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Nursing in Australia- 3 Step Procedure

Step 1:

In order to work as a nurse and be considered for migration to Australia based on your profession, you must first fulfil the registration criteria of the Nursing Council of Australia.

There are five criteria used to evaluate your registration application:

1st criterion - Identification proof

You will be required to present a variety of 'proof of identification documents,' such as:

Criterion 2 – English language proficiency

English language proficiency is the second criterion.

You must get the required score on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Occupational English Test (OET) for Nurses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic, or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT.


You must get at least seven points in each of the four components - hearing, reading, writing, and speaking.

OET -A minimum of a B in each of the four components – hearing, reading, writing, and speaking – is required.

PTE- A minimum overall score of 65 is required, as well as a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communication abilities – listening, reading, writing, and speaking.

TOEFL iBT A minimum score of 94 is required, as well as the following minimum scores in each area of the test: 24 listening, 24 reading, 27 writing, and 23 speaking.

Criteria 3 – Adhere to educational norms.

If you have a bachelor degree (at level 7) or a diploma (at level 5)* as well as extra study and are registered as a first level nurse in one of these countries, you are likely to meet the equivalent qualification as a nurse qualified in Australia:

The NMBA discovered that nursing credentials from the following countries may fulfil Australia's quality assurance and accreditation requirements:

*If you just have a diploma from one of the countries mentioned above, you will need to have your further education or experience evaluated to see if you are considered equal to an Australian-qualified nurse.

Nurses from countries other than those listed above will need to be evaluated individually to see whether their credentials and experience will be accepted by the Board.

All applicants are required to provide a graduation certificate as well as basic transcripts

Criteria 4 – Professional experience as a Nurse or Midwife

Prior to submitting your application, you must offer proof of five years of experience as a nurse or midwife.

You will be needed to provide professional references that match the following requirements:

Criterion 5 – Prove that you are fit to practice in Australia

You must have shown:

If you do not match the requirements because your credentials or experience are not recognized, you should consider applying for a 'Training visa – subclass 407' to allow you to participate in a bridging program to develop your abilities.

Step 2 – Submit your registration application to AHPRA.

If you fulfil the criteria in step 1, you must apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Step 3 – Obtain a VISA

Once registered with AHPRA as a nurse, you will require a VISA to live and work in Australia. There are several types of VISAs available.

If you are able to acquire employer sponsorship, one of the following VISA kinds will be appropriate:

If you are not sponsored by an employer, you can apply for a VISA under the Department of Immigration and Citizenship's General Skilled Migration (GSM) rules.

Duration of the course

A Diploma in Nursing typically takes 1.5 to 2 years to complete. General nursing, medical administration, and infection control are all areas where one can specialise.

Structure of the Course

The course consists of 25 units (20 core units and 5 elective units). It is taught using a mix of theory, laboratory, simulated practise, and professional experience placements.

Duration of the course

A Bachelor of Nursing degree normally takes three years full-time or the equivalent in part-time study. Anatomy and physiology, community care nursing, mental health nursing, acute care nursing, and medical surgical nursing are major fields of study, with an emphasis on research-based practise.

Structure of the Course

The course includes both theoretical and practical information, as well as practise laboratories, clinical simulation, and practice.

It also equh5ips students to be competent in a variety of and complicated health-care settings via groundbreaking research and academic performance.

Duration of the course Structure of the Course

The first year focuses on the social context of nursing in general as well as the Australian health system, while the second year focuses on comprehensive nursing practice across various care settings or institutions.

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