Overseas Nurses – Am I eligible to work as a Nurse in Australia?
Aster Medical provides recruitment services to overseas trained registered nurses who wish to work in Australia.
Australia The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) is responsible for the registration and accreditation of 10 health professions across Australia, including the Nursing and Midwifery Board.
The Nursing and Midwifery Board assesses the comparability of international nurses’ training and qualifications to that of Australian nursing graduates.
You can find more information you on the role and functions of the board, application forms and how to apply, costs etc. on their website;
As a general guide if you have met the English language requirements and trained, or have worked for more than 12 months as a registered nurse, in one of the countries listed below, you will be eligible for registration in either Australia or New Zealand:
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
- Hong Kong
- Western Europe i.e., Scandinavia, Germany, Austria Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Spain, Netherlands
The more experience you have in your specialty the better your chances are of achieving registration and securing a nursing position in Australia.
English Language requirement
To register in Australia as an overseas trained nurse, you need to achieve on of the following:
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Test Nurses and Midwives must achieve an overall minimum score of 7 in each of the four components.
- Occupational English Test (OET) for Nurses Nurses and Midwives must achieve an overall Pass, with grades of A or B in all four components of the test.