Nursing Careers Australia

Work & Study as a Nurse in Australia

3 Pathways to Nurse Registration


Become a Nurse in 16 weeks









RN Bridging Course

You are a Nurse with 7 IELTS in all modules and BSc and want to work and live in Australia permanently.

Certificate III / Registered Nurse

You are a Nurse with 6.0 IELTS in all modules and either a BSc or Diploma and want to work and live in Australia permanently.

Why Work and Study as a Nurse in Australia

  • Australian Nurses are paid very highly, $65,000-$90,000/year
  • The Australian Government has estimated Australia may be short of 115,000 Registered Nurses annually in the next 5-10 years.
  • The United Nations in 2014 ranked Australia second in the world for the third year, as the best place to live due to:
    • Life expectancy the second highest in the world
    • A Government funded health insurance scheme
    • High quality, affordable, and inclusive education system
    • High family incomes
    • 90% of people say they are satisfied with their housing
    • 46% of the population are either born overseas or have a parent born overseas
    • A tolerant, successful and peaceful multicultural society.
  • Australia retained its place as the world’s “Happiest” industrialised nation for the third year running according to an OECD survey.
  • Australia is the 3rd most popular student destination in the world. Australia has world class 39 Universities, and 60 Vocational institutions.


Assessment of International Qualified Nurses

Do you help Nurses from all countries?
  • Yes! We assist Nurses from all over the world to come to Australia.
  • We have previously assisted Nurses from UK, USA, Canada, India, Philippines, Nigeria, Zimbabwe among others!
  • If your dream is to work as a Nurse in Australia we can help you!
If I want to work as a Nurse in Australia what are the first steps?
  • The very first step required to work as a Nurse in Australia is to sit for IELTS or OET test.
  • There are a number of different pathways that you can enter into Nursing in Australia but each one will depend on
    • your IELTS or OET score as well as
    • the level of education you have had in your home country.
  • Once you have your IELTS or OET results please let us know what they are so we can help choose the pathway that best suits you!
I want to work in Australia as a Registered Nurse?

  • Have successfully completed an accredited Bachelor in Nursing course that is assessed as substantially equivalent to the Australian Bachelor in Nursing. (as defined in the Australia Qualification Framework (AQF) Level 7.
  • Achieved English language proficiency in IELTS 7.0 or OET B
    • Academic,
    • All modules, (listening, reading, speaking, writing)
    • In one test,
    • No older than 2 years at the time of application   
  • Be approved for registration by the Nurses and Midwives Board of Australia (NMBA) and the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority (AHPRA).
  • Receive approval from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), for either a work visa or Permanent Residence.
Why a Diploma is no longer assessed substantially equivalent to an Australian Bachelor’s degree AQF Level 7.
  • A Diploma is assessed as AQF Level 5.
  • In the past, work experience has been included as part of the assessment.
  • It is no longer possible to consider work experience as a factor in assessing your educational qualification, irrespective of where the Diploma was undertaken.
  • There are no exceptions to this requirement.
Why is IELTS 7.0 Required?
  • The English language skills registration standard intends to make sure that all enrolled nurses, registered nurses and midwives in Australia can communicate effectively in English – by listening, reading, speaking and in writing – with:
    • Their clients, and 
    • Other health professionals about the care of their clients.
  • All other health professions in Australia have a minimum of IELTS 7.0.
What is IELTS?
  • IELTS is the International English Language Testing System which tests English proficiency across the globe. 
  • Conducting 2 million tests in the past year, IELTS is the world’s most popular high stakes English-language test for study, work and migration.
  • More information on this can be found here:
  • IELTS results must be obtained in the one sitting and be taken within the last 2 years prior to applying for registration.
What about OET? Is that also accepted?
  • Yes, the Occupational English Test (OET) is the only other accepted evidence for proof of meeting English Language requirements.
  • You will need to discuss your OET results with us so that we can help to find you the pathway that best suits you.
  • Further information can be found here:
Are there any exceptions to the English Requirement?
  • The countries where an exception to the English skills requirement may be granted are:
    • Australia 
    • Canada 
    • New Zealand 
    • the Republic of Ireland 
    • South Africa 
    • United Kingdom 
    • United States of America.
  • If you can show that you have completed five years’ full-time equivalent education comprising;
    • a minimum of two years’ full-time equivalent in a pre-registration nursing program of study approved by the recognised nursing and/or midwifery regulatory body
    • a combination of secondary and/or vocational and/or tertiary education,
    • taught and assessed in English,
  • No other exceptions are permitted.

