How to Get a Job As a Nurse in Australia

Nurses, doctors and dentists in Australia.

It is true to say that there is a shortage of nurses, doctors and indeed, dentists here in Australia. So how easy is it for those from the medical professions to qualify for Permanent Residency (PR) or an Employer Sponsored nurse Workers Visa?

The popular belief is that it is very easy indeed, but you should bear in mind that there are criteria that have to be met.

  • Your age.
  • Your ability to speak the English language.
  • Your current qualifications and the country in which you obtained them.
  • Your qualifications will need to be assessed by the relevant authority here in Australia.
  • Upon successful assessment, you will need to obtain registration (see more information about this further below) with one of the state or territory nursing registration boards.
  • If you are a GP, you can get more help on my page How to Get a Job As a Doctor in Australia.

I have deliberately been non-specific about these criteria they are subject to change by the Australian Government. For that reason, the best source for up-to-date information is the Australian Government’s Department of Immigration & Border Control (DIBP) website, two very useful links are below.

Doctors and Nurses in Australia: Your questions answered

Click on the following links for further information…


The registration of Internationally Qualified Nurses and Midwives is handled by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. They have a downloadable PDF which can help you with this process. You can get this document from their page called Registration and Endorsement, but there is also a good deal more helpful information on their website, so do have a good look around.


Please see my page about job sponsorships.

More useful links:

The following posts from my blog may be of interest.

Going to the Dentist in Australia.
What It’s Really Like to Be Bitten by a Redback Spider
The Australian Health Service: Getting an X-Ray
Calling the Doctor’s Surgery When It’s Closed
The Universal Law of Doctors
6 Ways to Emigrate to Australia

Important: Please read before commenting…

And for those looking for professional assistance…

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Rajesh September 18, 2015 at 10:20 pm

Am from India,i completed in Microbiology in 2011 in Indian recognized am as microbiologist in pathological am looking to migrate to
australia but i don’t know how please give me suggestion


drali August 20, 2015 at 2:58 am

homeopathic doctors are eligible for PR or not?


BobinOz August 20, 2015 at 9:14 pm

It’s not that simple, see Would I Qualify?


Ramandeep kaur August 17, 2015 at 8:13 am

Hii l am Raman l have completed my gnm before two and recently get five bnd in Ilets please reply me how can l get job in australia


BobinOz August 17, 2015 at 8:32 pm
Wendy August 17, 2015 at 12:53 am

Iam a nurse, at the age of 51 is it too late to emigrate to Austrlia?


BobinOz August 17, 2015 at 8:28 pm

I moved when I was 49, wasn’t too late for me, I don’t think you are ever physically too old to move. If you’re asking whether you’ve left it too late to get a visa though, that’s a different question and one only a MARA registered migration agent can answer for you.

Good luck, Bob


Mathu October 3, 2015 at 8:28 pm

I am 53 years old nurse I would like to work in Australia how to apply for it


kamal August 10, 2015 at 10:11 am

i am jordanian doctor ,finished faculty of medicine in Russia 1993 worked as GP until 6/2003 ,got 4years training Program in Anesthisia and intensive care in hospital,s of MOH.finished successfuly ,uptodate i am working as Anesthetist.


ankita August 2, 2015 at 5:15 am

dear sir,I am ankita patel,age-28 years,Master of science in microbiology and B.ed ( bachelor of. education) ,biology and science teachet,married,have 4 years old son,husband 33 years old,MSC. microbiology,MBA,working in MNC as Quality assurance department as assistant manager.we want to apply for PR,plz help and advice us for proceed.


BobinOz July 26, 2015 at 11:48 pm

Any of you looking to come to Australia to work as a nurse should click on the link in the above article where it says “I am a nurse. How can I work in Australia?” for more information.

All your questions will be answered there.

Good luck, Bob


jithin September 25, 2015 at 8:06 pm

hii.. i have a doubt.. which part of Australia offer more nurses sponsorship? Perth or Melbourne


BobinOz September 27, 2015 at 8:36 pm

I don’t know, my page Getting a Job or a Sponsorship will help you research that one though.


joan chepkemoi July 26, 2015 at 8:08 am

I am kenyan lady, aged 23 pursing Bachelor of science Nursing in kenya.i am in my final year and i am supposed to graduate in December. i would love to work in Australia. In kenya after graduation i am supposed to go for 1 year intern paid though and sit for licensing exam by Nursing Council of kenya.upon graduation i am awarded my degree with Transcripts. what do i need to qualify for a job there? especially after graduation?


Harishankar July 15, 2015 at 7:18 pm

Hii .. I have completed my B.Sc nursing from india ,& got RNRM from INC.
I wish to migrate to Australia. Please can you give me advise . Reply please


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