How do I migrate as a registered nurse to Australia?

Migration is a three-step process. In order to be eligible for migrating as a Nurse or any occupation on the skilled occupation list and in demand list you must hold the formal qualifications. The next step is you would need to obtain the Australian standards skills assessments for Nurses and become a registered Nurse. This is through the governing bodies APHRA and AMNAC. The next step is to lodge the EOI and the visa.

This is more complex than it sounds, and it is advisable to seek professional assistance such as from experienced migration agents such as Direct Migration Experts. We have ample experience and know how to make decision ready valid visa and skills assessment applications. We get you the results in a fast turnaround time.

I am already a qualified Nurse but my student agent in my country told me I need to come to Australia and study nursing again?

We meet many people who are given misinformation when obtaining a student visa. However, the good news is you do not need to study again. However, depending on where you have studied and where you have worked in the world you may need to complete a transition in obtaining the Australian standards and meeting our work requirements.

Do I need to be registered to work in Australia as a Nurse?

To work in Australia, you need your APHRA registration.

Do I need more than APHRA to migrate to Australia?

TO migrate to Australia no matter where in the world you are from you must be registered with AMNAC. This is a process that Direct Migration Experts can assist you with. In order to apply for AMNAC you must first hold your AHPRA registration.

Do I need a job to obtain permanent residency?

You do not need a job however, depending if you are onshore and offshore this will differ. Depending on which state and territory in Australia you are going to live in. Generally, in most cases you do not need employment to apply for permanent residency. Permanent Residency and the skilled occupation list are based on points and meeting the points criteria. This is not limited to Nurses but to all occupations on the skilled occupation list.

Do I need experience in Australia as a Nurse to obtain Permanent Residency?

You do not need Australian experience as a Nurse to apply nor obtain permanent residency. However, you do need formal qualifications and to be registered in Australia as a Nurse to obtain permanent residency.

Do I need to be in Australia to apply for my permanent residency?

No, this is a misconception. We have helped many clients at Direct Migration Experts over the years in obtaining permanent residency from all over the world including but not limited to the UK and Ireland and the Philippines.

Is it difficult to find a job once I arrive in Australia as a Nurse?

Once you have your permanent residency it is extremely easy to find work as a Nurse. Many employers in Australia want staff and workers in all fields that hold permanent residency. It is particularly important that you understand that the reason you will obtain your permanent visa is because of the occupation Nurses being in high demand. This means that there are NOT enough local people to fill the number of vacant Nursing positions in Australia.

What are the changes to getting overseas Nursing qualifications recognised in Australia?

In March 2020, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) transitioned to an Outcome-Based assessment (OBA) for internationally qualified Nurses and Midwives who meets APHRA’s registration standards. The previous programmes have now been replaced by Outcomes Based Assessment (OBA).

The first three steps are as follows. The Nursing Board of Australia which is APHRA says the first step is a self-check.

What does APHRA Stand for? Are they the Nursing Board in Australia?

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority is the equivalent to what is known overseas as the Nursing Board. They are the regulation agency. Together our primary  role is to protect the public and set standards and policies that all registered health practitioners.

How do I become registered in Australia with the Nursing Board/APHRA? How does it work to become completely qualified and recognised in Australia?

When you are registering as a Nurse in Australia, they are looking for three key points.

Three key pieces of information:


Do you have formal qualifications- Diploma, Bachelor, Masters or PHD


The minimum required education level to be registered in Australia is a Bachelor qualification which is a level 7 qualification. In India for example it is a 4-year education in other countries it is a 3–4-year education. A four-year education is a level 7 qualification in the qualification’s framework.


If you have completed a Diploma a GN than that is a level 6 qualification. So, this will mean that you will have to undertake further education to become a level 7 and above to be registered.

Are you currently registered in your home country or place of work?

The second piece of information that APHRA looks at is that you are currently registered in the country that you are currently living and working in or the country that you first completed your course in. If for example you are currently working in the UK, you will be registered there. Or if you studied in the Philippines but are now working in Qatar you will be registered in Qatar.

Do you meet the language requirements?

The third especially important requirement is your level of English. The Nursing Board (APHRA) requires a minimum of IELTS 7.0 in each band that is four bands. PTE 65 in each band.

So, a summary once again is the Australian Nursing Board -APHRA require the following:

  • Qualifications
  • Registration
  • Language requirement.

For those that meet the three self-check requirements you will be able to proceed with your orientation portfolio assessment and apply to APHRA. The cost at the time of writing this (February 2020) $640.00 AUD. You will be required to meet other requirements such as work history, criminal history, change of name and be able to provide evidence of your identity.

The next step is the OBA assessment.

This is a two-part process and is not a mark. Rather a pass or fail for each. We do suggest that even with years of experience applicants do some practice examination questions as it is important to understand how the examination is structured and the types of language used, questions asked etc.

