If you are considering expanding your horizons or making a change to your lifestyle by applying for Australian nursing jobs there are several things you must do to ensure you can fulfil this goal. To practice as a registered nurse in Australia you must register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), this implies that you have already completed initial nurse training such as an undergraduate degree which is on par with Australian university training.
There are a range of visas you can apply for if you are looking at Australian nursing jobs. The most popular ones for nurses are the working holiday visas which lasts one year and Temporary Business Sponsorships which lasts four years. The Temporary Business Sponsorship program is where employers sponsor accepted skilled workers to work on a temporary visa. You can also apply for permanent residency. To be eligible for the nursing jobs you must also be in excellent health. You may be required to undergo medical examinations, chest x-rays and blood tests to ensure you are healthy. Because English is the main language used in the healthcare settings, it is important to ensure that your standard of English is high so you will also have to meet English proficiency requirements to obtain your nursing registration. The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, specifies that registration applicants must obtain the required pass marks in either the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Occupational English Test (OET).
Nursing in Australia was previously not nationalised meaning that each state and territory had their own boards with criteria and regulations you had to meet if you wanted to work in another state. It is very different in each state or territory; some required you to go through assessments of competence, depending on your qualifications and others did not. Moving around the country as a nurse was a difficult process. However due to the recent nationalisation of the nursing registration process, you now only have to apply to one Board and this process is managed by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). You have to pass the standards and accreditation requirements they have set to become registered as a nurse or midwife. It also provides the skills assessments of internationally qualified nurses and midwives seeking permanent migration. It is vitally important that you check your eligibility as a nurse or midwife before you apply for a visa so you are not held back by problems.