Australia is a country which has a high demand for nurses. However, migrating to Australia as a registered nurse is a complex process, though many have successfully accomplished it. Yet another fact you have to keep in mind is that you will have to compete with highly skilled Nursing professionals from around the world to move to Australia as a registered nurse.
In order to be eligible to migrate to Australia as a registered nurse, you have to earn a minimum of 65 points on the Australian Immigration Points Matrix. The points are awarded on the basis of a number of factors that include:
You have to be above 18 years of age to apply. Depending on your age, the points you earn in the Australian Immigration Points Matrix change.
In order to migrate to Australia as a nurse, you have to prove your language proficiency through a recognized English test. Language proficiency will add a crucial 5 points to your total scores.
For migrating to Australia as a registered nurse, you have to get your skills assessed for migration purposes. The assessment has to be done by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). There are three different agencies associated with the Nursing profession in Australia and they are different from one another. Here is a brief description about each:
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency or AHPRA is the national body for all medical professionals. Ten Health Boards are under AHPRA and Nursing is just one among them. The skill assessment process of foreign Nursing professionals begins with AHPRA.
The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia or NMBA is one of the 10 health boards under AHPRA and is specific to nursing and midwifery. NMBA mainly deals with nursing registrations, standards and complaints. Most importantly, they assess the overseas qualifications of nurses.
The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) is the independent accrediting authority for nursing and midwifery education under Australia’s National Registration and Accreditation Scheme. ANMAC’s Skilled Migration Services is responsible for assessing the skills of nurses and midwives who want to migrate to Australia under the General Skilled Migration program.
The first step in the skill assessment process for migrating to Australia is getting all the important documentary evidence for the five Assessment Standards required by ANMAC ready. The five Assessment Standards are:
1. Proof of Identity
You have to submit the certified copies of all the evidence of identity documents and they must be certified by either a local Solicitor or Notary. A seal or stamp of the certifier is necessary.
2. Proof of Language ability
IELTS is the most popular choice among the tests to prove your English language ability. Nurses must undertake the Academic version of the test and score minimum 7 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
3. Educational Equivalence
You have to submit the transcript of your course or training as a proof of educational equivalence. It is a document issued by your training or educational institution to outline the subjects that you have studied. It must include details such as the number of theory and clinical hours completed during your course. In case if your training institution is closed, you can apply to the nursing regulatory authority of your home country to post the syllabus information of your course to the skills assessment body.
4. Professional practice
You have to submit a reference letter from a person who directly manages or supervises you. This person must be a nurse or midwife. He/she must date the original letter that must include their name, position and contact details.
The reference letter must also contain information regarding your professional experience such as:
5. Fitness to practice
You have to submit a verification/certificate of registration letter, which confirms your registration, good standing, and fitness to practice. This is issued by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
After skill assessment, you can apply for your nursing registration directly to the NMBA/AHPRA and submit the Expression of Interest.
Nursing graduates from overseas must complete a bridging course in Australia to get initial registration from AHPRA. They have to complete the course from an approved organization to which you will have to submit a referral letter from AHPRA for admission. You can proceed with the skills assessment process only after completing the initial assessment process.
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