Step One:

NCLEX Multiple Choice Questions

This exam is online and will be completed in the country which you are living or working. You complete this at a Pearson testing Centre. There are approximately 225 questions all MULTIPLE CHOICE as an online exam. The questions are often asking what the expected outcomes would be. Preparation is essential the examination takes at least 3-4 hours.

There is no grade or marks as results but rather within 24 hours the Nursing Board will notify you if you have passed or failed.

Once you have passed your NCLEX test you are then able to apply to the Nursing Board to book your OSCE


OSCE assessments are held in Australia not every week but rather every couple of months. You will not be able to do an exam.

Once again, the results are either PASS or FAIL. We do suggest that one does preparation.

Step 4

After passing NCLEX and OSCE you can apply for your registration.

Step 5

Complete Orientation this is to be completed in 6 months after obtaining registration. Your Australian employer may assist you with this.

If you are unable to meet the requirements due to changing a career path and not having 5 years or more work experience or your hours.

Major PUBLIC Hospitals in Capital Cities where you can find work once you are in Australia and registered with APHRA and have the visa to work include (not limited to as there are more and private ones too):

How can I start the process and begin my migration Journey to Australia?

The first step so as we can assess you and ensure that you meet the Australian qualifications framework for the skills assessment is send us a copy of your resume (cv) for your free visa preliminary assessment. We will review your formal qualifications, age, work experience, English level and ensure that you meet the basic criteria. We will then contact you to arrange a consultation with you. We will provide you with individual legal advice and guidance of the process. We do suggest that if you do have the dream of migrating to Australia, we do suggest starting the process as the skilled occupation list changes and requirements become more difficult.

Do not delay, contactDirect Migration Experts today for all your migration enquiries.

Metropolitan Sydney, Australia

Prince of wales Hospital- Randwick, Royal North Shore Hospital-St Leonards, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital -Camperdown, Ryde Hospital- Ryde, Neringah Hospital- Wahroonga, Mount Druitt Hospital-Mount Druitt, Nepean Hospital-Kingswood, Mona Vale Hospital-Mona Vale,St George Hospital-Kogarah, St Josephs Hospital-Auburn, Blue Mountains Hospital- Katoomba,

Concord Hospital-Concord, Hospital, Blacktown -Blacktown, Calvary Hospital-Kogarah,, Camden Hospital-Camden, Campbelltown Hospital-Campbelltown , Canterbury Hospital- Canterbury, Fairfield Hospital-Fairfield, Gosford Hospital- Gosford, Greenwich Hospital-Greenwich, Hawkesbury Hospital-Windsor, Karitane Mothercraft Society-Carramar, Liverpool Hospital-Liverpool, Long Jetty Health Care Centre- Killarney Vale, Macquarie Hospital-North Ryde, Manly Hospital-Manly, St Joseph’s Hospital-Auburn, St Vincent’s Hospital-Darlinghurst, Sutherland Hospital-Caringbah, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead-Westmead.

Melbourne major Public Hospitals metropolitan Melbourne

Yarra Ranges Health- Lilydale, Williamstown Hospital-Williamstown, Western Hospital-Footscray- Footscray, Wantirna Health- Wantirna, Angliss Hospital-Upper Ferntree Gully, Austin Hospital-Heidelberg, Box Hill Hospital-Box Hill, Broadmeadows Health Service-Broadmeadows, Bundoora Extended Care-Bandoora, Calvary Health Care Bethlehem-Caulfield, Caritis Christi Hospice-Kew, Casey Hospital-Berwick, Caulfield Hospital-Caulfield, Craigieburn Health Service- Craigieburn, Cranbourne Integrated Care Centre, Cranbourne, Dame Phyllis Frost Centre-Marmak unit-Deer Park, Dandenong Campus-Dandenong, Dental Health Services Victoria- Carlton, Golf Links Road Rehabilitation Centre-Frankston, Healesville and District Hospital,- Healesville, Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital-Heidelberg West, Kingston Centre (Cheltenham)-Cheltenham, Kooweerup Regional Health Service-Koo Wee Rup, Maroondah Hospital (East Ringwood), Ringwood East, Melton Health-Melton West, Mercy Health -O’Connell Family Centre-Canterbury, Mercy Hospital for Women-Heidelberg, Mercy Public Hospital- Werribee, Monash Medical Centre (CLAYTON)- Clayton, Monash Medical Centre (Moorabbin)-East Bentleigh, Mount Eliza Aged Care & Rehabilitation Service- Mount Eliza, Rose bud Hospital-Rosebud, Royal Children’s Hospital (Parkville), Parkville, Royal Melbourne Hospital- Parkville, Royal Women’s Hospital ( Carlton)-Parkville, Sandringham Hospital-Sandringham, St Vincent’s Hospital(Fitzroy)- Fitzroy, Sunshine Hospital-St Albans, The Mornington Centre- Mornington, The Northern Hospital- Epping, The Peter James Center- Forrest Hill, The Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital- East Melbourne, Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health-Fairfield.

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