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APHRA Registration for Nurses and Midwives

Terms and their meanings

APHRA - The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Aphra) is the national organisation responsible for implementing the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme) across Australia.

NMBA - Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

IQNM- Internationally Qualified Nurses and Midwives

How to apply for AHPRA Registration - STREAM A Applicants

Overseas qualified applicants must meet the registration standards of their health profession which includes the English language skills registration standard and the Criminal history registration standard (including an international criminal history check if you have lived overseas for a period of six consecutive months or more as an adult).

STEP 1 - Complete the self- check

Stream A candidates must first pay the IQNM assessment fee in order to proceed in the IQNM assessment process. Following payment, Stream A candidates must successfully complete the following assessment stage to be eligible to apply for registration: Then  pay the IQNM assessment fee $AUD 640

STEP 2 Orientation part 1

An online learning course providing an introduction to Australia and the Australian healthcare context. All internationally qualified nurses and midwives (IQNMs) who wish to register and work in Australia as a registered nurse, enrolled nurse, or midwife must complete an orientation to the Australian healthcare setting. There are two parts to the orientation. Orientation Part 1 must be completed before registration and Part 2 must be completed after registration. Candidates must complete Orientation Part 1 within 90 days from creating their account after completing Self-check in order to progress to apply for registration. 

STEP 3- Document Checklist 

 Evidence of Identity

Change of name if applicable

Academic qualifications

Registration History 

Work History 

Criminal History if applicable 

English Language Skills 

a. IELTS : the IELTS (academic module) with a minimum overall score of 7 and a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking). 

b.OET : with a minimum score of B in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking). 

c. The PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

d.The TOEFL iBT with a minimum total score of 94 and the following minimum score in each section of the test:

o24 for listening, 24 for reading, 27 for writing, and 23 for speaking. More information see https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Registration-Standards/English-language-skills.aspx

Impairment Details if applicable

Current suspension or cancellation if applicable 

Previous cancellation if applicable

Previous cancellation if applicable

Disqualification details if applicable 

Conduct, performance or health proceeding details if applicable 

Important Accreditation requirement- Your university or education provider to provide evidence that, at the time you completed the course of study, the education provider was subject to an external accreditation process that ensures that the standards and quality of the education it provides to students is monitored, assessed and evaluated. 

Certifying documents for APHRA 

You will be required to provide certified copies of original documents in support of an application for registration, endorsement or for other purposes required by the National Law. The application form will outline which documents must be certified.

A 'certified copy' of an original document is a copy that has been verified as being a true copy of an original document. This is done by a person who is authorised to certify copies of original documents.

Who can certify documents? 

Notary public

Justice of the peace

Australian Consular Officer or Australian Diplomatic Officer 

Employee of the Commonwealth or the Australian Trade Commission who works outside Australia.

An Authorised Officer should do the following in the presence of the applicant:

inspect the original document to ensure that it is an original document.

inspect the copy to ensure it is identical to the original document.

write or stamp (if relevant) the copy with the words, 'I have sighted the original document and certify this to be a true copy of the original' on the first page.

write or stamp (if relevant) the photograph on photographic documentation (e.g. license, passport, etc.) with the words 'I certify that this is a true copy of the original and the photograph is a true likeness of the person presenting the document as sighted by me;' sign and date the copy;

write or stamp (if relevant) the copy with:

your full name

your occupation or profession (including your occupation or profession number, if relevant) and

your phone number.

Certified documents must:

be signed by the Authorised Officer

on documents with more than one page, be initialed on every page and all pages numbered (i.e. page 2 of 5)

be annotated on the first page with the words 'I have sighted the original document and certify this to be a true copy of the original', and

list the name, date of certification, contact phone number and occupation or profession (including occupation or profession number, if relevant) and have the stamp or seal of the Authorised Officer (if relevant).

Any documents containing a photograph must be annotated by the Authorised Officer with the statement, 'I certify that this is a true copy of the original and the photograph is a true likeness of the person presenting the document as sighted by me.'


Professional Connections has summarized the steps from the AHPRA site. We expect you to read the web site, we do not take responsibility for these instructions. 

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