Do you want to move to Australia to work as a nurse? A detailed report approved for publication by the Commonwealth as well as all State and Territory Health Ministers on 10 October 2014 state that by 2025, there will be 85,000 nurses in shortfall or by 2030, under the current setting, 123,000 nurses will be required. In another words, nurses are in strong demand by the Australian community over the next 5-10 years.
There are several nursing occupations on the current skilled occupation list for the General Skilled Migration visa application purpose, with 15 occupations on the medium and long-term occupation list and 7 on the short-term occupation list. The occupations are as follows:
Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)
In order to be allowed to work as a nurse in Australia, registration with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia is mandatory. Should you need to consider a skilled visa to Australia on a permanent basis and work as a Nurse, apart from meeting the registration requirement, you will need to receive a skills assessment outcome from ANMAC– Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council or VETASSESS.
Amongst the occupations listed above, only Veterinary nurse is assessed by VETASSESS, all other occupations are assessed by ANMAC.
Qualified nurses registered with NMBA (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia) can work in Australia, including the newly registered nurses.
Generally speaking, a Bachelor Degree qualification (equivalent to an Australian Bachelor Degree) is required to be able to work in Australia as a registered nurse. However, a Diploma level qualification holder in a nursing field may be able to work in Australia as an Enrolled Nurse, subject to the NMBA approving registration.
For nurses on the MLTSSL occupation list, general skilled visa including independent permanent visa subclass 189, state nominated visa subclass 190 and the new temporary regional skilled visa subclass 491 can be considered. The occupations on the short-term list can only be considered for the state nominated visa subclass 190 and/or the new visa subclass 491.
Similar to all other occupations, to be considered for a general skilled visa, nurses are required to obtain a positive skills assessment from ANMAC as the very first step to go through the skilled visa application process.
There are THREE pathways for a nurse to receive positive skills assessment from ANMAC, they are:
When a positive skills assessment issued by ANMAC is received, and the applicants can identify their migration points meeting the migration points threshold, an expression of interest can be considered.
NMBA will require you to show that you meet their English language requirement.
This will often require completion of an English language test. NMBA accepts the IELTS, OET, PTE Academic, and the TOEFL iBT. It is possible to use 2 different test sittings to meet the English requirement – these need to be done within 6 months of each other. Test results are valid for 2 years.
Exemptions from English testing apply if your initial qualifications, schooling or tertiary qualifications were done in certain English-speaking countries.
The candidates are also encouraged to refer to the latest invitation round information to have a realistic expectation on receiving an invitation.
Whilst the migration points threshold has been set at 65 points to lodge an Expression of Interest, the latest invitation round information shows a much higher cut-off points for candidates to receive an invitation under the independent skilled visa pathway subclass 189.
Candidates may receive an invitation with a minimum of 80 points under the Subclass 189 visa pathway based on the 11th August 2019 invitation record. We expect the same level of competitiveness under the state nominated visa pathway.
Are you considering a carer as a Nurse in Australia but you are not sure if it is the right option? The article ‘What’s like to be a registered Nurse?‘ may assist with your decision. It lists tasks and duties, average income, what are the jobs opportunities and more.
Should you decide coming to Australia for studies under the nursing profession, AHPRA provides a detailed list of approved programs of study in Australia, please access the information through https://www.ahpra.gov.au/education/
Please be reminded, the authorities in Australia may undertake reviews on a regular basis, please make sure you conduct necessary research before confirming enrolment with the education provider/s.
Nursing is extremely rewarding career, making a positive impact on the people you care for.
Moreover, having the opportunity to be an active member of Australian Community.
If you are dreaming of a life in Australia as a nurse, you may wish to speak with one of our registered migration agents about your visa eligibility and pathway.