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: 3 220
Regis Aged Care
  |  Camberwell, Victoria
 - 27 Jul 2016

Ensuring all staff adhere to safe practices and follow all WHS requirements. Your experience. Qualified Registered Nurse with current AHPRA Registration. Minimum 12 months experience as a...

Latrobe Regional Hospital
  |  Warragul, Victoria
 - 27 Jul 2016

Applications are sought from Registered Nurses (with post graduate qualifications in Mental Health), Social Workers, Psychologists and Occupational Therapists to undertake this challenging role...

City of Lake Macquarie
  |  Newcastle, New South Wales
 - 27 Jul 2016

Management of essential services and security measures in community buildings. Management of volunteer Landcare groups, a Landcare resource centre, and plant nursery operations. Delivery of...

  |  Milton, New South Wales
 - 27 Jul 2016

To be successful. You will have a working knowledge of the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) as well as experience in a similar supervisory role. Holding current. Registered Nurse...

International SOS
  |  Brisbane, Queensland
 - 27 Jul 2016

And. With respect for privacy and confidentiality. Registered Nurses. We are seeking experienced... Minimum of 3 years experience as an Division 1 Nurse. Excellent clinical assessment skills in a primary...

International SOS
  |  Sydney, New South Wales
 - 27 Jul 2016

Including IHMS Registered Nurses and Medical Team, IHMS GAN Department, Detention Facilities, Health... Previous Experience as a Registered Nurse. Required Qualifications (Brief description of the educational...

International SOS
  |  Perth, Western Australia
 - 27 Jul 2016

Description. Expressions of interest. Registered Nurse. HSE Coordinator. International SOS is the... We are seeking expressions of interest for the following area. Qualified Registered Nurse with Health...

International SOS
  |  Melbourne, Victoria
 - 27 Jul 2016

Administer medications as prescribed and or in accordance with practice guidelines and nurse initiated... Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent. and. Registration with AHPRA as a Registered Nurse. Required...

International SOS
  |  Melbourne, Victoria
 - 27 Jul 2016

And. With respect for privacy and confidentiality. Full Time Mental Health Nurse. We are seeking... Minimum of 3 years experience as an Division 1 Mental Health Nurse. Basic Life Support or First Aid...

International SOS
  |  Adelaide, South Australia
 - 27 Jul 2016

With appropriate dignity, humanity, cultural and gender sensitivity. and. with respect for privacy and confidentiality. We are seeking Registered Nurses with experiences and qualifications in...

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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…


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.

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  • Paul July 27, 2016, 7:14 am | Link

    Hi Bob,

  • Danny Lucas July 15, 2016, 5:54 am | Link

    Hi Bob, my wife is from Kosovo and she works in Saudi Arabia for 12 years and promoted as head nurse, she got ilets on 2014 at average of 6, is there possibility to migrate with whole family is aussie.

    • BobinOz July 15, 2016, 5:24 pm | Link

      I couldn’t answer that one Danny, you would need to speak to a MARA registered migration agent about your options. Please read the two important notices at the foot of the above article. Cheers, Bob

  • Phyllis Adabi Owusu-Nsiah July 4, 2016, 11:32 am | Link

    hi sir
    am nurse from Ghana like to work in your country and i want you to help me
    thank you

  • Bini June 29, 2016, 4:09 am | Link

    I worked for 3 years in Karnataka state but did Tamil Nadu state nursing council registration 1 year before
    Is my experience valid?
    Can I apply for Australia migration? Am I eligible

  • Saki June 28, 2016, 6:04 pm | Link

    my mother is a senior nurse in Bangladesh…she has 15 years of experience working in we want to migrate in Australia…can my mother get nursing job in Australia??
    plzz tell me details…if she can what is the process?? and if she cant what will be needed to get a job at nursing sector in Australia??? it would be very kind help if u let me know about this

  • Subi June 19, 2016, 6:49 pm | Link

    I like to work in australia.lloves it

  • Ahmer raza maish June 4, 2016, 3:15 pm | Link

    I wana work in Australia any. Work

  • manpreet May 31, 2016, 2:17 am | Link

    I have just done my bsc.nursing degree & now I want to move to Australia .so,wts the basic criteria for doing further study in Australia for validation of your degree?

    • BobinOz May 31, 2016, 7:55 pm | Link

      It’s a complicated process and not one I can help you with, but the links in the above article will help you to do your research.

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  • kirstie April 25, 2016, 10:28 am | Link

    loving all your information its been a great help. I have always said since being a kid I want to move to Australia. I had my daughter young (18) she is now 6. I qualified as a mental health nurse September 2015 and have been in my current post in the UK since. My partner is currently studying business management at university and is due to finish January 2017. I was just wondering if capital and savings is needed to move to Australia with a nursing degree? Also if I got a permanent post out in Australia how easy would it be for my partner to come over with me with us not being married?
    Thanks, Hope to here from you soon 🙂

    • BobinOz April 25, 2016, 5:58 pm | Link

      Hi Kirstie

      Thanks, glad you like it.

      Moving to Australia isn’t cheap, so you will need some capital, but if you are asking me how much you need to satisfy the visa acceptance process, I really don’t know. As for your partner, it depends exactly what you mean by partner, Google “Fact Sheet 35 – Australian immigration de facto rules” for more information.

