.

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