Immigration to Australia

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There is currently a shortage of doctors and nurses in Australia, particularly in regional areas.


General practitioners or specialists can apply for a visa to work in Australia if they have obtained their primary medical qualification in a country other than Australia or gained their medical qualifications in Australia and are not an Australian permanent resident.

Nurses are currently in high demand in Australia with opportunities for permanent and temporary work available.

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.

 
 

Working in Australia as a Nurse

Nurses need to be in good health and have a certain level of education and experience. To work in a hospital or other health care area, nurses need to pass a health examination which includes a chest x-ray.

To work in Australia, nurses need to be registered or enrolled by the nurse regulatory body in the State or Territory in which they want to work. The Australian Nursery and Midwifery Council (ANMC) website has more information including links to State and Territory nurse regulatory bodies, as does this page of our site.

Applicants for General Skilled Migration must obtain a skills assessment from the ANMC even if currently registered to work as a nurse in an Australian state or territory.

 
 

Visa Options for Nurses

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.

Click here for info on visa options.

 
 

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