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Visas for Nursing Jobs in Australia

There is a growing demand for nursing and midwifery workforce in Australia. With Employment in the Australian Health Care sector projected to increase by 25% in the next 5 years by May 2022, there has never been a better time to Emigrate to Australia as a Nurse or Midwife. Nursing & Midwifery occupations currently appear on the Australian Skilled Occupation List (Medium and Long‑term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and Short‑term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)), which allows eligible applicants to apply for Visas for Nursing Jobs in Australia.

Whether you are thinking of emigrating to Australia on permanent basis or moving for a couple of years, you need an Australian Visa with work rights. Depending on your personal circumstances you may apply for:

  1. Australian Skilled Migration
  2. Employer Sponsored Visa
  3. Working Holiday Visa 
  4. Other Visa with work rights

Each visa has different eligibility criteria and requirements. Contact us to discuss which visa is best for you and how we can help with your application:  or simply call on 0207 427 5290.

Nursing jobs in Australia

Australia offers great opportunities for experienced and suitably qualified nursing and healthcare professionals from paediatrics to critical care. The range of roles is huge because of the vastness of the country, its climate, geography and population spread. Yet the culture shock is softened by the similarities in the structure and healthcare practices.
There are around 330,000 nurses working in Australia. Two thirds of nurses are employed in the public sector. Shifts are similar to the UK and are between 8 and 12 hours. Holidays are between 4 and 5 weeks per year. Patient-nurse ratios vary but are between 4:1 and 6:1. Please note that salaries, conditions, hours and patient ratios vary across the country. Like any other employer, Australian employers may have different requirements for nursing jobs in Australia in relation to required years of work experience and/or qualifications or a specific set of skills.
Average weekly earnings for Registered Nurses are AUD$1344 and average weekly hours are 34.6 (Source: Australian Government Job Outlook). Jobs and salaries differ across the country. Salaries might be higher in big metropolitan cities and lower in less popular regional areas.

Visa and registration

To practice as a Nurse or Midwife in Australia, you need to be registered with the relevant registration authority, that is the Australia Nursing and Midwifery Board/AHPRA).

To work in Australia in a medical/healthcare professional occupation or nursing jobs, you must be registered with the Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. You also must have a suitable visa with work rights. There is only one National Register which means once you register you can practice in any State in Australia. The registration process is different from the visa process and as such there are different requirements and criteria the applicants must meet. You need to ensure you meet the relevant criteria before you start the application process. You may need to contact education providers and registration bodies in all countries where you studied and have been registered. Registration applications are time-sensitive and once approved applicants are given limited time to travel to Australia. With different visas having different processing times (and most requiring applicants to enter Australia within a specified period) it is worth considering the order in which visa and registration applications for nursing jobs in Australia are to be lodged.

Generally, to apply for registration, you need to have met the eight registration criteria such as a Bachelor degree in nursing or/and midwifery and at least 3 months of post-registration work experience. Following changes in the registration requirements, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Registration authority advises that nurses with qualifications below a Bachelor Degree level and/or with qualifications from the below listed countries are unlikely to meet the eligibility criteria required to enter the Australian Nursing Register:

Albania Jordan
 Austria  Kenya
 Barbados  Lithuania
 Belgium (Walloon Region)  Malaysia
 Bosnia  Mauritius
 Brazil  Namibia
 Bulgaria  Nepal
 Cambodia  Netherlands
 Chile  Nigeria
 China  Norway
 Colombia  Palestinian Territory, Occupied
 Denmark  Philippines
 Estonia Poland
Fiji  Portugal
 Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia  Romania
 France  Saudi Arabia
 Germany  Serbia
 Ghana  Slovenia
 Greece  South Africa
 India  South Korea
 Iran  Spain
 Iraq  Sri Lanka
 Israel  Swaziland
 Italy  Switzerland
 Japan  Sweden

Prospective applicants with qualifications from the above countries may consider upgrading their nursing qualifications or opting to complete a Board-approved nursing bridging program in Australia. It is advisable to carry out a research into the cost of completing further studies in or outside Australia as course fees may vary significantly.

Applicants with qualifications in Paediatrics, Mental Health or Disability which are below a Degree level and from recognised countries, may be eligible to apply, please contact us for further details and how we can help with the application:

Nurses and midwives are currently listed on the List of Occupations for the purpose of the Australian General Migration and Employer Sponsored visa applications .

The current Australian Skilled List include the following nursing and midwifery occupations:

  • Nursing Clinical Director
  • Midwife
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
  • Registered Nurse (Child And Family Health)
  • Registered Nurse (Community Health)
  • Registered Nurse (Critical Care And Emergency)
  • Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)
  • Registered Nurse (Disability And Rehabilitation)
  • Registered Nurse (Medical)
  • Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)
  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
  • Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
  • Registered Nurse (Surgical)
  • Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)
  • Registered Nurses (Nec)
  • Nurse Educator (*STSO List)
  • Nurse Researcher (*STSO List)
  • Nurse Manager (*STSOL List)
  • Enrolled Nurse (*STSOL List – Employer sponsored visa only)

You must check your visa eligibility and specific Australian visa criteria before you apply.

More on Nurses working abroad in our interview with RCN Bulletin:

Emigrate to Australia at Taylor Hampton Solicitors offers assistance to eligible Registered Nurses, Midwifes and healthcare professionals with the entire visa process and the Australian nursing registration. We have over a decade of hands-on experience in handling nursing and Midwifery applications from start to finish give which allows us to provide our clients the very best advice and assistance throughout their application process.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Australian visa and registration process and how we can help, please complete the form on the right, email us:  or simply call our London office on 020 7427 5290.

Emigrate to Australia is part of Taylor Hampton Solicitors, a SRA regulated law firm based in the UK. We are not part of the Australian Immigration and Border Protection Department. We offer visa advice and assistance with the Australian visa application process.

Apply as a nurse to go to Australia

If you are a UK registered nurse interested in making the move to Australia and you need help and advice with the visa process and or assistance with the Australian nursing registration (AHPRA) please complete the form below and we will contact you shortly.

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