Commonwealth of Australia is under a constitutional democracy based on a
federal division of powers. The form of the government applied is a
constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of government.
Australia Healthcare System: Australia has a public health care
system and private health sector. The public health care system is
called Medicare. For more information on Australia’s health care system
contact the Commonwealth Department of Health
Nursing in Australia
salaries in Australia are determined by ‘Awards’ or ‘Agreements’. These
‘Awards’ and ‘Agreements’ can vary depending on the state or territory a
nurse works in or the area of nursing in which they practice. Before an
employer can be approved to recruit staff from overseas the employer
must sign an undertaking that agrees to pay a specified minimum salary.
Australia has different Nurse Registration Boards for the different
regions and states which are responsible for regulating their particular
nursing applicant needs to be in good shape and have attained a certain
level of relevant education and experience. It is also required for the
applicant to pass a health examination, which includes chest x-ray.
to practice as a Nurse in Australia, you need to register with the
corresponding Nurse Regulatory Authority in the state in which you
intend to work. Australia has different Nurse Registration Boards
responsible for regulating nurses in different regions or states.
applicants who are non-residents, or coming from other countries, you
need to be assessed by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMC)
before you can register with the relevant authority.
Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMC)
facilitates a national approach for the regulation of nursing and
midwifery in Australia. Each of the eight states and territories’ nurse
regulatory authorities is represented in this council. It works together
with the Nursing and Midwifery Regulatory Authorities (NMRA).
is also an authorized authority that assesses for the Department of
Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) and conducts skills assessments of
internationally qualified nurses and midwives seeking permanent
migration in Australia.
primary aim is to assess as to whether your educational attainment and
experience meets the standards established by the council or if you
would still require further education and other provisions.
Further information including copies of all ANMC
and APNMF submissions is available on the Health Workforce website
be assessed against the following criteria.
English Language Proficiency
Demonstration of the ANC National Competency Standards for Registered
Registration in your country of training
1st July 2009, all internationally-qualified nurses and midwives who are
applying for assessment from the ANMC under the general-skilled
migration scheme will be required to complete an English proficiency
test. Only the New Zealand registered nurses and midwives are exempt
from providing English proficiency under the 1997 Trans Tasman Mutual
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not need assessment with the ANC if you are:
an overseas nurse who holds a permanent resident Australian visa
you are a nurse applying for Working Holiday Visas.
fall into one of these above categories, then you should apply directly
to the relevant state or territory nurse regulatory authority:
do not fall into one of the above categories, then you will need
to apply for assessment with the ANMC. www.anmc.org.au
are provisions given in applying for either a temporary or a permanent
visa for overseas nurses to work in Australia’s healthcare industry.
Given the elevated demand for nurses in Australia, it is more likely
that visa applications placed by nurses will receive priority
For more information regarding visa application,
please see www.immi.gov.au
Australian Government, Department of Immigration
and Citizenship :