Nursing in Australia for Overseas Nurses: Steps

  • IELTS Academic grade 7
  • Australian Nursing Registration with AHPRA
  • Skill Assessment with ANMAC
  • Bridging Course for the recognition of the degree
  • Direct Employment through sponsorship or skilled visa request

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Overseas Nurses : RN Pathway - OBA Program

Pathway for Overseas Nurses who have a BSc in Nursing & want to work & live in Australia

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Become An Australian Registered Nurse

In order to work as a Nurse or Midwife in Australia, you must apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) is the body that assesses all applications for registration from internationally qualified Nurses and Midwives on behalf of the NMBA.


What is the eligibility criteria for Overseas Registered Nurses (RNs) ? 

   1. Qualification : B.Sc. / Post B.Sc. / M.Sc. in Nursing / GDN
   2. Work Experience : Minimum of 3 months as a Registered Nurse in the last five years.
   3. English Language Requirements Any one of the below tests is acceptable.
      • IELTS score of overall and Individual 7
      • OET score of overall and Individual B
      • PTE 65 points
      • TOEFL with a minimum total score of 94
This pathway allows you to apply to Australia’s Nursing Board (NMBA) for an assessment of your Nursing Education.


Working as a Nurse in Australia

If you hold a Bachelor-level qualification from this list of countries, you are likely to be recognised by AHPRA:
      • Canada (nursing)
      • Hong Kong (nursing)
      • Republic of Ireland (nursing and midwife)
      • United Kingdom (nursing and midwifery)
      • United States of America (nursing and midwifery)

And if you have a qualification from the following countries, it may be recognised by AHPRA:

      • Belgium Flanders (nursing and midwifery)
      • Chile (nursing)
      • Hong Kong (midwifery)
      • Pakistan (nursing and midwifery)
      • Papua New Guinea (nursing)
      • Singapore (nursing and midwifery)

Outcome-Based Assessment (OBA)

The NMBA transitioned to an outcomes-based assessment (OBA) system for internationally qualified nurses and midwives (IQNMs) who hold an international nursing qualification that is relevant to but not substantially equivalent to or based on similar competencies to an Australian approved qualification. The IQNMs also need to demonstrate that they meet the mandatory registration standards.

The new model of assessment includes:

      • the online Self-check for all IQNMs
      • an orientation program for all IQNMs who are advised to continue with the assessment process, and
      • an OBA for some IQNMs




The online Self-check does not incur any fees. Upon completion of the Self-check, IQNMs who are advised to proceed with the IQNM process need to pay a non-refundable assessment fee of AUD 640. AHPRA utilises this fee in checking IQNM documentation provided and for the orientation.



OBA Process

Outcomes-Based Assessment (OBA) is a two-stage assessment process:

      • Stage one – It is a cognitive assessment consisting of computer-based multiple-choice question exam (MCQ) and an objective structured clinical exam. This stage must be complete before IQNMs can move to the second stage of the assessment.
      • Stage two – Assessed in the form of an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE), it is a behavioral evaluation of IQNM’s knowledge, skills and competence as an equivalence of a graduate-level Australian nurse or midwife.

Cost & location for the MCQ exam

Delivered at dedicated test centres, the MCQ is a computer-based examination. IQNMs seeking registration as either a registered nurse, enrolled nurse or midwife will have separate exams. An IQNM must be referred by AHPRA to sit the MCQ exams.

Registered Nurses need to sit the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). The NCLEX-RN registration fee is USD 200, plus an additional international scheduling fee of USD 150 (in total USD 350). The test is administered through Pearson VUE test centres by the National Council State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).



Cost & location for the OSCE exam

IQNMs must pass the MCQ exam before they can attempt the OSCE. The OSCE exam, which is managed by AHPRA, is delivered at the Adelaide Health Simulation in Adelaide, South Australia. The fee for sitting the OSCE test is AUD 4,000.



