Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia - Applying for registration

Applying for registration

Once internationally qualified nurses or midwives (IQNMs) successfully complete the Self-check and any required assessment stages, they are eligible to apply for registration. Once an IQNM is eligible to apply for registration, the registration application form will be made available within the IQNM candidate dashboard.

IQNMs 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.

You can lodge your application for registration, and supporting documentation by post at the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) office in Victoria:

GPO Box 9958
VIC 3001

Alternatively, you can lodge your application for registration, and supporting documentation in person at any Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) office in the state or territory in which you plan to live and work.

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

We do not accept applications by email because we need your original signature (not a scanned signature, for example) on the application documents.

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).

There are separate application forms for IQNMs in Stream A and IQNMs in Stream B. Once the required assessment stages have been completed by IQNMs in either stream, the respective application form will be made available for completion.

It is important that you fill out your 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

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, applicants 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:
    • copy of course certificate awarded (e.g. degree) 
    • copy of the academic transcript   
  • Evidence of any change of name 
  • Proof of identity
  • A Statement of Service from your employer(s) covering the past five years 
  • A signed and dated curriculum vitae that describes your full practice history and any training undertaken 
  • 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.

If relevant for your application:

  • A separate sheet with an explanation of circumstances of your criminal history in Australia 
  • A separate sheet with an explanation of circumstances of your criminal history in another country 
  • A separate sheet with details of your impairment and how it is managed 
  • A separate sheet with your disqualification details 
  • A separate sheet with details of your conduct, performance or health proceedings in Australia or overseas 
  • A separate sheet with your current suspension or cancellation details, and 
  • A separate sheet with your cancellation, refusal or suspension details

Supplied directly to Ahpra from regulatory authorities:

  • 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 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
  • Additional registration history 
Page reviewed 16/07/2020