Work in Australia as a Medical Nurse

Medical Nurses of any age are eligible to live and work in Australia via the Skills in Demand Employer Sponsored Visa provided they secure a job offer and have the right skills and qualifications for the position.

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How to Work in Australia as a Medical Nurse from Overseas


The occupation Medical Nurse is on the 2024 Australia Core Skills Occupation List (CSOL). This means Medical Nurses are eligible for the Skills in Demand Visa.


This is an Employer Sponsored Work Visa, valid for four years and renewable once. The Skills in Demand Visa offers a pathway to Permanent Residence for Medical Nurses with visa processing times of between 7 and 21 days.

Skills in Demand Visa criteria for a Medical Nurse


  • Get registered with AHPRA an an Overseas Qualified Nurse
  • Hold any necessary State Licenses to work as a Medical Nurse
  • Pass Police and Background checks
  • Have no adverse medical conditions
  • Be competent in English
  • Receive an Offer of Full Time Employment as a Medical Nurse

Employer Sponsored Work Visas for Medical Nurses in Australia


In 2024, Australia introduced the Skills in Demand Visa, replacing the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Employer Sponsored Visa (Subclass 482). This new visa better aligns with the current economic needs of Australia by targeting specific skills that are in high demand such as Medical Nurses.


Key Features of the Skills in Demand Visa for Medical Nurse Jobs in Australia


The Skills in Demand Employer Sponsored Visa consists of three tiers aimed at different levels of Medical Nurse:


Specialist Skills Pathway: For specialized Medical Nurses earning a minimum salary of $135,000 the Skills in Demand work visa will be issued in less than 7 days.


Core Skills Pathway: This pathway is for professional Medical Nurses with an employment offer paying more than AUD$70,000.


The ANZSCO Code for a Medical Nurse in Australia is 254418 and the occupation is on the updated Core Skills Occupation List. Work visa applicants with a job offer will receive their visa in less than 21 days.


Essential Skills Pathway: Is for Medical Nurses earning less than AUD$70,000 per year and work visa applicants will get their visa in 21 days or less.


The impact for Medical Nurses wanting to work in Australia


With the Skills in Demand Visa the pathway to living and working in Australia as a Medical Nurse has become much more simple and straightforward.


Compared to the Skilled Migration & TSS pathways, the SID Visa is the cheapest, easiest and quickest way to work in Australia as a Medical Nurse.


The Skills in Demand Visa still requires employer sponsorship, yet all streams of the SID Visa provide clear pathways to permanent residency.


Pre-screening Requirements


Get Licensed by AHPRA as an Overseas Nurse


To register with AHPRA as an overseas nurse, follow these steps:


  • Self-Check and Stream Allocation: Determine eligibility and allocate to Stream A, B, or C.


  • Orientation: Complete an online training program.


  • Application: Submit the AGSE-40 form, identity documents, employment statements, proof of English proficiency, transcripts, CV, and background checks.


  • Certification: Ensure all documents are certified by a notary or solicitor.


  • Final Steps: Upon approval, travel to Australia and present documentation in person.


Only after AHPRA registration can you have meaningful conversations with employers because you are ‘Work Ready’.


Migration Consultant LLC can assist with your AHPRA Registration and on average each engagement takes just 12 weeks.

Unlock Dedicated Medical Nurse Recruitment Services in Australia


After Skills Assessment and AHPRA registration you are ‘Job Ready’. There is no age limit for a Skills in Demand Visa for a Medical Nurse to work in Australia. It is the best option available to live and work in Australia.


In 2024, Migration Consultant LLC acquired Medical Migration™, a dedicated recruitment firm specializing in the placement of Internationally qualified Medical Nurses for the Skills in Demand Employer Sponsored Visa.


Our recruitment service is free to you although you must be ‘Job Ready’ first with your Skills assessment and Medical Nurse Licensing in place.


If our recruitment team find you a job then there are no Visa fees to pay as we ensure these are covered and arranged by your new employer. We also ensure some form of relocation is included such as flights and shipping though this does depend on your experience and the Medical Nurse role you are applying for.


You are not obligated to use our low cost Skills Assessment service, but Medical Migration™ cannot represent you without this in place first.


Take advantage of our free eligibility check to see if you are eligible to work in Australia as a Medical Nurse and to check if you will pass the Skills Assessment process.

Benefits of the Skills in Demand Visa for Medical Nurses


  • No age limit
  • Valid for 4 years, renewable once
  • Work in Australia as Medical Nurses
  • Enter and leave Australia when you choose
  • Change employers without losing work experience points
  • Your family are included
  • 180 days to find a new Medical Nurse sponsor
  • Pathway to Permanent Residence
  • Visa Processing times of 21 days or less
  • Shortage of Medical Nurses in Australia
  • Better work life balance
  • Improved salary and respect

How Employers in Australia can hire Medical Nurses from overseas?


Employers in Australia looking to hire Medical Nurses from overseas with the “Skills in Demand Visa”will find this process now easier when compared with previous Employer Sponsored Visas.


The Skills in Demand visa builds on aspects of the Temporary Skill Shortage visa, simplifying certain requirements that were previously seen as overly complex.


