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Nurses… we need you Down Under

Getting to Australia

* Permanent Migration – as a Skilled Migrant
* Temporary Migration – for those who wish to improve their skills or experience
* Working Holiday – for those Registered Nurses 18-30 years old

Why Australia?

Nursing in Australia has its plus points!!Australia has a lot going for it, the climate – the fantastic blue skies, the sunshine, the cold beer, the excellent wine and food, and the white sandy beaches. Life doesn’t get much better!

Australia is  a cultural melting pot – since 1945 more than six million people from across the world have come to Australia to live. Today, more than 20 per cent of Australians are foreign born and more than 40 per cent are of mixed cultural origin No matter what your background you will feel welcome here.

Australia is the sixth largest country in the world. It’s about the same size as the 48 mainland states of the USA and 50 per cent larger than Europe, but has the lowest population density in the world – only two people per square kilometre.

Australia’s coastline stretches almost 50,000 kilometres and is linked by over 10,000 beaches, more than any other country in the world. More than 85 per cent of Australians live within 50 kilometres of the coast, making it an integral part of our laid-back lifestyle.
Nursing – Visas, Immigration and You

Nurses are currently in high demand in Australia. There are excellent career opportunities with permanent and temporary work available in Australia. Most visa applications for nurses receive priority processing.

Whether you have a high level of skills and experience or need to gain additional skills, there is a visa to suit you. There are excellent career opportunities with permanent and temporary work available in Australia. You can be in or outside Australia when you apply for a visa to work as a nurse.

Note: From 1 July 2009 new English language requirements were introduced. – See ‘English Language requirements’ further down.

Permanent and Temporary Visa Options for Nurses

General Skilled Migration

Nurse on the wardNurses may be able to migrate to Australia as an independent skilled migrant or one of the sponsored visas under the General Skilled Migration Program.

There is a serious shortage of Registered Nurses (in all fields) in Australia. As such, the Australian Government has listed Registered Nurses on their “Critical skills shortage list” under the General Sklled Migration Program.

Working Holidays

If you are between 18 and 30, you may be able to come to Australia temporarily for a working holiday. This visa allows you to stay for 12 months and work as a nurse with any one employer for a maximum of six months, provided your work remains incidental to your holidays.
Improving your Skills

Occupational Trainee Visa

For nurses to undertake a supervised, workplace-based training program in Australia. This option is good for training programs of three months or longer.
Business (Short Stay) visa (subclass 456)

This is ideal for nurses to undertake an approved bridging or pre-registration program for less than three months. Nurses who successfully complete the course may be able to apply in Australia for a Business Long Stay visa.
Nurses Sponsored by an Employer

Temporary Business (Long Stay) visa (subclass 457)

This is usually used for registered nurses to work in Australia for an approved business sponsor, for up to four years. Your accompanying family members can work and study in Australia.
Employer Nomination Scheme

Overseas nurses under 45 years of age, with qualifications and work experience as a registered nurse, may be eligible for a permanent visa under this scheme.
Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme

Overseas nurses with qualifications equivalent to an Australian diploma level qualification (two years full-time study) or higher may be eligible for a permanent visa. Under this scheme, nurses will be sponsored by an Australian employer to work and live in regional Australia.
Working in Australia

Skills Assessments/Registration

To work in Australia you must first have your qualifications assessed by the relevant authority and obtain registration with one of the state or territory nursing registration boards.

It is proposed that as of 1 July 2010 the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme will commence, introducing one registration throughout Australia.

A professional migration agent can assist you with detailed and often time consuming process should you require assistance.
English Language Requirements

Nurses must now demonstrate a proficiency in English before their skills assessment or visa can be granted. In other words, you must demonstrate that you meet the English language threshold. This means that you must already have your English language test results before you lodge your application visa.

Proof of English language proficiency is achieved by taking either the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Occupational English Test (OET).
Which English Language Test Should I Sit?

Generally, you will be required to sit the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test to assess your English language ability. Occupational English Test (OET) results may also be provided as evidence of your English language ability.

