Nursing Registration Process for
International Nurses


Overall 7, and 7 in writing, reading, listening, and

speaking. The IELTS scores can be clubbed

together from two sittings, which are

not 6 months apart.


Application Fees – AUD 300. In addition there

are other fees for MCQ, Orientation,

and OSCE.

For more information contact us or visit this website.

Self-assessment to check whether a candidate meets the educational, experience, and English language competencies to register as a RN in Australia.

Orientation Part 1 to be completed online by the candidate.
Stream B candidates – Internationally qualified nurses and midwives (IQNMs) who complete the Self-check and are advised to continue as Stream B candidates will need to pay the IQNM assessment fee and complete Orientation Part 1 before completing the Portfolio stage.

IQNMs with qualifications requiring assessment – IQNMs whose qualification(s) are not available to select from the drop-down options in Self-check will be advised that Aphra needs to assess their qualification. These IQNMs will need to pay the IQNM assessment fee and complete Orientation Part 1 before completing the Portfolio stage. Ahpra will then assess their qualification.

Once Ahpra has assessed the qualification(s), the candidate will be advised of their next steps to either:

  • continue in the IQNM assessment process as a Stream A candidate or a Stream B candidate, or
  • end their participation in the IQNM assessment process and upgrade their qualification if they wish to continue (as per advice provided to IQNMs assigned to Stream C).

The multiple-choice question (MCQ) exam assesses the candidate’s professional knowledge. There are separate exams for internationally qualified nurses and midwives (IQNMs) intending to register in Australia as a registered nurse (RN), enrolled nurse (EN), or midwife:

  • The RN MCQ exam is the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) develops and delivers the NCLEX-RN through Pearson VUE test centres in most countries.
  • The midwifery MCQ exam is developed by the NMBA in conjunction with the Midwifery Council of New Zealand and delivered through Aspeq test centres in most countries


  • The Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) is a clinical exam to assess whether candidates demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competence of a graduate-level nurse or midwife from an Australian NMBA-approved program of study.

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Nursing Jobs in Australia for Foreigners

Nursing is one of the lucrative career opportunities in Australia for Indian nurses. If you are also a nurse looking forward to work in Australia, we can help as we are one of the renowned agencies for nursing jobs in Australia. Let’s have a look at how you can apply for the nursing jobs in Australia for foreigners.

  1. Qualification and experience

For working as a nurse in Australia and for being considered eligible for migration to Australia, you need to meet the registration requirements of Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia- NMBA, and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency- AHPRA.

  • You will need to provide a range of identity proof documents which includes passport, marriage certificate, and a passport-sized photo taken in the last six months.
  • You must get the required score in the International English language testing system- IELTS, OET for nurses, PTE Academic or TOEFL. These tests will examine you for written and spoken communication skills. You only need to pass one of these tests, and results are relevant for two years after the exam.
  • Suppose you are qualified as a nurse in UK, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Ireland, USA, etc.. In that case, you are registered as a first level nurse, and you are likely to meet an equivalent qualification as a nurse qualified in Australia. Nurses from other countries will need an individual assessment to determine whether the board will recognize their qualifications and experience. All applicants need to provide a graduation certificate and a basic transcript.
  • You must provide evidence of having practised as a nurse or midwife in the five years prior to submitting the application. You will need to submit professional references that must meet the following criteria:

 - Be on official letterhead

- Be written by a direct supervisor who is a nurse or midwife.

- Be date.

- Must contain an official signature

  • For nursing jobs in Australia, you will also need to demonstrate that you are fit to practice in Australia. You will have to prove that there are no previous proven disciplinary proceedings against you, and there are no restrictions on you arising from mental or physical incapacity, and there should be no criminal history.

If you fail to fulfil any of the above-mentioned criteria, you may need to undertake a program for improving your skills.

  1. Application for Registration with AHPRA If you have met all the above-mentioned criteria in step 1, it is time to submit the application for registration to the nursing and midwifery board of Australia.

  1. Get a VISA

Once you are registered with AHPRA as a nurse, you need a VISA to be allowed to live and work in Australia. There are different types of VISA’s available. If you are able to get sponsorship by an employer, one of the following VISA will be appropriate:

  • Temporary skill shortage VISA
  • Employer nomination scheme- Permanent VISA
  • Regional sponsored migration scheme- Permanent VISA

If you are looking for nursing jobs in Australia for foreigners, get in touch with us today!

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