Migrate to Australia as a Mental Health Nurse

Visas & Skills Assessment



Aeronautical Engineer




Chemical Engineer

Child Care Centre Manager

Civil Engineer

Construction Project Manager

Early Childhood Teacher

Electrical Engineer

Engineering Manager

General Medical Practitioner

Graphic Designer

Human Resources Manager

Management Accountant

Mechanical Engineer

Medical Diagnostic Radiographer

Mental Health Nurse



Nurse Practitioner

Nursing Clinical Director


Quantity Surveyor

Social Worker

Special Needs Teacher

Specialist Physician (General Medicine)


Tax Accountant


Welfare Center Manager

Mental Health Nurse Skills Assessment

Registered Nurses (Mental Health) provides nursing care to patients with mental health illness, disorder, and dysfunction, and those experiencing emotional difficulties, distress and crisis in health, welfare and aged care facilities, correctional services and the community.




  • Psychopaedic Nurse (NZ)
  • Registered Nurse (Child and Adolescence Mental Health)
  • Registered Nurse (Drug and Alcohol)
  • Registered Nurse (Psychiatric Rehabilitation)
  • Registered Nurse (Psychogeriatric Care)


Skills Assessment Requirement


Unless you are exempt in very limited circumstances, you are required to have a positive Skills Assessment to apply for the visas listed above.


Skills Assessment authority for Registered Nurses (Mental Health) is Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). To have a positive skills assessment, you must meet the following criteria:


  • ANMAC uses five criteria to assess the skills of applicants. Applicants are required to meet all requirements to obtain a positive skills assessment
    • Proof of Identity
      • Applicants must provide evidence of passport, change of name documents and a passport sized photo

    • English Language Proficiency
      • IELTS Academic Test – minimum score of 7 in each component
      • OET – minimum score of B in each component
      • PTE Academic – minimum overall score of 65
      • TOEFL iBT – minimum total score of 94 and minimum scores of 24 in listening and reading, 27 in writing and 23 in speaking

    • Educational Equivalence
      • Applicants are assessed against the current Australian nursing and midwifery educational standards
      • Applicants must provide graduation certificates and basic transcripts from all nursing or midwifery courses that are completed
      • Full Applicants must also provide a transcript that details the number of hours completed in both theoretical and practical components of the relevant nursing or midwifery course

    • Professional Practice
      • The applicant must have practised as a nurse or midwife in the past 5 years
      • Applicants must provide professional references that meet the following criteria:
        • Official letterhead
        • Written by a direct supervisor who is a nurse or midwife
        • Dated
        • Contain an original signature
        • Includes hospital email address and contact phone number for organisation *note mobile numbers are not accepted
        • ANMAC provide a Professional Reference Template for applicants to use


Provide nursing care to patients in hospitals, aged care and other health care facilities, and in the community.

  • Assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care for patients according to accepted nursing practice and standards
  • Working in consultation with other Health Professionals and members of health teams, and coordinating the care of patients
  • Providing interventions, treatments and therapies such as medications, and monitoring responses to treatment and care plan
  • Promoting health and assisting in preventing ill health by participating in health education and other health promotion activities
  • Answering questions and providing information to patients and families about treatment and care
  • Supervising and coordinating the work of Enrolled Nurses and other health care workers

Skill Level
Occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Registration or licensing is required.

Occupations in this Group
  • 254411 Nurse Practitioner
  • 254412 Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
  • 254413 Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)
  • 254414 Registered Nurse (Community Health)
  • 254415 Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)
  • 254416 Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)
  • 254417 Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)
  • 254418 Registered Nurse (Medical)
  • 254421 Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)
  • 254422 Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
  • 254423 Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
  • 254424 Registered Nurse (Surgical)
  • 254425 Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)
  • 254499 Registered Nurses nec