Preparation Class & program Structure:

Adelaide Health Simulation, the NMBA or AHPRA do not provide OSCE preparatory courses. However, we have few providers offering this course for your full preparation of NCLEX and OSCE examination. We have intakes starting every month, so you can start preparing yourself at your preferred time. This preparation class will help you build your confidence with the NCLEX strategies and strengthen your critical thinking skills with online interactive sessions.

The preparatory course duration is 12 – 13 weeks and the schedule is provided below:

Module I – NCLEX-RN Preparation 8-10 weeks (Online Classes)
Module II- OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination)
3 weeks (Blend of Online and face to face)

Preparation Course Fees:
The cost of the preparation class is AUD 5,500.

Learning Objectives:
After the completion of this program, the students will be able to:

      1. Develop an in-depth understanding of the Australian healthcare system.
      2. Analyse the roles and functions of registered nurses in the Australian healthcare context.
      3. Develop an understanding of the NMBA (Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia) standards of practice and code of ethics for registered nurses.
      4. Build competencies in delivering culturally safe care to ethnic groups in Australia.
      5. Review common disease conditions and nursing care plans.
      6. Develop skills in performing procedures in the OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination).

Australia is one of the world’s top destinations when it comes to working abroad. The laid-back lifestyle and year-round good weather attract healthcare professionals from many countries around the globe.

If you like the sound of working in Australia, Emanate Resourcing can help. Our team is on hand at every step of the process from supporting you with your registration to helping you settle in and work in Australia.

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Overseas Nurses : Right to Work Visa & Work Permit

RN can choose variety of Australian Visa, including Working Holiday Visa, Employer Sponsorship to PR.

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Australian Visa For Nurse

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)), which allows eligible applicants to apply for Visas for Nursing Jobs in Australia.

Australia offers great employment opportunities for Registered Nurses and Midwives, who can choose from a variety of Australian Visa, including Working Holiday Visa, Employer Sponsorship to Permanent Residency Visa.

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:


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 & Rehabilitation)
      • Registered Nurse (Medical)
      • Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)
      • Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
      • Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
      • Registered Nurse (Surgical)
      • Registered Nurse (Pediatrics)
      • 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 ? Australian Visa Application for Registered Nurses (Nurse Visa Australia)

The following are a range of visas that Registered Nurses may apply for immigration to Australia:


1. Skilled Migration–

This Visa is for applicants wishing to settle in Australia on 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.

⇒ 189 Skilled Independent Visa

The visa (subclass 189) is a permanent residence visa for points-tested skilled workers who want to work and live in Australia, and would like to apply for permanent residency independently. Due to the limited places allocated to this subclass by the government and also the competition of the applicants, it is nowadays requiring the applicants to have significantly high scores in the Points to be able to receive an invitation.

⇒ 190 Skilled Nominated Visa

The visa (subclass 190) is a permanent residence visa for points-tested skilled workers who want to work and live in Australia. The applicant needs to be nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency. In Australia, nurses are in demand in Australia and there are no sign of slowing down, especial during and post the global pandemic of Covid-19. Skilled registered nurses may be able to apply to Australian state for a nomination if the occupation is on the state occupation list.

⇒ 491 Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa

The visa (subclass 491) is a provisional residence visa for points-tested skilled workers who want to work and live in Australia. The applicant needs to be nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency, or sponsored by an eligible relative. The holders of this visa can subsequently apply for subclass 191 Skilled Regional (Permanent) visa after required conditions have been met.


2. Employer Sponsored Visa –

This visa is for applicants who would like to move to Australia based on a job offer and sponsorship from en eligible Australian sponsor. You must work for the nominating employer whilst your visa is in force.

⇒ 482 Temporary Skill Shortage – Medium Term Stream

TSS visa (482 visa) is a temporary visa allowing approved business sponsor to hire overseas workers, whose nominated occupation is on the approved occupation lists. For registered nurses occupations, the visa validity period can be up to 4 years. The visa can be renewed subject to the relevant criteria being satisfied. Sponsored nurses can may further apply for 186 Employer Nomination Scheme Visa (permanent residency) when the relevant criteria have been satisfied.

