“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.
Are you moving to Australia soon? Is your checklist ready for household utilities, internet and mobile (cell) phones? Here’s how to set them up in Australia
Utilities in Australia
If you are aiming to rent an accommodation, then your home utility bills (water, gas, electricity) might already be incorporated into your rent, or might be charged separately by your landlord. However, if you are intending to purchase a home which come with the household utility bills, then it’s important that you know your options.
Australia has numerous service providers to cater your energy and gas needs, including EnergyAustralia, Origin Energy, and AGL, with some providers servicing specific states only (e.g. ActewAGL offers residential energy to the ACT and NSW only).
If you are able to choose the provider, then it’s strongly recommended to compare their prices (taking into account their fees as well) to avail the optimum usage of energy and electricity.
Solar Power is yet another option that could be available to you. While, this is still a relatively emerging form of energy, but it’s still worth comparing for long-term benefits.
Different water companies serve across the different areas in Australia, so your choices are limited when it comes to which company supplies your water.
How much do utilities cost in Australia?
According to the recent Australia Immigration News, below are of statistics on household costs from recent years:
Overall household costs: Average weekly housing costs across the Australia was $223.
Energy bills: Typical household’s electricity will cost between $1500 and $2500 annually, which equates to approximately $4-$7 per day.
Electricity and gas: The annual cost of energy can jump from $560.79 per year (single occupant in a flat) to $3289.64 (family of four living in a house).
Mobile phone bill: Average household accumulates about $12 weekly in mobile phone charges.
Mobile Phone Plans
While moving to Australia, one would always bring their mobile phone, but you might want to consider purchasing a local SIM and a local phone plan. Depending on your needs, you have various options when it comes to mobile phone plans bundled with different ‘bonuses’ and offers. There are primarily three mobile networks, owned and operated by Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone which are GSM networks and offer 4G services. Among the three networks, Telstra has the best reputation, especially in regional areas.
Australia PR is fast transitioning into a digital future with a nation-wide plan to upgrade the fixed line telephone and internet network towards high-speed broadband. Many metropolitan cities can already access this broadband service, and most importantly you can utilize this with a suitable broadband/internet plan by Telstra and Optus.