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The 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.

Capital: Canberra

Population: 21,714,000

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 and Ageing.


Overview of Nursing in Australia

Nurses’ 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 area.


Registration Requirements

The 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.

In order 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.

For 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. 


Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMC)

The 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).

The ANMC 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. 

Its 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.

ANMC Website:

Further information including copies of all ANMC and APNMF submissions is available on the Health Workforce website


The Assessment

You will be assessed against the following criteria.

*        English Language Proficiency

*        Nursing Education

*        Demonstration of the ANC National Competency Standards for Registered Nurses

*        Registration in your country of training


Language Testing Requirements

From the 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 Recognition Act. 


Do I Need Assessment?

You do not need assessment with the ANC if you are:

 - an overseas nurse who holds a permanent resident Australian visa

 - or if you are a nurse applying for Working Holiday Visas.

If you fall into one of these above categories, then you should apply directly to the relevant state or territory nurse regulatory authority: Australian Nursing Boards

If you do not fall into one of the above categories, then you will need to apply for assessment with the ANMC.


Visa Application

There 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 processing.

For more information regarding visa application, please see   

Useful Links

Australian Government, Department of Immigration and Citizenship :

ANMC Website:

Australia Nursing Boards: Australian Nursing Boards

Healthworkforce Website:

Visa Application: 









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