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Immigration application priority update Oct 2022 and healthcare occupation tops the list.

Skilled visa applications are processed in the following order of priority:​

  1. Visa applications in relation to a healthcare or teaching occupation.
  2. For employer sponsored visas, visa applications where the applicant is nominated by an Approved sponsor with Accredited Status.
  3. Visa applications in relation to an occupation to be carried out in a designated regional area.
  4. For permanent and provisional visa subclasses, visa applications that count towards the migration program, excluding the Subclass 188 (Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)) visa.
  5. All other visa applications.​



Nursing Careers Australia is a recruitment  organisation that is committed to providing career opportunities for overseas nurses. We currently have Aged care employers in NSW,QLD, VIC willing to sponsor overseas nurses with Australian Nurse registration. “Contact Us”

AHPRA Bridging programs for internationally qualified nurses and midwives

The new model of assessment for internationally qualified nurses launched on 2 March 2020. Referral to bridging programs have therefore ended. All internationally qualified nurses seeking registration with the NMBA must now complete the Self-check to be advised of the assessment stages that must be successfully complete to be eligible to apply for registration

Australian Quality of life (

Australia performs well in many dimensions of well-being relative to other countries in the Better Life Index. Australia outperforms the average in income, jobs, education, health, environmental quality, social connections, civic engagement and life satisfaction. These assessments are based on available selected data.

Money, while it cannot buy happiness, is an important means to achieving higher living standards. In Australia, the average household net-adjusted disposable income per capita is USD 37 433 a year, more than the OECD average of USD 30 490 a year.

In terms of employment, about 73% of people aged 15 to 64 in Australia have a paid job, above the OECD employment average of 66%. Some 77% of men are in paid work, compared with 69% of women. In Australia, 13% of employees work very long hours in paid work, above the OECD average of 10%, with 19% of men working very long hours in paid work compared with 6% of women.

Good education and skills are important requisites for finding a job. In Australia, 84% of adults aged 25-64 have completed upper secondary education, higher than the OECD average of 79%. In Australia, completion does not vary between men and women. In terms of the quality of the education system, the average student scored 499 in reading literacy, maths and science in the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). This score is higher than the OECD average of 488. On average in Australia, girls outperformed boys by 8 points, above the average OECD gap of 5 points.

In terms of health, life expectancy at birth in Australia is around 83 years, two years higher than the OECD average of 81 years. Life expectancy for women is 85 years, compared with 81 for men. The level of atmospheric PM2.5 – tiny air pollutant particles small enough to enter and cause damage to the lungs – is 6.7 micrograms per cubic meter, below the OECD average of 14 micrograms per cubic meter. In Australia, 92% of people say they are satisfied with the quality of their water, higher than the OECD average of 84%.

Concerning the public sphere, there is a strong sense of community and high levels of civic participation in Australia, where 93% of people believe that they know someone they could rely on in time of need, more than the OECD average of 91%. Voter turnout, a measure of citizens’ participation in the political process, was 92% during recent elections, much higher than the OECD average of 69%. This reflects the practice of compulsory voting in Australia. Social and economic status can affect voting rates; voter turnout for the top 20% of the population is an estimated 96% and for the bottom 20% it is an estimated 90%.

When asked to rate their general satisfaction with life on a scale from 0 to 10, Australians gave it a 7.1 grade on average, higher than the OECD average of 6.7.

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