Nursing Careers AustraliaNursing Australia Careers, we recruit, place and support Indian nurses in nursing positions throughout Australia.

Frequently Asked Questions


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Expenses during Pre Registration Course (CBAP)

Question: What is the detail of my living costs?

Answer: Total living costs are $130 per nurse per week . These costs are specified in the services agreement, and an attached schedule gives you the detail;

  • Food & personal: $60 per nurse/week (includes all food and drinks, personal grooming & hygiene items, household items; toilet paper, soap garbage bags etc).
  • Transport: $20 per nurse/week (includes cost of local buses, trains on weekends for leisure and during weekdays for attending class, clinical placements etc).
  • Medical Services: $10 per nurse/week (includes cost of pharmacy items, doctor’s appointments. Most nurses do not need this much but if you have flu etc you will need to attend a medical centre. Serious illness or accidents will usually be covered by travel insurance).
  • Mobile Phone: $20 per nurse/week(includes cost of a new sim card ($30), and calls to other phones. All calls to your fellow nurses will be free if called on same network. Calls to overseas are expensive and not included. Calls to India can be made using a $10 phone card (60 mins of call time to India), and calling on home phone. Calls to other networks will usually cost from $0.34 to $0.50 per 30 seconds.
  • Entertainment: $20 per nurse/week (includes cost of movies, amusement parks, meals etc).
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Question: What is the detail of my accommodation costs?

Answer: Total accommodation costs are $200 per nurse per week . These costs are specified in the services agreement, and an attached schedule gives you the detail;

  • Weekly rent :$156 per nurse/week (includes furnished accommodation, shared room);
    • In Sydney you would normally pay $300/week for similar accommodation.
  • Phone Calls: $4 per nurse/week (this is cost of using the phone in the accommodation premisies for local calls only and does not include the cost of mobile calls or long distance calls).
  • Utilities:$16 per nurse/week (includes cost of services; water rates, electricity, Gas, billed to accommodation premises, in many cases this will not pay all the bills, but you will not be billed for more).
  • Maintenance:$24 per nurse/week (includes cost of cleaning accommodation premises weekly by outside contractors, and maintenance that will be required from time to time on appliances, lights, garden, grass cutting etc. this is below what it will cost us).
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Question: Why are my costs higher than that required for students on student visas?

Answer: Short term, furnished accommodation, is approximately double that of accommodation rented for 12 months or more without furniture. (Your accommodation, unfurnished, on a long term basis, would be $100 per nurse per week, sharing with others.)

This is the difference between $17,160 and $12,000 required by the government.

Living and food costs are approximately the same long or short term.

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Question: How much will my accommodation and living expenses be?

Answer: Your total accommodation and living expenses will be $330 per week ($200 accommdoation, $130 living)

The Australian Government estimates the accommodation and living expenses for students studying in Australia are $12,000 (not including education fees) per annum per person.

They insist on students applying for a student visa, having at least $12,000 to cover these costs each year, irrespective of whether they work or not.

The amount we have allocated to you is $17,160 ($330 x 52 weeks), which is more than adequate to cover all your needs in 14 weeks.

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Question: What type of costs might you agree to pay in addition to budgeted costs?

Answer: Costs that is necessary for you to pass the course and become registered and employed in Australia as a nurse.

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Question: What costs are not included?

Answer: Unreasonable expenses, such as personal items you don’t need to pass the course

The costs not included, will be specified in the services agreement you sign with us.

We cannot anticipate every cost you might incur, in which case we will assess the need and decide at the time.

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Question: Do I have to take extra money from my pocket for food while doing the Competency Based Assessment Program (CBAP)?

Answer: No The price we quote will be inclusive of all reasonable living and accommodation costs. This means we may assist in finding reasonable accommodation  during the 14 weeks from the day you arrive in Australia to your first day of work. You must have funds in your Australian bank account for rent,food, travel entertainment and personal items, and this is what you have to spend on personal items food etc Most nurses actually save money from the actual quoted costs
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