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Do you need a Visa for Nursing Jobs in Australia?

To work in Australia as a Nurse, you need to have:

1. Valid visa with work rights.

2. Valid registration with the Australian Nursing Board (AHPRA).

There is a variety of Australian Visas for Nursing Jobs in Australia. We can help you to apply for the right Visa and assist with Australian Nursing Registration. Please note that most nurses who qualified outside Australia must have a degree in nursing.

Contact us today to discuss your application: or call us on 0207 427 5290.

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Visas for Nursing Jobs in Australia


Working in Australia as a Nurse

Australia offers great employment opportunities for Registered Nurses. Suitably qualified and experienced Registered Nurses may apply for an Australian Visa with work rights. These include Working Holiday Visa, Employer Sponsorship or Skilled Migrant visa.

Each Visa comes with different criteria applicants must meet in order to apply for and to be granted the Visa.

Due to popularity o the Skilled Migrant visa and limited places, applicants are advised that their Visa options might be limited. 

To practise in Australia as a Nurse, applicants must be registered with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Board. Most internationally qualified nurses must have a DEGREE IN NURSING in order to register in Australia. Please check your Australian Nursing Registration requirements here:

We have been handling Australian Visa and Nursing registration applications for many years and we are best placed to assist you with your case. Contact us today to discuss your application: or call us on 0207 427 5290.

Nurses in demand in Australia

With Employment in the Australian Health Care sector projected to increase by 25% in the next 5 years, many internationally qualified health practitioners  look 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). 

Whether you are thinking of emigrating to Australia on permanently or moving for a couple of years, you need a Visa with work rights. Depending on your personal circumstances your visa options might include:

  1. Australian Skilled Migrant Visa
  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 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.

Australian Nursing Registration

To work in Australia in a medical/healthcare/nursing profession, you must be registered with the Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). You also must have a suitable visa with work rights. There is only one National Register which means once you have registered you can practice in any State in Australia. The registration process is different from the Visa process and as such there are different requirements applicants must meet.

Australian Nursing Registration applications are time-sensitive and once approved applicants have 3 months to fly to Australia to finalise the registration process. Please note that the registration standards are changing in 2020 and yo can read more about the proposed model here  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 the Visa and registration application for nursing jobs in Australia are to be submitted.

Following changes in the registration requirements back in 2012, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Registration authority requires overseas nurses to have a bachelor level or above nursing qualifications.

Overseas 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 nursing exams in Australia. 


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:

Australian Visa for Nursing Jobs

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.

Which Visa?

Skilled Migration – this Visa is for applicants wishing to settle in Australia on a long term and permanent basis. This visa comes with great benefits, such as full work rights in any job and for any employer in Australia for the main applicant and spouse/partner. Children can attend public schools and you can enrol for Medicare, Australian Healthcare System. You can read more on Skilled Migration here:

Employer Sponsored Visa – this visa is for applicants who would like to move to Australia on temporary basis. You need to have a job offer and sponsorship from eligible Australian sponsor to apply for this visa. You must work for the nominating employer whilst your visa is in force. You can read more on the Employer Sponsored Visa here:

Working Holiday Visa – this visa is for applicants under the age of 31 and from eligible country of passport. This is a 12 months visa, which comes with work rights. The Visa condition prevents applicants from working for any one employer for more than 6 months. More on this visa here:

Emigrate to Australia at Taylor Hampton Solicitors offers assistance to eligible Registered Nurses, Midwifes and healthcare professionals with the visa application process. 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.

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

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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