Australia is one of the most peaceful countries where the population, the economy and the opportunities are growing quickly. Many people say that Australia seems like the USA 50 years ago where it is full of enthusiasm and opportunity. In fact, Australia’s healthcare system has been ranked among the best in the developed world by a team of American researchers. This surely makes Australia as the best place to perform medical jobs. No wonder many medical staff, especially nurses are looking for a way to work in Australia. If you want to be a nurse in Australia, there are so many paths that you can choose.
The pathway will depend on several things, such as:
- The country where you undertook your nursing education
- The nursing college/university you attended
- Your nursing qualifications and experience
- Your access to funds and/or educational loans
If you have some nursing education and registration from a small number of countries and colleges, do not hesitate to include it in your resume. In fact, it is good idea to put it in your resume to reinforce your identity, nursing education and degrees and your nursing experience.
To equalize the education, Australian authorities will require nurses from other countries to undertake accredited Competency assessment courses in Australia. These courses must be conducted in Australian hospitals and it will take 8 weeks to 3 years to complete. These courses are usually conducted by universities, but some are accredited by nursing boards who also conduct accredited courses.
You will also be asked to submit your application for registration to the appropriate State Nurse’s Board. If your application is accepted, you will be enrolled to the appropriate competency assessment course. The entire process can take from 3 months to 18 months. If the agency accepts you into the program, you would normally be registered as a nurse in Australia within 6 months.
Once you are registered, you can prepare your working visa and you can ask your nursing agency to find you an employer who is willing to sponsor you for a 4-year working visa in Australia. Bear in mind that you should have at least a registration with a State Nursing Board, an employer who will sponsor you for 4 years and a working visa unless you cannot work in Australia as a nurse. You can apply for a permanent residence after 2 years on a working visa.
So, are you ready to move to Australia? Make sure you can complete all the requirements above and get ready to live your dream.