Australia: Applying and the Process
I want to work in Australia, how do I apply?
A candidate can make their initial inquiry by sending their resume/CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
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You should commence the process by registering with the nursing and midwifery board of Australia. Professional Connections can provide advice on the process.
Am I eligible to register in Australia and apply for a job through Professional Connections?
If you have a Degree in Nursing or Midwifery you are eligible to license with APHRA. We are seeking at least one year of work experience for nurses wishing to travel on a working holiday visa and two years post graduate experience in the ward/specialty area you are applying for if you wish to travel on a TSS 482 visa or PR visa.
I am not sure whether I want to apply or not, can I have information first?
Yes, much of the information you require is on this website. You can also call us and we are happy to answer your questions as well as discuss plausible options that fit within your skills and experience. Also see our news page for the times of our weekly drop in Sessions which are held on TEAMS.
How will Professional Connections assist me?
- We advise each candidate on a number of nursing vacancies. These vacancies are specific to each application and are discussed in detail to enable you to decide which one(s) to apply for.
- We liaise between the chosen hospital and the candidate as soon as information from the hospitals becomes available. Throughout the entire process the candidate is updated and informed of any and all developments.
- We will assist in your application to register as a nurse or midwife in Australia.
- We will assist with your visa application, where appropriate, and are always on hand for advice or information.
- Finally, we liaise with onsite staff in Australia to organize each candidate's "meet 'n' greet". A warm welcome and an orientation is given to each candidate upon arrival "down under".
How long do I have to commit to?
Every applicant is different. Some nurses want to go and work in Australia for six months to four years and then return home, while others plan to stay permanently. We work to match you with the right opportunity for your goals.
What can you tell me about the Visa types?
Work and Holiday Visa- Six month contract
For young adults who want an extended holiday and to work here to fund it Six months for nurses and midwives travelling on Working Holiday Visas. Read more here
Subclass 482 Temporary Skill Shortage visa
You can stay for up to 2 years or up to 4 years.
This temporary visa lets an employer sponsor a suitably skilled worker to fill a position they can't find a suitably skilled Australian to fill. Read more here
Subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme visa
These are for workers who have an Australian employer sponsoring them to work in Australia. Read more here
Two years work experience.
If applicants are not from an exempt country (UK, USA, Canada, NZ or Ireland), they will also need to meet English language requirements at the time of application.
Health and character criteria will also need to be met. Police clearance certificates are required for every country in which the applicant has lived for 12 months or more since turning 16 years of age, within the last ten years.
How long will the process take?
Following an interview it should take about 5 days to receive your employment offer.
Once you are licensed as a nurse with the nurses and midwifery board of Australia and we have completed the compliance checks (e.g references, criminal record checks, verification of qualifications) the employer will apply for the visa nomination from your hiring hospital in Sydney. The current processing times are:-
Working Holiday visa takes one day
Subclass 482 Temporary Skill Shortage visa takes four to six weeks.
PR 186 One to two months
How will I be interviewed?
We leverage all forms of communications - TEAMS as well as face to face interviews. Sometimes representatives from NSW Health come to the UK, Ireland See upcoming recruitment trip interview dates.
What paperwork will be required?
For your employer:
- CV: When applying for a post outside your own country, those reading your resume/CV may not be familiar with your hospital or the system of nursing in your country. Therefore it is important to briefly describe your working environment and the duties you carry out at work. Professional Connections will provide you with a sample CV and a login to build your CV on our CV builder.
- Application form
- Medical clearance
- References: Professional Connections will contact your references.
- Police clearances will be required prior to traveling.
- Visa application paperwork: Professional Connections will detail what is required at application stage.
Sounds like a lot of paperwork?
Yes, there is, and that is why you need our assistance to guide you through each part of the recruitment process. We have helped hundreds of nurses so we know how to get you through it all!
How much will it cost in total for me to become a nurse in Australia? Apply through Profco and some of our Client hospitals reimburse most of your costs*
- APHRA registration
- IQNM Assessment Fee $640 (Â£373 EUR444)
- Application fee $309 (Â£181 EUR214)
- Registration fee $180 (Â£105 EUR126)
- Certifying documents for APHRA
- English language test ( IELTS; OET etc
- Police clearances: variable.
- Visa fees WHV $510 (Â£300 EUR354) TSS 482 Visas: $2,770 (Â£1630 EUR1920) PR $4,240 (Â£2486 EUR2940)
- Medical fees for each family member:
- Flight cost
- Accommodation costs: deposit and rent, variable.