Application outcomes

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) assesses each application against the registration standards and the qualification criteria as published under Meeting the registration requirements.

There are several possible outcomes for your application:

  • Registration
    • Registration granted
    • In principle registration 
    • Registration with conditions and a notation 
  • Refusal 
    • Refusal and referral to bridging 
    • Refusal
  • Withdrawal

The various pathways leading to different outcomes are illustrated in the diagram below:

Various pathways leading to different outcomes including Register, Register with conditions for supervised practice, Refuse and refer to bridging, Refuse.

Registration

Registration with the NMBA enables you to practise your profession anywhere in Australia. Under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory (the National Law), to be eligible for registration you must meet:

If you have met all of these requirements you will be registered immediately. Your registration details will appear on the national register. Nurses and midwives are registered with the NMBA until 31 May every year. You must renew your registration annually at this time.

If you have met all registration requirements, but only provided the minimum proof of identity evidence with your application (because you were not living in Australia at that time), the NMBA will provide you with a letter providing in principle approval for registration, valid for three months, and detailing the outstanding proof of identity requirements. This does not mean that you are registered.

Final registration will be subject to you providing the outstanding proof of identity requirements to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) in person at your local AHPRA office.

One of the application requirements is to provide a Certificate of Registration Status (CORS) or Certificate of Good Standing (COGS) from every jurisdiction outside of Australia in which you are currently, or have previously, been registered as a health practitioner during the last five years.

A CORS or COGS is valid for three months from the date of issue. If your CORS or COGS is no longer valid when you present in person, you will also need to provide a statutory declaration, signed before an approved witness, to affirm your registration/standing with the relevant health profession regulatory authority. A statutory declaration form for each state and territory is provided below. Please use the form for the state or territory where you will be presenting for registration. This form must be signed and witnessed in Australia in the relevant state or territory.

Statutory declarations:

If you are granted in principle registration and do not provide the identification requirements in person at an AHPRA office within the required three months, we will take it that you have withdrawn your application under section 80(5) of the National Law.

There are three circumstances where an applicant may be eligible for registration with conditions:

  1. Midwives with qualifications that do not meet the continuity of care experience requirements
  2. If your midwifery qualification did not include the 10 continuity of care experiences specified in criterion 5, you will not meet the requirements for registration. However, if you:

    • hold a qualification(s) that meets all criteria under the current model for registration except the continuity of care experience requirements of criterion 5, and
    • meet all registration standards

    the NMBA will grant registration with conditions, which will require a period of supervised practice. You will also have a notation on your registration indicating that you are not educationally prepared for continuity of care experiences.

    Find out more about the midwife conditions for supervised practice and related documentation.

  3. Registered nurses with Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level 6 qualifications solely in mental health, paediatric or disability nursing
  4. If your registered nursing qualification is assessed at less than AQF level 7, you will not meet the requirements for registration. However, if you:

    • hold a qualification that:
      • is solely in mental health, paediatric or disability nursing.
      • meets all criteria under the current model for registration, except criterion 4 (that your qualification is at AQF level 7 or above)
      • is at AQF level 6, and
    • meets all registration standards

    the NMBA will grant registration with conditions, which will require a period of 12 months full time equivalent supervised practice. You will also have a notation on your registration.

    More information:

  5. Nurses with qualifications that do not meet the workplace experience requirements 
  6. If your nursing qualification does not meet the minimum (800 hours for RN and 400 hours for EN) workplace experience requirements of criterion 5, you will not meet the requirements for registration. However, if you:

    • meet all qualification criteria under the current model for registration, except criterion 5 
    • hold a qualification with:
      • a minimum of 720 hours workplace experience for registered nurse applications 
      • a minimum of 360 hours workplace experience for enrolled nurse applications, and
    • meet all registration standards

    the NMBA will grant registration with conditions, which will require a period of 3 months full time equivalent supervised practice. You will also have a notation on your registration.

     

  7. Nurses and midwives with qualifications that do not meet all medication management requirements
  8. If you are unable to provide sufficient evidence of medication management as part of your qualification, you will not meet the requirements for registration. However if you:

    • hold a qualification that meets all criteria under the current model for registration, except sufficient evidence for criterion 8
    • have provided some evidence that you have completed medication management, and
    • meet all registration standards

    the NMBA will grant registration with conditions, which will require a period of supervised practice.

