International Nurses and Midwives: How to Get a Job as a Nurse or Midwife in Australia

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Migrating to Australia permanently or temporarily offers many fantastic career opportunities for experienced and qualified nurses and midwives. Australia is a diverse and beautiful country offering picturesque beaches and landscapes, a pleasant climate and a laid back lifestyle.

Within Australia, nurses and midwives can register as a registered nurse, enrolled nurse, midwife or a combination of these. There are over 380,000 registered nurses and midwives in Australia however, this number doesn’t accurately reflect working professionals.

MedicalJobsAustralia.com is often contacted by international nurses and midwives interested in working as a nurse or midwife in Australia. As we are an online jobs site, we can’t provide specific career guidance or advice to individual medical job seekers however, we can share the following information on where to look online.

Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency (AHPRA)
If you are interested in working in Australia as a nurse or midwife, you must be registered with AHPRA’s Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, meet all of the registration standards and in some cases complete a skills assessment.

For more information, please visit the following links:
www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au

www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Registration-and-Endorsement/International.aspx

Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection

In addition to gaining your registration through AHPRA’s Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, you must also apply for a visa through the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection and be granted the right to work and live in Australia.

If the paperwork process seems like it is too much, you also have the option to employ migration agent services to assist you with applying for an Australian work visa and your relocation.

For more information, please visit the following links:

www.border.gov.au/Lega/Lega/Form/Immi-FAQs/i-am-a-nurse-how-can-i-work-in-australia

www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Work/Skills-assessment-and-assessing-authorities/skilled-occupations-lists/SOL