Nurse Registration in Australia

Where do I start?

Get your Nursing Registration!

The most important piece of information I can give you if you are about to start the process to get Nurse Registration in Australia is to follow the instructions very carefully! Read the information on the application forms yourself, do not rely on an agent to do this. It is your Nurse Registration on the line here and it is not advisable to risk letting someone else make important decisions or worse still delay the process because they did not get the process right!

It is also important to build a positive, friendly relationship with your contact at the Nurse Registration office. It is not advisable to hassle or harass them unnecessarily; sometimes third party agents do this because they think it will hasten the process- IT WON’T!

If you do use an agent, and there are some good ones out there, my advise from experence is to use one that is in Australia, they will know the culture here better and know what behaviours are expected, how people respond and communicate, overseas agents may not!

Nurse Regulation in Australia

Regulation of Health Professionals in Australia is governed by the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009, which came into effect on 1 July 2010. Prior to this each State or Territory had individual legislation. Much work has been done in the last ten years to bring about a national registration scheme

The 10 Health Professions covered currently are Medical, Dental, Nursing and Midwifery, Chiropractic, Optometry, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Pharmacy, Osteopathy. In the future there may be more added.

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia is responsible for

- Registering nursing and midwifery practitioners, and students

- Developing standards, codes and guidelines for the nursing and midwifery profession

- Handling notifications, complaints, investigations and disciplinary hearings

- Assessing overseas trained practitioners who wish to practise in Australia - Approving accreditation standards and accredited courses of study.

Each State and Territory have a local AHPRA office, See the AHPRA website for further information and contact details

Want more information?

The AHPRA website has information and frequently asked question sheets if you require more information. You can find them here AHPRA information

OR.....For more information generally on nursing in each state or territory of Australia see the following web links

Western Australia Office of the Chief Nursing Officer
Victoria Chief Nurse Advisor
New South Wales Nursing and Midwifery Office
Australian Capital Territory Nursing and Midwifery Office
Northern Territory Nursing Office
Tasmania Chief Nurse

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