More information:

 

You will be refused registration if the NMBA decides that your qualification does not meet the qualification criteria, or you do not meet the registration standards. If your application is refused we will refund your registration fee. You do not need to apply for the registration fee refund, as AHPRA will initiate your fee refund as part of closing your application. If required, AHPRA will contact you for new payment details.

Some applicants for registration as a registered nurse or midwife may be eligible for referral to a bridging program (see below).

If you are not eligible for referral to a bridging program and wish to upgrade your qualification to meet the registration requirements, you may consider enrolling in a qualification leading to registration, such as:

  • a midwifery or nursing Bachelor degree (AQF level 7 or comparable) 
  • an enrolled nursing Diploma (AQF level 5 or comparable)

You can upgrade your qualification in Australia or any other country of your choice. If you upgrade your qualification outside Australia you must make sure that the qualification meets the accreditation requirements of criteria 2 and 3. The qualification must be in nursing or midwifery and must lead to registration in the country of study. Post graduate qualifications in related fields will not meet the requirements.

If you upgrade your qualification in Australia, the education provider can provide further information on the program of study approved for registration and any opportunity for recognition of prior learning.

Bridging programs are only available to international applicants who receive a letter of referral from the NMBA after their application has been assessed and a decision made. A bridging program is a NMBA-approved program of study specific for international applicants, offered by education providers in Australia. These programs do not lead to a recognised qualification nor do they cover the full content of an approved program of study leading to registration.

There are three circumstances where an applicant may be eligible for referral to a bridging program:

  1. Nursing and midwifery qualifications that do not meet the required AQF level

    If your qualification is assessed at less than the required AQF level you will be refused registration. However, if you:
    • meet all qualification criteria under the current model for registration, except criterion 4
    • hold a qualification at: 
      • AQF level 6 for registered nurse and midwife applications, or
      • AQF level 4 for enrolled nurse applications, and
    • meet all registration standard

    you will be referred to a NMBA-approved bridging program.

    Please note: The exception to this is registered nurses with qualifications solely in mental health, paediatric or disability nursing who will be registered with conditions and a notation.

  2. Nursing and midwifery qualifications that do not meet the accreditation requirements 

    If your qualification does not meet the accreditation requirements of criteria 2 and/or 3 you will be refused registration. However, if you:
    • hold a qualification that meets criteria 1, 4, 5 and 7 and
    • meet all other registration requirements

    you will be referred to a NMBA-approved bridging program.

      • Nursing qualifications that do not meet workplace experience requirements

        If your nursing qualification does not meet the minimum (800 hours for RN and 400 hours for EN) workplace experience requirments of criterion 5, you will be refused registration. However, if you:
        • meet all qualification criteria under the current model for registration, except criterion 5
        • hold a qualification with:
          • a minimum between 600 and 719 hours of workplace experience for registered nurse applications
          • a minimum between 300 and 359 hours of workplace experience for enrolled nurse applications, and
        • meet all registration standards

        you will be referred to a NMBA-approved bridging program.

      Referrals to bridging programs are valid for twelve months only and no extensions will be granted.

      Once you successfully complete the bridging program, you can make a new application for registration to AHPRA and, if nothing else has changed since your previous application, you will be eligible for registration with the NMBA.

      Applicants who have completed a bridging program must pay the application fee and registration fee upon submitting a new application but will not be required to pay the overseas assessment fee.

      More information:

         

        If you do not provide all the information required to assess your application within a reasonable time period, your application will be withdrawn because there will be insufficient information to make an assessment.

        You can also contact your registration officer to request that your application is withdrawn if you do not wish to continue with your application.

        International applicants pay an application fee, overseas assessment fee and registration fee upon application. If your application is withdrawn we will refund the registration fee. You do not need to apply for the registration fee refund, as AHPRA will initiate your fee refund as part of closing your application. If required, AHPRA will contact you for new payment details.

         
         
         
        Page reviewed 18/10/2017