Recognizing International nurses
Australia recognises nursing education and registration from a small number of countries and colleges. For these nurses, registration can be a process based on verification of documents for: Your identity, Your nursing education and degrees and Your nursing experience
Nurses who were educated in countries not recognised by Australian authorities will be required to submit application to Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia under outcomes-based assessment (OBA) for Internationally Qualified Nurse or Midwife (IQNMs) who hold a qualification that is relevant but not substantially equivalent or based on similar competencies to an Australian approved qualification (and who demontrate they meet the mandatory registration standards). This replaced the need for new referrals to bridging programs in march 2020.
How it works
The new Outcomes Based Assessment (OBA)
The bridging programme has been replaced by Outcomes-Based Assessment in this new system (OBA). the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) transitioned to an Outcomes-Based Assessment (OBA) in March 2020.
There are only 2 outcomes;
a) If you have a Bachelors Degree and meet the IELTS/ OET requirement you may be given registration immediately (Only for Nurses educated from UK, Canada, Ireland) OR
b) You may be referred to a new outcomes-based assessment (OBA) (Nurses from all other countries).
What is a outcomes-based assessment (OBA)?
It’s a two-stage process, with candidates needing to pass a multiple-choice exam and a clinical exam.
This must be approved by AHPRA, and clinical held in Australia.
The costs involved? ( Subject to change)
Application for registration to AHPRA= AUD$660
OSCE fees = AUD$5000 AUD (Estimated )
NCLEX-RN fees = USD$350 (Approx AUD$600)
Police checks for AHPRA application = AUD$175