⇒ 186 Employer Nomination Scheme Visa

The Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186) is for skilled workers who want to work in Australia and to apply for Permanent Residency through the employment opportunity. This visa involves a two-step process, firstly, nomination by an approved Australian employer and then an application under the nominated stream. It is part of the Permanent Employer Sponsored Visa program. Sponsored nurses may be able to apply for permanent residency through this option directly provided the employers are willing to support.


3. Working Holiday Visa –

⇒ 417 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.

Our team of specialised migration specialist offers assistance to eligible Registered Nurses, Midwifes and healthcare professionals with the visa application process from start to finish which allows us to provide our clients with the very best advice and assistance throughout the application process. This enables a smooth pathway to achieve your dream of living and working in Australia.

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We will assist Overseas Nurses Live & Work in Australia

Emanate is a leading Nurses Recruitment agency, specializing in supporting Overseas trained Nurses move & practice in Australia. We work with many of the leading healthcare organizations in Australia &  will assist with every stage of the process. Be rest assured that your needs will be met & moving internationally will be as hassle-free as possible.


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We believe in keeping things simple and are experts at providing friendly, professional support. We think you’ll find Emanate Resourcing a great resource for helping you move to Australia.

Get in touch with one of our international medical recruitment specialists today. Whether you’re only thinking about moving or actively applying for Nurses Jobs in Australia, we can assist you with every part of your journey.


We’ll Connect You with Nurses Jobs in Australia

We work with many of the leading practices in Australia. We’ve developed great relationships with these practices. Throughout the process, we’ll provide you with practical advice specifically tailored to your individual circumstances. So, you’ll always feel supported during the crucial transition period.

AMC / AHPRA Applications Assistance

It can be confusing dealing with an unfamiliar overseas administrative system. We will organise your AMC registration and other necessary documentation. Simply give your documents to our local recruiter and we will take care of the rest..


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Frequently Asked Questions

Does it cost me to use Emanate Resourcing Recruitment Services?

We do not charge fees to Nurses seeking Employment opportunities.
As your Nurses Recruitment firm, we provide you with all of the advice and support you need free of charge.
We do charge a placement fee to medical centres when we fill positions.

There are loads of Medical Recruitment agencies—what makes Emanate Recruitment different?

Emanate Recruitment is different in many ways, including but not limited to the following:

  • We have doctors as founders & Board members to provide overall operational guidance.
  • We are part of a Health Group who own a growing Medical Practice network across Australia
  • We have tied up with Immigration Law Firm for regulatory guidance.
  • We specialise in Nurses Recruitment
What do you do with my CV & Other Documents-Information?

If you submit your CV & other Documents to us it will be reviewed by one of our recruitment specialists. Following that, it will be securely stored until needed as part of an application process.
We will not share your CV without your approval.
We will not sell your information to third parties.
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I don’t see any positions that are right for me. Can you find me a different position?

Yes, we can!
If you are looking at moving to specific area, or want a certain lifestyle we can find you a position that we haven’t actually listed on our Jobs Board. All you need to do is tell us what you are after.
Department of Health restrictions may apply.


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We will Schedule a phone consultation with a Medical recruiter to understand your professional background, your interests, concerns and what you’re looking for in your next job.


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Our team will then compile a list of open jobs in our extensive network that matches your intrest & skill set. We have a wide network of Healthcare Organization in our Database & Partnered with many to fulfill ongoing demands.


Hiring Process

Sharing specific opportunities with you to evaluate and determine what is of interest. Once a job that is of interest is identified, Emanate Resourcing will then submit your information to the hiring manager & coordinate next steps (i.e. interview, contract negotiation, licensing, credentialing & more).

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We are always looking assist Nurses connect with prospective employers and if you can help us find them, we will reward you with cash! All you need to do is introduce them to us.

When they take a Permanent or Locum position, we will reward you. There are no catches, secrets or complicated rules. It’s that simple!

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