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NurseFindersUK has once again expanded its services and is now recruiting for permanent nursing jobs and allied health positions throughout Australia. We have recently been awarded a contract to supply nurses to a leading private hospital based in Melbourne. It is one of the largest private hospitals in the country and deals in all nursing specialities.

NurseFindersUK will not only find you your ideal nursing job in Australia but we will also help you throughout the relocation process from visas and work permits to flights, travel and accommodation.

Current Nursing Job Vacancies in Australia:
There are no current vacancies in Australia. Please register here to be kept informed of latest jobs by e-mail.

For a full list of Australian Nursing jobs click here.

In order work as a nurse in Australia we will need to have the following items in place in order to secure you a nursing job:

To start with we will need you to register with us here and send us a current CV/Resume.

You can either attach one (in a word document) to your application form or you can use our Cv generator.

Visa Information for Registered Nurses

The Australian Government's Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA) is ultimately responsible for consideration of your visa application. Outside Australia, the Australian Embassy or High Commission deals with Australian visa applications.

There are 4 types of visa/entry permit that nurses may enter Australia on and legally undertake employment as a registered nurse. These are:

457 Employer Sponsored work Permit

We are able, through our clients, to assist you in gaining a 457 Employer Sponsored Work Permit. This visa allows you to work as a registered nurse in Australia for 1-4 years. The Department of Immigration specifies that you must undertake full time employment and commit to your sponsor (employer) for the time in Australia. With our clients this will usually mean that you will be entitled to the same salary, rights and benefits as any other permanent employee of the hospitals including paid annual leave.

Dependant Visa

Travelling on a Dependant visa requires that your spouse has been sponsored by another company to work in Australia. Dependent visas should be carefully checked to ensure unlimited working rights have been granted.

Permanent Resident/Australian Citizen

As an Australian Permanent Resident or Australian Citizen, you are allowed unlimited working rights within Australia. Candidates may apply for Independent skilled migration and gain Permanent Australian Residency, however this can be a long and arduous process.

Working Holiday Visa

The Working Holiday Program provides opportunities for people between 18 and 30 to holiday in Australia and to supplement their travel funds through incidental employment. The visa allows a stay of up to 12 months from the date of first entry to Australia, regardless of whether you spend the whole time in Australia. You are allowed to do any kind of work of a temporary or casual nature, but work for more than 3 months with any one employer is not permitted. This type of visa is not suitable for the nursing jobs that we provide.


Nursing Registration in Australia

The registered nurse (Division 1)

The registered nurse is a first level nurse, educated in pre-registration degree level courses in universitities. Nursing courses are broad based and comprehensive and are designed to prepare candidates to work in a wide variety of health care settings. Registered nurses are licensed to practise nursing in the fields in which they are registered without supervision, and assume accountability and responsibility for all their actions and aspects of care.

The enrolled nurse/registered nurse (Division 2)

The enrolled nurse is a second level nurse who provides nursing care within the limits specified by education and the registering authority's license to practise. Enrolled nurses in Australia are primarily educated through advanced certificate or associated diploma level courses in colleges of Technical and Further Education (TAFE). Enrolled nurses work under the direction and suprevsion of registered nurses, but retain responsibility for their own actions and remain accountable to the registered nurse for all delegated functions.

Registration Requirements

Australia is divided into 6 States and 2 territories, and it is a legal requirement under the Nurses' Act of each state and Territory that nurses must be registered or enrolled in the state or territory that they intend to practise. Each of the States and Territories has a nurse regulatory authority that maintains its own register of registered and enrolled nurses.

Demonstration of the national nursing competency standards is a requirement for registration in all States and Territories. However other requirements for registration may vary between the different States and Territories. Nurses and midwives who want to register or enrol must apply to the nurse regulatory authority in the State/Territory in which they wish to work to determine whether they meet the requirements for registration.

We are currently recruiting in Victoria where the nurse regulatory authority is:

Nurses Board of Victoria
Level 2, 595 Little Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel + 61 3 8635 1200
Fax + 61 3 8635 1248
Email [email protected]


Assessing Further Qualifications

If you hold post graduate nursing qualifications, you may be eligible for an allowance in addition to your base salary. Your post graduate qualifications should be assessed by the Australian Nursing Council (ANC) and then presented along with the assessment on, or before your commencement date.

Australian Nursing Council (ANC)
First Floor
20 Chalis Street
Dickson ACT 2602
Tel: +612 6257 7960
Fax: +612 6257 7955

For information about overseas assessments, determinations and applications please contact the Overseas section on the details below:

Tel: +612 6274 9104 or
Email: [email protected]


Language Requirements

It is essential that nurses have a level of proficiency in English which enables them to communicate competently and safely with clients and colleagues.

In accordance with ANC policy, the requirement to complete an English language proficiency test is waived where a nurse's education leading to registration was undertaken in the United Kingdom, Ireland or USA

Applicants from the Republic of South Africa are required to provide evidence of successful completion of an English language test at a standard endorsed by the ANC.

In order to waive the English language test, applicants must provide evidence that their initial nursing education program was delivered in English - both theoretical and clinical practice modules. Evidence is also required or recent experience as a registered nurse in a health care agency where the medium of communication used in the practice setting is English.

Applicants from Zimbabwe are required to provide evidence of successful completion of an English language test at a standard endorsed by the ANC.

Applicants from Canada: The necessity for a test is waived provided the nurses initial nursing education has been completed in Canada, the nurse has gained registration in Canada through examination and that the examination was in English.

All other nurses are required to successfully complete one of the following English Language Tests:

  • Occupational English Test (OET) for Nurses:
    The required pass level is a B or above in all 4 sections of the test.
  • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Academic Test
    The required pass level is a score of not less than 6.5 in each of the 4 sections with an overall score of not less than 7

For further information regarding these tests:
Language Australia
Level 4, 51 Queen Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: +613 9612 2600
Fax: +613 9612 2601
Email: [email protected]
  IELTS Australia
GPO Box 2006
Canberra ACT 2601
Tel: +612 6285 8222
Fax: +612 6285 3233
Email: [email protected]

For Further information please go to our FAQ section.


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