Australia has become one of the most highly sought after destinations for people from all over the world who looking for overseas nursing jobs. The relaxed lifestyle, multi-cultural tolerant environment, and flexible trade laws make it relatively easy for nurses from most regions of the world to visit Australia, safely travel around the country and work to finance their stay at the same time.

We understand that seeking employment can be a daunting task. Here at Start Nursing Services, we endeavour to make the process as easy as possible by taking a highly personalised approach that takes the stress out of finding suitable and rewarding position.We apply a high level of quality control with all of our Australian nursing jobs to ensure that Start Nursing Services continues to be the premier provider of jobs for nurses.
If you are an internationally qualified nurse or midwife and are interested in working in Australia, it is important you review the important information about immigration to Australia,registration and employment as a nurse or midwife in Australia.

To work as a nurse or midwife in Australia, you need to apply for and be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). You may also need to apply for a visa issued by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (Australian Immigration Department).These two application processes are entirely separate and success in one does not automatically guarantee success in the other.Applicants who have the legal authority to practise as a nurse or midwife in New Zealand are subject to certain entitlements under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997 and should apply for registration with the National Board.

Recommended pathway to employment in Australia for internationally qualified nurses and midwives

  1. Assess your ability to meet the registration requirements
  2. Assess your ability to meet the immigration requirements
  3. Fill in application form and provide all documentation to AHPRA
  4. NMBA will assess whether you meet the requirements for registration
  1. Receive registration
  2. Apply for immigration to Australia
  3. Obtain employment
  4. Emigrate to Australia
  5. Begin working

Meeting the registration requirements

Internationally qualified nurses and midwives who apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) are assessed against the NMBA registration standards and the qualification criteria of the assessment model.

Registration standards define the requirements that applicants must meet to be considered fit to practise as nurses and midwives. The NMBA has approved the following registration standards for those seeking initial registration:
  • Criminal History
  • English Language Skills
  • Recent Practice
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance Arrangements
Qualification criteria define the minimum acceptable education and training that international applicants must have undertaken. These criteria are different for registered nurses, midwives and enrolled nurses.

If you're looking for a permanent position, you can talk to us. We have a variety of positions available across all nursing specialties that may suit what you're looking for. Whether you would like to work in major cities, regional or rural areas, one of our dedicated consultants can contact you and discuss these opportunities that might suit you and your skills. Positions are available in leading private and public hospitals, aged care facilities and rehabilitation centres.