Becoming a Nurse in Australia

A number of pathways

There are a number of ways to become a nurse in Australia for Internationally Qualified Nurse or Midwife.

Which pathway you choose will depend on;

The country where you undertook your nursing education

The nursing college/university you attended

Your nursing qualifications
and experience

Your access to funds and/or educational loans

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.

IQNMs Assessment

Internationally Qualified Nurse or Midwife (IQNMs) in each stream have different steps (assessment stages) to complete before being eligible to apply for registration.

The three streams are:

Stream A

IQNMs who hold a qualification considered to be substantially equivalent, or based on similar competencies, to an approved qualification. OBA assessment not required under this stream

Stream B

IQNMs who hold a qualification that is relevant to the profession, but is not substantially equivalent, nor based on similar competencies to an approved qualification. Nurses are required to undertake OBA assessment.

Stream C

IQNMs who hold a qualification that is not substantially equivalent or relevant to an approved qualification

How it works

1

Assess your ability to meet the registration requirements

2

Assess your ability to meet the immigration requirements

3

Complete self-check

If Stream A, successfully complete Orientation Part 1
If Stream B, successfully complete Orientation Part 1 and Outcomes Based Assessment (OBA)
4

Fill in application and provide all documentation to Aphra

5

NMBA will assess whether you meet the requirements for the registration

6

Receive Registration

7

Emigrate to Australia

8

Begin working

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

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Shankur from Kerala

I like everything about this country – the people, the living conditions, the culture – and I’m very thankful for Nursing Careers Australia in helping me find a great job so quickly.

Shankur from Kerala