Why Nursing is Topping the Job Charts in Australia

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Why Nursing is Topping the Job Charts in Australia

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” — Mahatma Gandhi

Nursing is among the topmost professions of Australia! Its an excellent career path if you are looking forward to immigrate to Australia or are planning to settle there for a long time. Let us tell you why?

According to Australia’s Future Health Workforce (AFHW) the demand for nurses will shoot, with an estimated scarcity of 85,000 nurses by 2025 and 123,000 nurses by 2030, thus creating an upcoming demand for nurses. One of the primary reasons for this is the growing population. The percentage of overseas nurses contribute 5 to 10% to the Australia nurse workforce. The average nursing wages in Australia is AUD 65,000 (INR 34,00,000) per year as compared to Indian nursing wages (INR 2,40,00). In 2011, One third, which is 33% of the nurses were born overseas as compared to a quarter (25%) in 2001.

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) is the apex nursing body, that regulates the registration of nursing in Australia. This is done by developing registration standards, professional codes, guidelines and standards for practice by the NMBA. Internationally eligible nurses applying for registration with NMBA are evaluated on the basis of eligibility requirements and the qualification criteria of the assessment model.

Prior to your becoming a registered nurse in Australia, your application will be assessed by the following criteria and registration standards:

  • Documents establishing Proof of Identity

  • During your process of Australia immigration, you must have an overseas qualification equivalent to an Australian bachelor’s degree

  • Are registered as a nurse from the country nursing education and training was undertaken

  • Must have Current registration, license or practicing certificate of the country they are currently practicing

  • Proficiency in English Language (IELTS Test)

  • Must undertake a Competency Based Assessment Program (CBAP)

  • Must have no Criminal History or restrictions based on mental and physical incapability

  • You should be able to demonstrate that you are fit to practice in Australia

  • Arrangements for Professional Indemnity Insurance

Skills assessment of internationally qualified migrant Nurses is conducted by Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). Assessment of registration applications of overseas nursing applicants on behalf of NMBA is carried out by Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law governs NMBA. Eligibility for registration is based on meeting the abovementioned qualification criteria and registration standards.

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