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How do the Nurses Boards of Australia decide if they will register me?

published: March 12th, 2010 | category: Australian Nurse Registration, FAQ

Standard 1; Applicant has completed a nursing or midwifery program assessed as being comparable to education in Australia at the time the course was undertaken, leading to a license/eligibility/registration to practise.

  • Australian Nursing and Midwifery Regulatory Authorities (NMRAs), with the exception of NSW, have assessed nursing qualifications obtained in one of the following countries as being adequate for the purpose of registration as a nurse.
  • Applicant has completed an education program leading to registration/license/eligibility as a nurse in one of the following countries:
    • United Kingdom
    • Canada
    • The Republic of South Africa
    • The Republic of Ireland
    • Singapore
    • United States of America
    • Hong Kong
  • EU member states where the nursing education meets the EU directive 77/453
  • Proof of English language competence is required from applicants who completed their nursing course in one of the following countries
    (refer Standard 6):

    • The Republic of South Africa
    • Singapore
    • Hong Kong
    • Canadian provinces of Quebec and New Brunswick

Standard 2; An applicant, who does not meet Standard 1 requirements, may be assessed as eligible for registration if they successfully complete an assessment of competence sometimes called a bridging or pre registration program.

Standard 3; Applicant provides evidence of registration in an overseas country

Standard 4; Applicant provides evidence of experience as a registered nurse withing 5 years prior to the application.

Standard 5; Applicant’s true identity is established

Standard 6; Applicant meets English language proficiency requirements as determined by the state registration Boards policy.

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