How to Get a Job As a Nurse in Australia

Before we get to my full article, here are the latest job vacancies for nurses in Australia.

Nurses Job Board

Total jobs: 3 701
Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council
  |  Kununurra, Western Australia
 - 08 Feb 2016

Staff include doctors, Aboriginal health workers, registered nurses, health promotional workers and... About the Opportunity. Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service is seeking a Registerd Nurse. Child Helath...

Australian Unity Limited
  |  Sydney, New South Wales
 - 08 Feb 2016

We are looking for a Community Nurse | Permanent Part Time | Sydney in New South Wales. As a Community Nurse | Permanent Part Time | Sydney with Australian Unity Limited, you role will be to...

Australian Unity Limited
  |  Melbourne, Victoria
 - 08 Feb 2016

We are looking for a ed Nurse | Part Time Role | Carlton Location in Victoria. As a ed Nurse | Part Time Role | Carlton Location with Australian Unity Limited, you role will be to...

Australian Unity Limited
  |  (Unspecified city), New South Wales
 - 08 Feb 2016

We are looking for a Community Nurse | Casual | Illawarra in New South Wales. As a Community Nurse | Casual | Illawarra with Australian Unity Limited, you role will be to...

Australian Red Cross Blood Service
  |  Bundoora, Victoria
 - 08 Feb 2016

We are looking for a Ennrolled Nurse in Victoria. As a Ennrolled Nurse with Australian Red Cross Blood Service, you role will be to...

Australian Red Cross Blood Service
  |  (Unspecified city), Victoria
 - 08 Feb 2016

We are looking for a ENROLLED NURSE - Adelaide in Victoria. As a ENROLLED NURSE - Adelaide with Australian Red Cross Blood Service, you role will be to...

Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council
  |  Broome, Western Australia
 - 08 Feb 2016

We are looking for a Enrolled Nurse OR Registered Nurse (KAMS) in Western Australia. As a Enrolled Nurse OR Registered Nurse (KAMS) with Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council, you role will be to...

Australian Unity Limited
  |  Melbourne, Victoria
 - 08 Feb 2016

We are looking for a Endorsed Enrolled Nurse | Part Time Role AM & PM Shifts | Carlton Location in Victoria. As a Endorsed Enrolled Nurse | Part Time Role AM & PM Shifts | Carlton Location with Australian Unity Limited, you role will be to...

Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council
  |  (Unspecified city), Western Australia
 - 08 Feb 2016

We are looking for a Clinic Manager -(Registered Nurse OR Aboriginal Health Worker) - KAMS in Western Australia. As a Clinic Manager -(Registered Nurse OR Aboriginal Health Worker) - KAMS with Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council, you role will be to...

Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council
  |  Broome, Western Australia
 - 08 Feb 2016

We are looking for a Nurse Unit Manager (KAMS) in Western Australia. As a Nurse Unit Manager (KAMS) with Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council, you role will be to...

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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…

Registration

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.

Sponsorship

Please see my page about job sponsorships.

More useful links:

The following posts from my blog may be of interest.

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Bex February 6, 2016 at 6:09 am

What needs to come first, registering with AHPRA or getting a sponsored job? Ideally I would get sponsored and then register but just want to know if they would want you to be registered before you apply or not.
Also once you’re registered with AHPRA, do you need to renew this each year? Can it last for as long as you keep renewing it?
Thanks

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BobinOz February 8, 2016 at 3:14 pm

Sorry Bex but this isn’t something I’m qualified to advise on. I think you would be better off speaking directly to AHPRA or a recruitment specialist. Good luck, Bob

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Anu January 12, 2016 at 12:07 pm

Hai I have completed bsc Nursing 3rd year,and now would like to work in australia.and I need good salary also.any opportunity is there or no?

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BobinOz January 12, 2016 at 8:39 pm

Maybe, but no guarantees. Firstly you would need to ensure that you are licensed/registered and qualified to practice here in Australia and secondly you would need to secure a job for yourself.

This page gives you advice on how to do that, but I couldn’t possibly calculate your chances of success.

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Jenifer December 29, 2015 at 12:45 am

I am studying Bsc Nursing 2nd year and I would like to work in Australia.Could you please tell me about the hospitals that would be good to work…and also about that salary..

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BobinOz December 30, 2015 at 9:53 pm

Sorry but this isn’t something I can help with, I just don’t have this kind of information. Good luck though, Bob

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gurpreet ghuman December 24, 2015 at 5:55 pm

I have complete my gnm in India now I have do diploma in early childhood care.Can I do job in hospital as a nurse in Australia please tell me

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Most.Delwara Begum November 19, 2015 at 4:25 pm

I am a nurse.I have completed MPH.I have experience 12 years.can I apply in Australia? How will get IELTS score.

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BobinOz November 27, 2015 at 8:17 pm

By taking the IELTS exam. That’s the only question I can answer, you would need to speak to a MARA registered migration agent to find out whether you have any options to apply.

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Fanuel Chare October 23, 2015 at 2:36 am

Hi
How possible is it to get someone who can help me to get to Australia and maybe will refund later

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BobinOz October 23, 2015 at 7:41 pm

No, not possible, not by any way I know of.

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neriman faesal October 11, 2015 at 5:40 am

can help please

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Ramandeep kaur October 8, 2015 at 6:45 pm

I have recently get all over five in academic Ilets and I am a rgisterd nurse in India with two experience how can I get job in australia

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Sukhdeep (Sid) Sandhu November 18, 2015 at 12:51 pm

Hi Ramandeep,
It is not possible in Nursing atleast as you need to score of 7 in each or other pathways which are really long study options in any English speaking countries.

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Rajesh September 18, 2015 at 10:20 pm

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

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Sid November 18, 2015 at 12:58 pm

It can be done provided you get good IELTS.

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drali August 20, 2015 at 2:58 am

homeopathic doctors are eligible for PR or not?

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BobinOz August 20, 2015 at 9:14 pm

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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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jithin September 25, 2015 at 8:06 pm

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

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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.

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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?

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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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