Migrate to Australia as a Nurse

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Migrate to Australia as a Nurse

 

Nursing is on the Australia Medium Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). There is high demand for International Qualified Nurses in Australia.

 

Australia has a critical shortage of qualified Nurses. If you are a degree qualified Nurse aged under 45 then you are eligible to emigrate to Australia provided you can score 65 points and have a positive Skills Assessment.

How to Emigrate to Australia as a Nurse

  • Be aged under 45
  • Score 65 Australian Immigration Points
  • Have a Positive Skills Assessment from ANMAC
  • Lodge an Expression of Interest
  • Receive an Invitation to Apply
  • Pay the Visa Fees
  • Pass Health and Character Checks
  • Register with AHPRA

Nurse ANZSCO Code

 

Nursing is on the Australia Medium Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). There is high demand for International Qualified Nurses in Australia.

 

Below is the ANZSCO Codes for different Nurse Specializations in Australia:

 

  • Nurse Practitioner (ANZSCO code 254411)
  • Midwife (254111)
  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care) (254412)
  • Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health) (254413)
  • Registered Nurse (Community Health) (254414)
  • Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) (254415)
  • Registered Nurse (Development Disability) (254416)
  • Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation) (254417)
  • Registered Nurse (Medical) (254418)
  • Registered Nurse (Medical Pratice) (254421)
  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health) (254422)
  • Registered Nurse (Perioperative) (254423)
  • Registered Nurse (Surgical) (254424)
  • Registered Nurse not elsewhere classified (254499)
  • Enrolled Nurse (411411)
  • Nursing Clinical Director (134212)

 

Nurses immigrating to Australia are eligible for the 189 and 190 Permanent Residence Visa.

 

Criteria for Nurses to Migrate to Australia

 

You must meet the following criteria:

 

Score 65 Points

 

Nurses moving to Australia need to score at least 65 Immigration points.

 

Points are awarded for age, experience, qualifications, education, English language skills and time spent in Australia.

 

Take this Free Visa Points Calculator for your score.

 

Nursing Skills Assessment

 

Qualified Nurses must complete a nursing skills assessment prior to making an application for Australian Migration.

 

The Nursing Skills Assessment is completed with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) before lodging a visa application.

 

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC)

 

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) conducts Skill Assessments on Internationally qualified Nurses and Midwives moving to Australia.

 

ANMAC is tasked by the Australian Government to check that you are who you say you are, that you have the rights skills, qualifications and experience at an equivalent level to nurses and midwives who have studied and trained in Australia.

 

ANMAC vs AHPRA

 

  • ANMAC is the skills assessment authority and a nursing applicant must always have an ANMAC skills assessement
  • AHPRA is the overall nursing registration body for Australia
  • ANMAC do not register nurses, they check the qualifications of nurses moving to Australia
  • All nurses and healthcare professionals require AHPRA registration

 

The following Nursing professionals require an ANMAC Skill Assessment to Migrate to Australia

 

midwife254111 
nurse practitioner254411 
registered nurse (aged care)254412 
registered nurse (child and family health)254413 
registered nurse (community health)254414 
registered nurse (critical care and emergency)254415 
registered nurse (developmental disability)254416 
registered nurse (disability and rehabilitation)254417 
registered nurse (medical)254418 
registered nurse (medical practice)254421 
registered nurse (mental health)254422 
registered nurse (perioperative)254423 
registered nurse (surgical)254424 
registered nurse (paediatrics)254425 
registered nurses (nec)254499 
 

 

What ANMAC Skill Assessment do I need?

 

There are three types of Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council Skill Assessment

 

  • Full Skill Assessment; For internationally qualified nurses and midwives moving to Australia

 

  • Modified Skill Assessment; For nurses and midwives who are already registered in Australia or New Zealand

 

  • Modified Plus Skill Assessment; For internationally qualified nurses and Midwives already resistered with AHPRA
 

ANMAC Skill Assessment requirements

 

To secure a successful ANMAC skill assessment an applicant is required to provide

 

  • Passport
  • Evidence of name change (if applicable)
  • Letter of Good Standing for migration purposes
  • Detailed and migration specific references from every employer
  • English Test Results
  • Degree Certificate
  • Degree Transcripts
  • Confirmation of the Theory and Practice hour components of your course

 

Educational equivalence

 

Applicants must provide a graduation certificate and transcript from their University. The transcript must show the number of theory and practice hours completed during the course.