You are advised to prepare before sitting for either test. Your registered Migration Agent can advise you further.
What is IELTS?

IELTS is a test designed to assess an applicant’s English language ability. It has an academic test and a general training test – applicants for registration as a nurse are required to take the academic test.

IELTS examinations are available worldwide. Information on fees, available test dates and application forms are available on the IELTS website.

See: www.ielts.org
What is OET?

The Occupational English Test (OET) is a language test for overseas qualified health professionals. The Test assesses English language proficiency as it is used in medical and health professions. The OET is administered by the OET Centre seven times a year and in over 40 locations around the world.

The Test measures the language competency of health professionals who are seeking registration and the ability to practise in an English-speaking context. It is designed to ensure that language competency is assessed in a relevant professional context.

See: www.occupationalenglishtest.org
Why use a Migration Agent?

Member of Migration Institute of AustraliaYou cannot work as a Registered Nurse in Australia without first registering with one of the State or Territory Nursing Registration Boards.

A professional Migration Agent can assist you in the Australian nursing registration process, as well as provide professional advice and assistance in your visa application – even if you have had no previous work experience.

In Australia all Migration Agents are required to be registered. This Use a migration Agent to help you get to Australiarequires agents to have a comprehensive knowledge of migration law and practices. Agents are aware of the changing migration environment and as such are able to provide information/ advice that is current.

Migration can be costly and time consuming; the use of a registered agent will ensure that the process meets legislative requirements at the time of application. Your agent will walk you through the process from start to finish.

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  1. Sheila Oman Reply

    When you use the phrase “labor shortage” or “skills shortage” you’re speaking in a sentence fragment. What you actually mean to say is: “There is a labor shortage at the salary level I’m willing to pay.” That statement is the correct phrase; the complete sentence and the intellectually honest statement.

    Employers speak about shortages as though they represent some absolute, readily identifiable lack of desirable services. Price is rarely accorded its proper importance in their discussion.

    If you start raising wages and improving working conditions, and continue doing so, you’ll solve your shortage and will have people lining up around the block to work for you even if you need to have huge piles of steaming manure hand-scooped on a blazing summer afternoon.

    Re: Shortage caused by employees retiring out of the workforce: With the majority of retirement accounts down about 50% or more, most people entering retirement age are working well into their sunset years. So, you won’t be getting a worker shortage anytime soon due to retirees exiting the workforce.

    Okay, fine. Some specialized jobs require training and/or certification, again, the solution is higher wages and improved benefits. People will self-fund their re-education so that they can enter the industry in a work-ready state. The attractive wages, working conditions and career prospects of technology during the 1980’s and 1990’s was a prime example of people’s willingness to self-fund their own career re-education.

    There is never enough of any good or service to satisfy all wants or desires. A buyer, or employer, must give up something to get something. They must pay the market price and forego whatever else he could have for the same price. The forces of supply and demand determine these prices — and the price of a skilled workman is no exception. The buyer can take it or leave it. However, those who choose to leave it (because of lack of funds or personal preference) must not cry shortage. The good is available at the market price. All goods and services are scarce, but scarcity and shortages are by no means synonymous. Scarcity is a regrettable and unavoidable fact.

    Shortages are purely a function of price. The only way in which a shortage has existed, or ever will exist, is in cases where the “going price” has been held below the market-clearing price.

  2. 09/10/01

    Anyone interested in a nursing career in Australia or New Zealand should remember to pick up a copy of the January issue of Australia & New zealand magazine. We’ve got a special supplement on nursing jobs down under

  3. 09/10/05

    Anyone interested in a nursing career in Australia or New Zealand should remember to pick up a copy of the January issue of Australia & New zealand magazine. We’ve got a special supplement on nursing jobs down under

  4. FR Reply

    how does this “working holidays” work? can u please add more info about it? thanks a lot!

  5. Paul Reply

    Why does Australia charge such exhorbitant fees just to be a registered nurse there?

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