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: 5 672
Lutheran Community Care
  |  Buderim, Queensland
 - 20 Aug 2017

As our new Registered Nurse you have the opportunity to. put resident wellbeing at the forefront of our... About the role. We have an opportunity for a part time Registered Nurse to work predominantly night...

Edith Cowan University
  |  Perth, Western Australia
 - 20 Aug 2017

021. We are looking for Assessors who. are qualified allied health professionals, nurses or doctors. hold a current driver's license. have access to a registered vehicle and be able to travel...

Drake International
  |  Darwin, Northern Territory
 - 20 Aug 2017

Registered Nurses. All Specialties. Drake Medox is a leading specialist provider of Nursing... About the role. We are seeking a registered nurses to work in various clinical services. Shifts will be...

Job Mail
  |  Narooma Region, New South Wales
 - 20 Aug 2017

Requirements are as follows. Own print, scan facility, internet access Reliable car with driver s license Email access, android device with data package. Must have at least 3 year ...

Western Sydney University
  |  Sydney, New South Wales
 - 20 Aug 2017

Candidates must demonstrate the ability to lead practice development in mental health services and have expertise and experience in mental health nurse education in university based programs...

National Veterinary Care
  |  Burnie, Tasmania
 - 19 Aug 2017

As part of a committed team of four vets, five nurses and the support of our three other Northern Tasmanian clinics, you will have access to our custom built facility, including well equipped...

Far West Local Health District
  |  Wilcannia, New South Wales
 - 19 Aug 2017

The successful Registered Nurse will be required to contribute and support the overall multidisciplinary... Recent remote clinical experience or demonstrate a commitment to work as a Registered Nurse in the...

Central Coast Local Health District
  |  Wyong, New South Wales
 - 19 Aug 2017

Purpose of Position. The position of Registered Nurse (RN) exists within the Central Coast LHD... The Registered Nurse will provide a continuum of care to patients who present to the Emergency...

City of Ballarat
  |  Ballarat, Victoria
 - 19 Aug 2017

Superannuation. The Maternal and Child Health (M&CH) Nurse role sits within the early year's services at... You are required to have current registration with AHPRA as a registered nurse and a registered midwife...

Central Coast Local Health District
  |  Wyong, New South Wales
 - 19 Aug 2017

Purpose of Position. The position of Registered Nurse (RN) exists within the Central Coast LHD... The Registered Nurse will provide a continuum of care to patients who present to the Emergency...

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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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  • Hansika July 21, 2017, 5:23 pm | Link

    Hi Mr Bob..I have completed three yrs nursing diploma at school of nursing Colombo Sri Lanka.. I have 3 months experience in neurotrauma icu in national hiapital sri lanka..I like to work in Australia and complete my higher studies there and want to be a registered nurse.. can u plz advise me regarding how to do that in a correct way..

    • BobinOz July 21, 2017, 7:41 pm | Link

      If only I knew how to help you, but I don’t, it’s very complicated. Please click on the link ‘I am a nurse. How can I work in Australia?’ in the above article, that should get you started.

  • Rashid Ahmad July 17, 2017, 3:19 am | Link

    I want nursing job in Australia I have 5 years experience

  • Aswathy May 1, 2017, 4:01 am | Link

    Hi sir
    i am a nurse in india . I am planning to work 2 yrs in lndia.Because I want an experience certificate. Could u please tell me how can I work in Australua after this??

    • BobinOz May 2, 2017, 6:57 pm | Link

      It’s very complicated, that’s why I have a link in the above article to help, you need to click on that for more information. Look for where it says ‘I am a nurse. How can I work in Australia?’

      • Kenneth mutwiri kirimi May 24, 2017, 8:01 am | Link

        hi am Kenneth from Kenya
        …am a nurse two years experience …I wish to work in Australia ..please help

  • Betsheba March 22, 2017, 8:19 pm | Link

    Hi Bob, am a registered nurse from Kenya and I have a 4 months working experience. Could you please help on how I can move to Australia and secure a registered nursing job

    • BobinOz March 23, 2017, 8:19 pm | Link

      All the help I can give is in the above article, you need to click through on the nurses link and look into this for yourself. Your biggest hurdle is to get registered to be able to work as a nurse in Australia, I believe some qualifications gained in certain countries are just not recognised here. That’s why you need to speak to the registration authority about your situation.

  • Aniket March 15, 2017, 10:30 pm | Link

    Hi bob, could you please tell me, i am a dentist and being working for two years as well. I am from india. What is the best way to migrate to australia

    • BobinOz March 16, 2017, 6:15 pm | Link

      Like anybody, to migrate to Australia you would need a visa. If you’re not sure how to proceed, you should really speak to a MARA registered migration agent, they can help. My page about Visas will help you find one.

  • Vijay Kumar Singla March 15, 2017, 8:30 pm | Link

    My son is Mbbs. Living in Mount Waverley. On provisional PR. How can he get job and succeed eventually.

    • BobinOz March 15, 2017, 11:59 pm | Link

      Same as in any country. 1) impress at interview and the land the job 2) work really hard at it, go above and beyond.

      Success will follow.

      I am, of course, assuming that as your son has been given PR, then he is already qualified to work in his profession here in Australia. If he isn’t, then he needs to get registered as soon as possible, the links above will help.

  • Lisa March 14, 2017, 7:33 am | Link

    Hi Bob, I am a registered nurse in the uk, wanting to move to Australia with my husband and 3 children. We have been looking at Queensland and hospitals in that location. We have been finding your website really useful. I was wondering if you know whether it is best to register with Australian nursing council first before applying for skilled migration visa or visa first? Thanks.

    • BobinOz March 14, 2017, 9:32 pm | Link

      Hi Lisa and thanks, glad my website has been useful. I wish I could answer your question, but I don’t really know the correct answer. If it’s possible to register with the Australian nursing council first, that’s probably the best thing to do. It wouldn’t be much fun getting here on some kind of visa and then not getting registered and not being able to work.

      Unfortunately though, I don’t know the best way for you to go, but I would suggest you speak to a MARA registered migration agent for help if you are unsure, they know the rules and they will be able to help you. Good luck, Bob

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