 

This is one of the most important elements of the application and an ANMAC skill assessment cannot pass without these details being supplied.

 

Professional practice

 

ANMAC requires an electronic Letter of Good Standing  and Confirmation of registration to be sent by the Nursing Registration body in your home country directly to ANMAC.

 

Professional references

 

References must be:

 

  • On an Hospital letterhead
  • Be written by a direct supervisor who is a nurse or a midwife
  • Include exact dates
  • Contain an original signature
  • Include contact information for each referee

 

English proficiency

 

ANMAC requires all its applicants to meet an English language proficiency requirement, regardless of your country of origin, even if that country of origin is an English speaking country such as the United Kingdom or the United States.

 

English tests accepted by ANMAC and minimum scores

 

IELTS Academic

 

  • Minimum overall score of 7 across all components and a minimum score in each component of 7.
  • Combining scores from 2 tests taken within a 6 month period:
    • A minimum overall score of 7 in both test
    • No score in any component in either test is below 6.5

 OET for Nurses

  • Minimum score of B in each component
  • Combining scores from 2 tests taken within a 6 month period:
    • All the 4 components must have been tested in both tests
    • No score in any component in either test is below C

 

PTE Academic

 

  • Minimum overall score of 65 across all components and a minimum score in each component of 65.
  • Combining scores from 2 tests taken within a 6 month period:
    • Minimum overall score in both tests of 65
    • No score in any component in either test is below 58.

 

Take this Free Visa Points Calculator for your score.

 

Health and Character

 

You’ll need to pass health and character checks.

Migration skills assessment fees for Nurses

 

Skills assessmentAs of 1 January 2024
Modified skills assessment$395.00
Modified PLUS skills assessment$395.00
Full skills assessment$595.00
Direct Care skills assessment$545.00

What Australia Visa Can I Get as a Foreign Nurse?

Overseas qualified Nurses from the following countries are Wanted in Australia

 

  • UK
  • USA
  • Canada
  • Hong Kong
  • Ireland

 

Qualified Nurses under the age of 45 with a suitable Skills Assessment apply for the following Australia Visas:

 

  • 189 Permanent Residency
  • Live & Work
  • 190 Skilled Migration
  • Working Holiday Visa
  • Skills in Demand Visa

 

Press here for a full Eligibility Check

What Countries does Australia want Nurses from?

Overseas qualified Nurses from the following countries are Wanted in Australia

 

  • UK
  • USA
  • Canada
  • Hong Kong
  • Ireland

 

Qualified Nurses under the age of 45 with a suitable Skills Assessment apply for the following Australia Visas:

 

  • 189 Permanent Residency
  • Live & Work
  • 190 Skilled Migration
  • Working Holiday Visa
  • Skills in Demand Visa

 

Press here for a full Eligibility Check

Which ANMAC Skills assessment do I need?

MODIFIED SKILLS ASSESSMENT APPLICANTS

 

Qualified Nurses applying for a Modified Skills Assessment you do not need to provide English language test results. To qualify for a Modified Skills Assessment a nurse will already be already registered with:

 

 

MODIFIED PLUS SKILLS ASSESSMENT

 

Nurses applying for a Modified PLUS Skills Assessment do not need to provide English language test results. To qualify for the Modified PLUS assessment you must already have a ‘Notice of in principle approval of registration subject to proof of identity’ letter from:

 

 

FULL SKILLS ASSESSMENT APPLICATIONS

 

All internationally qualified nurses and midwives without Australian or New Zealand registration (regardless of country of birth) must provide English language test results.

 

Australia’s official language is English and it is important that healthcare professionals working here are proficient in reading, speaking, writing and listening.

Can a Nurse with a Diploma not Degree Move to Australia?

Nurse and Midwife applicants that do not hold an undergraduate degree will not pass ANMAC or AHPRA witha  direct application.

 

The solution for Diploma nurses moving to Australia is to first register with the New Zealand Nursing Council via this application form.

 

The New Zealand Nursing Council will accept a Diploma Qualified Nurse for Registration. The applicant then takes their New Zealand registration and applies for AHPRA via the Trans Tasmanian Mutual Recognition Agreement.

 

AHPRA are duty bound to accept the registration and issue a Letter of Determination. This letter of Determination is then used to secure an ANMAC skill assessment for migration via the Modified Plus route.

What is the Processing Time for an ANMAC Skills Assessment?