      If you are unsure about anything to do with this process, I strongly advise that you speak to a MARA registered migration agent. Good luck, Bob

  • jesmin April 24, 2016, 4:08 pm | Link

    hi,i’m jesmin . i’m from Bangladesh.recently i completed my graduation in nursing andpost graduation in public health.i have 5 yrs experience working in can i get a job in australia.pls help me.

  • Sneha April 22, 2016, 11:29 pm | Link

    Hi Bob..thank you fa ya reply… Ya Information is very useful…
    I would like to know that how much years experience I need to work in Australia hospital.. I wanna know abt permanent visa

    • BobinOz April 25, 2016, 3:50 pm | Link

      Then you would need to speak to a MARA registered migration agent about that. Good luck, Bob

  • Sneha April 21, 2016, 4:11 pm | Link

    Hi , i have completed bsc nursing degree in india., and registered as RN RM. Now am working in delhi Medanta the medicity hospital. I would like to study the diploma Australia.
    Please can you tell me much year experience I need. and please let me know the details about student visa and OET / IELTS.

    • BobinOz April 22, 2016, 6:18 pm | Link

      This is something you would probably be better off asking my student expert about, see my page Student Visas.

  • Theresa moras April 10, 2016, 11:45 pm | Link

    Hi Bob
    I’m a registered nurse working in Kenya with experience of more than 6yrs, will you connect me to a hospital that needs a nurse on full-time.

    • BobinOz April 11, 2016, 8:25 pm | Link

      No, I can’t help you get a job here, you need to work at that for yourself. The information in my article above should help you. Good luck, Bob

  • omenka chukwuemeka March 15, 2016, 2:34 pm | Link

    How can wife who is a trained Nigeria with RN,RM, and diploma i Public health relocate to Australia here to join me?

    • BobinOz March 15, 2016, 4:52 pm | Link

      There is a link in the above article which will help you investigate that, it’s not something I can help you with personally. Good luck, Bob

  • Scott February 12, 2016, 11:09 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,
    This is a great website! Very useful indeed. Do you know how easy it would be to get a job as a Paramedic in Australia?

    Cheers, Scott

    • BobinOz February 15, 2016, 4:16 pm | Link

      Thanks Scott. I don’t know how easy it would be to get a job here as a paramedic, I do think you will need to ensure your qualifications are recognised here and you will also need to get registration to work here.

      If you can get all that in place, I’d be surprised if you couldn’t find a job here, and if you agreed to live somewhere regional, that’s outside of the big major cities in designated regional areas, that may open more doors for you. If in doubt, speak to a MARA registered migration agent. Cheers, Bob

  • Bex February 6, 2016, 6:09 am | Link

    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?

    • BobinOz February 8, 2016, 3:14 pm | Link

      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

  • Anu January 12, 2016, 12:07 pm | Link

    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?

    • BobinOz January 12, 2016, 8:39 pm | Link

      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.

  • Jenifer December 29, 2015, 12:45 am | Link

    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..

    • BobinOz December 30, 2015, 9:53 pm | Link

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

    • sumit May 11, 2016, 5:44 pm | Link

      if anybody need job for nursing to austrlia who completed ielts mail me Email address removed by admin

      • BobinOz May 11, 2016, 5:51 pm | Link

        I have removed the above posters email address and I strongly advise anybody who has received it as a notification in their email to not get in touch. Gmail accounts are not traceable, you have no idea who you are contacting or what they are up to.

        I suggest anybody looking for work only deals with reputable recruitment agencies and be very wary of anybody who promises a job and asks you to pay some money to make it happen.

        Many thanks, Bob

  • gurpreet ghuman December 24, 2015, 5:55 pm | Link

    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

  • Most.Delwara Begum November 19, 2015, 4:25 pm | Link

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

    • BobinOz November 27, 2015, 8:17 pm | Link

      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.

  • Fanuel Chare October 23, 2015, 2:36 am | Link

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

    • BobinOz October 23, 2015, 7:41 pm | Link

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

  • neriman faesal October 11, 2015, 5:40 am | Link

    can help please

  • Ramandeep kaur October 8, 2015, 6:45 pm | Link

    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

    • Sukhdeep (Sid) Sandhu November 18, 2015, 12:51 pm | Link

      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.

  • Rajesh September 18, 2015, 10:20 pm | Link

    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

    • Sid November 18, 2015, 12:58 pm | Link

      It can be done provided you get good IELTS.

  • drali August 20, 2015, 2:58 am | Link

    homeopathic doctors are eligible for PR or not?

  • Ramandeep kaur August 17, 2015, 8:13 am | Link

    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

  • Wendy August 17, 2015, 12:53 am | Link

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

    • BobinOz August 17, 2015, 8:28 pm | Link

      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, 8:28 pm | Link

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

  • kamal August 10, 2015, 10:11 am | Link

    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, 5:15 am | Link

    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, 11:48 pm | Link

    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, 8:06 pm | Link

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

  • joan chepkemoi July 26, 2015, 8:08 am | Link

    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, 7:18 pm | Link

    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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