Looking for a nursing job, Melbourne has a growing health care service and needs many different kinds of health care workers from Nurses to doctors. If you are looking for a nursing job, then to be allowed to work as a nurse you must meet the registration requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) (registration fee and a renewal fee will be applicable for the initial registration process with NMBA).
What are the responsibilities of NMBA and AHPRA?
NMBA in partnership with AHPRA is primarily responsible for assessing registration applications from internationally qualified nurses & midwives to ensure that they are well trained and qualified for registration purposes in Australia. NMBA is accountable for ensuring that foreign nationals are equally eligible to work as a nurse in Australia and their registrations are correctly done following NMBA requirements.
What will be NMBA’s assessment criteria for IQNMs?
In 2019 NMBA has revised its’ assessment criteria for internationally qualified nurses & midwives and the revised assessment criteria will commence in the 2nd half of 2019, changes under the new assessment will include the reduction of current eight assessment criteria into three criteria. Latest assessment criteria would be Outcomes-Based Assessment (OBA) for IQNMs who hold relevant but not substantially equivalent qualifications (who meet the mandatory registration standards), and the following factors will be considered while assessing the applications.
• The overall assessment process includes both a cognitive and behavioral component
• The cognitive assessment must be passed before the behavioral part is attempted
• And an orientation program is established to orientate nurses and midwives to work in the Australian healthcare context. (Based on this recommendation, the NMBA will develop an orientation program for all IQNMs applying for registration in Australia.)
What are the qualifications required to work as a nurse in Melbourne, Australia for foreign nationals (Following NMBA requirements)
• IELTS Academic Level 7 or OET (Language Proficiency)
• Should complete HSC with an appropriate University Admission Index or Higher School studies in the home country
• 3-year Bachelor of Nursing or Internationally recognized qualification from a University
• Or else registered government nurse in home country
• Or Programs of study at Australian education providers that qualify a person for registration as a Registered Nurse, Enrolled Nurse or Midwife under section 53(a) of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (National Law), being qualifications approved by the National Board.
• A valid visa to work in Australia (Refer 1 & 2)
- Information on visa requirements is on the Department of Home Affairs website under each visa type. It is essential to check what visa requirements affect you before applying to the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council for a skills assessment.
Documents to be assessed by ANMAC
a. Bio-statistical pages of passport
b. Change of name documents (marriage certificate, birth certificate, etc…)
c. A passport-sized photograph taken in the last 6 months
d. Graduation certificate and transcript. Your transcript must include commencement and completion dates.
e. Professional references f. Agent Declaration Form (if you have nominated an agent to act on your behalf).
g. Passport size color photo
- Only need to have your qualifications and skills assessed by ANMAC, if you are migrating to Australia under the General Skilled Migration program to work as a nurse or midwife. Check with the Department of Home Affairs if you need a skills assessment before you apply for your visa.
- How to find a nurse job in Melbourne, Australia?
If you meet all the above requirements, then you can find jobs through recruitment companies