  • 12 weeks for Nurses
  • 15 weeks for Midwives
 

What is AHPRA?

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) works with the National Boards to regulate Australia's health practitioners.

 

AHPRA supports the 15 National Health Practitioner Boards that are responsible for regulating the medical professions.

 

AHPRA's responsibilities include:

 

  • Registration of Health Practitioners:
  • Renewal of Registrations
  • Accreditation
  • Complaints and Conduct Issues

AHPRA or ANMAC?

ANMAC and AHPRA have different roles in Australia's healthcare system

 

ANMAC (Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council) focuses on the assessment of nurses and midwives for skilled migration to Australia. Nurses or midwives planning to live and work in Australia need a skills assessment from ANMAC first.

 

AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) regulates health practitioners in Australia. Once you're in Australia AHPRA ensures that you maintain the professional standards required.

 

ANMAC is your gateway for migrating to Australia as a nurse or midwife and AHPRA as the body that oversees your practice once you're in Australia.

How Can a Nurse Emigrating to Australia Avoid Taking the IELTS English Test?

The easiest way to move to Australia as a Nurse is to take your IELTS test as part of the ANMAC Full Skills Assessment.

 

To avoid taking the IELTs test as part of your ANMAC Skills Assessment a foreign qualified Nurse will have to first get a 'Notice of In Princial Registration' from AHPRA.

 

This is because AHPRA regulates Nurses and all ANMAC is responsible for is checking Skills, Experience and Qualifications.

 

However, the AHPRA process is long with lots of pitfalls, waiting time and delays.

 

For the sake of speed and ease, it is often easier to take your IELTS or other suitable English Test.

Nursing jobs in Australia

Australia welcomes nursing professionals with a wide range of experience and qualifications.

 

The country's vast geography, diverse climate, great work life balance and and spread-out population create a massive array of job opportunities for suitable qualified foreign Nurses.

 

Nurses are particularly welcomed from UK, USA, Ireland, Canada and Hong Kong. The similarities in healthcare structures between these countries and Australia makes the transition easier.

 

As of January 2024, 339,677 nurses work in Australia with two-thirds in the public sector.

 

Shift lengths are similar to those in the UK, ranging from 8 to 12 hours and annual leave ranges from 4 to 5 weeks.

 

Nurse-to-patient ratios in Australia are between 4:1 to 7:1.

 

Australian employers have varying requirements for nursing positions, including specific experience, qualifications, and skills.

 

As of January 2024, the average nurse salary in Australia is $89,833 per year. Entry-level positions start at $72,364 per year, while most experienced workers earn up to $131,955 per year.

How to Register as a Nurse in Australia

Australian Nursing Registration

 

To work in Australia as a Nurse you must be registered with the Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

 

There is only one National Register which means once you have registered you can practice in any State in Australia.

 

The registration process is a separate process which you can complete prior to applying for a visa or once your visa has been approved. This will depend on your personal circumstances and the type of visa you are applying for.

 

Holders of Bachelor of Nursing will not be expected to sit exams any further exams. 

 

To read more on registration requirements and how to apply, visit AHPRA: https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/

Do you need a Visa for Nursing Jobs in Australia?

To work in Australia as a Nurse you are required to have:

 

1. Valid visa with work right

 

2. Valid registration with the Australian Nursing Board (AHPRA).

 

There are lots of Australian Visas for Nursing Jobs in Australia.

 

Most foreign nurses with non-Australian Qualifications must have a degree in nursing.

 

Press to take a Free Visa Assessment to get all the options

Highest Paying Cities in Australia for Registered Nurses

  1. Ryde NSW
    $57.36 per hour
  2. Cairns QLD
    $52.32 per hour
  3. Murdoch WA
    $47.92 per hour
  4. Canberra ACT
    $47.58 per hour
  5. Kingswood NSW
    $46.71 per hour
  6. Perth WA
    $44.98 per hour
  7. Brisbane QLD
    $44.76 per hour
  8. Sydney NSW
    $43.40 per hour
  9. Townsville QLD
    $43.14 per hour

Can I work as a Nurse on a Working Holiday Visa

It is possible, yet uncommon to be able to work as a Nurse while on an Australian Working Holiday Visa.

 

To be employed as a Nurse on a Working Holiday Visa you must be registered with AHPRA. Even then, you can only work for 6 months per employer on a Working Holiday Visa so it is unlikely you will find full time employment as a nurse while on a Working Holiday Visa.

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