Alternative Pathways to Australian Registered Nurse

The pathway you take depends on two key criteria
  • Nursing Education level ( as assessed against AQF)
  • English Language Score (IELTS or OET)
RN Bridging Program (12 weeks)
  • Bachelor’s Degree equivalent to AQF Level 7
  • English Language test score ILETS 7.0/OET B (all modules)
Enrolled Nurse/Registered Nurse Program
  • High school level 12/ Diploma of Nursing/ Bachelor’s degree in Nursing
  • English Language test score ILETS 6.5/OET B (all modules)
Certificate 111/ Enrolled Nurse/Registered Nurse Program
  • High school level 12/ Diploma of Nursing/ Bachelor’s degree in Nursing
  • English Language test score IELTS 6.0/OET B (all modules)
What are the alternatives to a Bridging program?
  • Applicants who do not qualify to undertake a bridging program can upgrade their current registered nursing qualification to a Bachelor degree qualification (assessed at AQF level 7) either:
    • In Australia or
    • Overseas.
  • If you upgrade your qualification outside Australia you must make sure that the country you are upgrading in meets the accreditation requirements of Australia.
Why would it be better to upgrade my qualifications to AQF Level 7 in Australia, rather than overseas, where it may be cheaper.
  • It is unlikely that a qualification studied in countries other than Australia, will be assessed as being equivalent to an Australian Bachelor in Nursing,(AQF) Level 7.
  • The exception to this is nursing studies undertaken in the following countries:
    • Canada 
    • New Zealand 
    • the Republic of Ireland 
    • South Africa 
    • United Kingdom
    • USA
  • if you study in Australia on a student visa you can work up to 1400 hours annually and earn up to $30,000 which will make a significant contribution to your cost of studying in Australia
  • if you do not have a current IELTS 7.0, you are more likely to achieve this by immersing yourself in the English speaking culture of Australia where you are forced to improve your English.
  • Most education institutions offer English tuition as part of the student visa study. Program.
  • After you have studied in an Australian University for 2 years you can apply for a 18 month Graduate work visa (subclass 485) without a sponsor.
What are the benefits of a Graduate work visa (subclass 485)?
  • A Graduate work visa allows you to:
    • Extend your stay in Australia for 18 months
    • You and your family have;
      • Unrestricted work rights in Australia.
      • Unrestricted travel.
      • Unrestricted study.
    • Provide valuable work experience in your occupation
    • Improve your eligibility for Permanent Residency.
    • Earn additional income.
    • There is no restriction on working hours or occupation
    • You do not require an employer or sponsor
What are the conditions of a Graduate work visa (subclass 485)?
  • After you have studied in an Australian University for 2 years you can apply for a 18 month Graduate work visa (subclass 485) without a sponsor.
  • An Australian Bachelors, Masters or Doctorate Degree completed in last 6 months
  • Consult our Registered Migration Agents for advice on all requirements and on how to apply

Louise Sheehy, Nurse Educator

Who we are?

Our team has facilitated Australian Registration and employment for over 500 overseas Nurses whose family income is now an average of $90,000 per year in Australia.
These Registered Nurses have built a career with employers who have sponsored them and improved their skills
They have purchased their dream homes, educated their children in Australian schools and Universities and enjoy a lifestyle they never imagined possible in their home countries.

Allan Pitman, CEO

our skilled & professional team


Australia has been revealed as the world’s happiest industrialized nation, taking the title for the fourth year running! The so called lucky country beat Norway, and Sweden to take the top spot in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s ( OECD). Better Life Index London (CNN). We can help you and your family work and live in the so called Lucky Country, like most things however it takes more than luck to turn your dream into reality. It takes knowledge, professional expertise, and experience with Australia’s immigration law and policy, and a 99% track record of lodging visas. We have all this, and can help you build your Career and change your life by migrating to Australia.

About Us

Nursing Careers Australia (registered 26 October 2013 with ASIC) is a Registered Business name of Australian Educators Pty Ltd, ABN 73 164 534 141 a specialist education consultancy registered 28 June 2013 with ASIC.
We offer education and career advice, enrolment, relocation, and accommodation services to our clients.
All education advice and enrolment in relation to approved and accredited CRICOS registered education courses within Australia.
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