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Nurses for Australia


When it comes to skilled migration to Australia, nurses are highly sought after. As Australia is experiencing a major shortage of nurses, now is a great time to apply for a skilled migration visa. Here is a brief overview of the requirements nurses must meet before they can move to Australia and start working.

Registration standards

To work as a nurse or midwife in Australia, you must first be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

Applicants for registration must meet standards, including:

  • Continuing professional development.
  • English language skills.
  • Recency of practice.

The NMBA has all the information and forms required for registration applications.

Accreditation requirements

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) is the body that undertakes skills assessments of nurses and midwives to determine whether they are suitable for migration. Even if you successfully pass the ANMAC process, you cannot work as a nurse or midwife in Australia until you have successfully applied to the NMBA for registration.

When applying to ANMAC, you must hold qualifications to practice nursing or midwifery. ANMAC will then review your application and supporting material and determine whether you are suitable for migration, using five assessment standards:

  1. Proof of identity.
  2. English language proficiency.
  3. Educational equivalence.
  4. Professional practice.
  5. Fitness to practice.

If are already registered, you are automatically deemed to have met the standards.

If you are not already registered, you must be able to satisfy each of the standards. If you cannot do so, you will be deemed unsuitable for migration to Australia.

Once you have provided all the information, ANMAC will consider it (this may take up to 12 weeks) and then send you a letter of determination.

If you receive a letter of determination that says you are suitable for skilled migration to Australia, you must include it in your visa application.

It’s important to note that your registration application is a separate process and should be well underway before you make a visa application.

SkillSelect and invitation to apply

If you’re a nurse, applying for a skilled migration visa to work in Australia is a great idea due to the current shortage of qualified nurses. You must apply via the Australian Government’s SkillSelect program. This program looks at the skill shortages in Australia and tries to prioritise applicants with skills and experience to fill identified shortages.

You must lodge an expression of interest via SkillSelect. If your skills match demand, you will be invited to lodge a visa application.

Visa Subclass 189

If you successfully pass through the SkillSelect stage, consider applying for a visa subclass 189. Applicants do not need to be sponsored by an employer or State. This makes the application process far less complicated.

The 189 visa also allows your nominated family members to migrate to Australia with you and allows you to later apply for Australian Citizenship. As there is no maximum time period for the visa, you are allowed to work in Australia indefinitely. Importantly, you also are able to enrol in Medicare, the Australian public health scheme.

If you’re looking at nurse immigration to Australia, the Australian Government will be interested in your skills. The application process is involved and may take some time, but if successful, you will be rewarded with a great lifestyle and good employment opportunities. A skilled migration agent can assist you with all aspects of your visa application process. Contact us now to discuss how we can help you.

  1. Leeanne

    Hi Eugene,


    ‘If are already registered, you are automatically deemed to have met the standards.’

    Can I just confirm that you mean if already registered with the NMBA you are deemed to have met ANMAC’s standards? Do you still need to apply to them?


    • Hi Leeanne,
      You will need a current registration from AHPRA, NCNZ or MCNZ. Please contact us at enquiries@movemigration.com.au to discuss your case. As AHPRA does the registration on behalf of NMBA for internationally qualified nurses, the answer to your question is yes, you are deemed to have met the 5 ANMAC standards. Keep in mind the ANMAC application still needs to be done, and there are other requirements to be demonstrated.

  2. Tom Overton

    Hi Eugene,

    I am a BNURS adult degree registered nurse in which I qualified in September 2015 and I want to apply for the subclass 189 visa. I have been working since September 2015 so I have 4 months experience so far and looking at the points system I score 45 points with my age of 31 giving me 30 points and my degree giving me 15 points. Is there a minimum amount of experience that I need before I apply? And if I was to achieve superior English for an additional 20 points that gives me 65 points in total would that be sufficient to get an invitation?

    Many thanks,


  3. Tom Overton

    Also what order would I need to do things e.g. ANMAC, AHPRA, NMBA and the skillselect.



  4. Tom overton

    Hi Eugene,

    I’ve recently qualified as a degree nurse in Sept 15 and I think I can achieve 65 points with my age, my degree and completing superior English with IELTS. Is there a minimum amount of experience I need to apply for the subclass 189 visa?

    Many thanks,


    • No minimum experience on the face of it. You will need the minimum number of points. Also, it will depend on the further criteria for your skills assessment and the State (if applying for state sponsorship).
      Please order the eligibility assessment to find out about these.

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