Internationally qualified nurses and midwives (IQNMs) who are seeking initial registration as an enrolled nurse, registered nurse and/or midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia must:
Registration standards define the requirements that applicants must meet to be considered fit to practise as nurses and midwives.
The NMBA uses the following three (3) criteria to assess a qualification (which can include one or more), to determine whether an IQNM holds a qualification that is:
For more information about the documentation required, please see the Supporting documentation section on the NMBA website.
The NMBA has found that nursing and midwifery qualifications issued by education institutions in the countries listed below are likely to meet the requirements for criterion 2.
The NMBA has found nursing and midwifery qualifications issued by education institutions in the countries listed below may meet the requirements for criterion 2.
The NMBA has found nursing and midwifery qualifications issued by education institutions in the following countries are unlikely to meet the requirements for criterion 2. The advice applies to both nursing and midwifery qualifications unless specified otherwise:
Registered nurses (RN) with a relevant entry to practice qualification that does not meet criterion two or three may be registered if:
Many qualifications have previously been assessed by Ahpra and will be available to select from a picklist in the Self-check. If your qualification is listed in the Self-check, as soon as you complete the Self-check you will be advised of the steps (assessment stages) you need to complete before applying for registration.
If your qualification has not yet been assessed by Ahpra, it will not be available to select from the Self-check. You can still proceed by indicating on the Self-check that you cannot find your qualification. Ahpra will advise you of the steps you need to complete for you to have your qualification assessed.
See Completing the Self-check for more information.