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 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.
You will find their overview of doctors and nurses here….
With specific information about working as a doctor including a link to visa options for doctors here….
And more specific information about working as a nurse with a link to visa options for nurses here…
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
Update: 30th of April 2013
This page was originally created some time around June 2011, since then the Australian job market, especially for nurses, has changed a fair bit.
A recent article which hit the online media a short while ago tells of nurse graduates, particularly in Queensland, who are struggling to find work. You can read the full article in The Australian.
This, in itself, does not mean that there isn’t still a shortage of experienced nurses in certain fields, and particularly in regional areas of Australia.
Anybody looking to come here to work as a nurse, as well as making sure they comply with the above criteria, would do well to make use of the links on my page about Jobs and Sponsorships to the top three online employment agencies here in Australia to check for the latest vacancies.
I also suggest you search specifically for your speciality in nursing, and also consider working outside of the major cities as there are almost certainly more opportunities in regional Australia.