Internationally qualified nurses and midwives (IQNMs) who apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) are assessed against the NMBA registration standards. IQNMs’ qualifications are assessed against the three qualification criteria of the assessment model.
Registration standards define the requirements that applicants must meet to be considered fit to practise as nurses and midwives.
Qualification criteria define the minimum acceptable education and training that IQNMs must have completed.
Registration applicants must meet all registration standards and qualification criteria in order to be eligible for registration without conditions or limitations.
The NMBA has approved the following registration standards for those seeking initial registration:
More information relating to registration standards is available in FAQ and fact sheets on the NMBA website.
Before you can be registered to practice in Australia as a registered nurse, enrolled nurse and/or midwife your qualification will be assessed against the criteria listed below. You need to provide us with evidence that you meet each of the three criteria. 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:
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.