Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia - Applying for registration
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Applying for registration

Once you successfully complete the Self-check and any other required assessment stages, you are eligible to apply for registration.

Those who have completed an NMBA-approved bridging program should refer to the Fact sheet: Bridging programs for IQNMs which includes information about applying for registration.

*Please note, applying for registration does not guarantee that you meet the standards for registration. Granting registration is a decision of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

You can lodge your application for registration and supporting documentation online.

Only those that are eligible will be invited to apply for registration by the NMBA. The registration application form will be made available within your IQNM candidate dashboard.

There are separate online application forms for those in Stream A and Stream B. Once you have completed the required assessment in your stream, the respective online application form will be made available to you for completion.

All international applications are subject to the same national assessment standards regardless of where the application is lodged.

It is important that you fill out your online application form carefully. Pay attention to the instructions and the symbols listed on the front page of the form, as these will help guide you in completing the form accurately. The symbols used are:

Information.  Additional information: Provides specific information about a question or section of the form.
Attention.  Attention: Highlights important information about the form.
Paperclip  Attach document(s) to this form: Processing cannot occur until all required documents are received.
Signature.   Signature required: Requests appropriate parties to sign the form where indicated. 
Mail  Mail document(s) directly to Ahpra: Requires delivery of documents by an organisation or the applicant

If you cannot find your exact qualification in the dropdown menu, do not choose the closest wording.

The NMBA and Ahpra rely on the supporting documentation submitted with your application form to accurately assess your application for registration. Please ensure that all supporting documentation meets the Ahpra certification and translation guidelines.

The NMBA views fraud very seriously and will carefully review the evidence you provide to support your application. If you provide false or misleading documents with your application, the NMBA will refuse you registration because you are not a fit and proper person for general registration. If the NMBA becomes aware of fraud in your application after you have been registered, you may have your registration cancelled.

For Ahpra to assess your application, you must provide ALL the following evidence. Your application cannot be assessed until all of this documentation has been received.

Supplied by you:

  • Official documentation for all qualifications (any documents not received directly from you education provider will need to be certified):
    • copy of course certificate awarded (e.g. degree) 
    • copy of the academic transcript   
  • Evidence of any change of name (certified)
  • Proof of identity (certified)
  • A Statement of Service from your employer(s) covering the past five years (certified)
  • Proof that you meet the NMBA’s English language skills registration standard
  • Fees for international applications:
    • Application fee 
    • Registration fee 
      Note: the application fee is non-refundable.
  • Any docs not received directly (from university) need to be certified

Further supporting documentation:

If relevant, you may need to submit further documentation to support the assessment of your application. This could be a separate sheet with an explanation/details of:

  • Circumstances of your criminal history in Australia
  • Circumstances of your criminal history in another country
  • Your impairment and how it is managed
  • Your disqualification details
  • Your conduct, performance or health proceedings in Australia or overseas
  • Your current suspension or cancellation details, and
  • Your cancellation, refusal or suspension details

Supplied directly to Ahpra from regulatory authorities:

The following documentation must be submitted directly to Ahpra by all relevant regulatory authorities outside of Australia

  • 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 in during the past five years.
    Note 1: if the regulatory authority sends a CORS, it must come directly from the regulator to Ahpra and include information on your standing.
    Note 2: CORS and COGS are valid for three months from date of issue. 
  • Evidence of sitting and passing a pre-registration examination from the country where you completed your nursing/midwifery qualification
  • Any additional registration history
Page reviewed 7/06/2023