Simplified Labor Market Testing


As of December 2023, the mandate for employers to advertise positions through Workforce Australia has been eliminated. Employers now need to run only two valid advertisements for their Medical Nurse positions, down from the previous three.


Additionally, the period for which an advertisement must remain valid has extended from four to six months. Employers should complete their advertising within this six-month window before submitting a visa nomination application.


Looking ahead, the government will shift from requiring employer-driven advertising to relying on independent verification of labor market needs by Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA).


Revamped Fee Structure


Currently, sponsors face various fees including sponsorship ($420), nomination ($330) fees, and the Skilling Australian Fund (SAF) levy (up to $7200).


The new Skills in Demand visa for Medical Nurses will introduce a trailing fee model, reducing the financial burden of upfront payments.


This change will also accommodate easier transitions for workers between employers, removing the hefty upfront cost burden from the initial sponsoring employer.


This adjustment represents a significant improvement for employers.


Enhanced Employer Compliance


The Migration Amendment (Strengthening Employer Compliance) Act, effective from 1 July 2024, introduces stricter penalties and establish new offenses for violations of sponsorship obligations.


The approval process for Medical Nurse sponsorship applications will see increased scrutiny. Employer workplace practices, compliance history, any negative findings from regulatory bodies, and past bankruptcies will undergo thorough examination to ensure rigorous vetting.


Additional steps will be taken to enhance post-arrival monitoring and ensure employers adhere to fair pay and conditions for workers. This involves coordination with the tax system and the integration of Tax File Numbers and Single Touch Payroll systems.


These changes aim to streamline the hiring process under the Skills in Demand visa, making it more straightforward for employers to hire overseas qualified Medical Nursesand meet their obligations, while protecting the rights of their new hires.


*Medical Migration™ and Migration Consultant LLC only work with already approved employer sponsors which simplifies the hiring process between interviews and job offer.

What are the Job Prospects for a Medical Nurse in Australia?

As an overseas medical nurse considering a move to Australia, you will find the job prospects highly favorable and full of opportunities. The healthcare sector in Australia is experiencing a significant surge in demand for skilled nurses.


The Australian healthcare system is facing a critical shortage of nursing professionals. Health Workforce Australia projects that there will be a shortage of over 100,000 nurses by 2025.


As a result, the demand for qualified nurses is particularly high, making it an opportune time for overseas nurses to consider working in Australia.


Regional and rural areas in Australia are particularly in need of healthcare workers. Much of the Australian government's healthcare funding is directed towards improving services in these communities. These roles often come with additional incentives, such as financial bonuses and relocation assistance, to attract skilled professionals.


The salary prospects for medical nurses in Australia are competitive. Depending on experience and specialization, registered nurses can expect to earn between AUD 88,000 and AUD 129,000 annually​. This range reflects the high value placed on nursing skills and the critical role nurses play in the healthcare system.


Australia also offers robust support for nurses transitioning from overseas. Many healthcare institutions and agencies provide sponsorship for working visas, easing the immigration process.


Australian government and healthcare providers emphasize continuous professional development. Nurses in Australia have access to various upskilling programs, professional courses, and support networks that help them advance their careers and adapt to the healthcare system​.


As an overseas nurse, you will find Australia a welcoming destination with abundant job opportunities, competitive salaries, and strong support systems for professional growth.

Average salaries for Medical Nurses working in Australia

New South Wales (NSW)


In New South Wales the demand for nurses is high. The average salary for a registered nurse in NSW ranges from AUD 85,000 to AUD 95,000 per year. The higher cost of living in Sydney and the increased demand for healthcare services contribute to these competitive wages​.




Victoria, with its major city Melbourne, offers nurses salaries averaging between AUD 80,000 and AUD 90,000 annually.




In Queensland, nurses can expect to earn between AUD 83,000 and AUD 93,000 per year. The state’s healthcare needs, particularly in cities like Brisbane, drive these salaries. The combination of a warm climate and a growing population makes Queensland an attractive place for nurses looking for professional and lifestyle benefits​.


Western Australia


Western Australia, especially in Perth and remote mining areas, offers some of the highest nursing salaries in the country, ranging from AUD 85,000 to AUD 100,000 annually. The higher wages in remote areas are designed to attract and retain healthcare professionals where they are most needed​.


South Australia


Nurses in South Australia, including those working in Adelaide, earn between AUD 75,000 and AUD 85,000 per year. While these salaries are slightly lower compared to the eastern states, they are still competitive and reflect the cost of living in the region​.




Tasmania has lower salaries, ranging from AUD 70,000 to AUD 80,000 annually.


Australian Capital Territory (ACT)


In the ACT, nurses earn between AUD 90,000 and AUD 100,000 per year, with Canberra offering high wages.


Northern Territory


The Northern Territory offers competitive salaries, with nurses earning between AUD 80,000 and AUD 90,000 annually. The remote and rural nature of many healthcare facilities in this region means that additional incentives and higher base pay are often provided to attract skilled nurses​.

Do I need to do an English Test to work as a Medical Nurse in Australia?

You do not need an English Test if English is your primary language and you have completed at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed solely in English in a recognized country (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States).

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