Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia - Completing the Self-check
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Completing the Self-check

What is the Self-check?

If you are an internationally qualified nurse or midwife (IQNM) who wishes to register in Australia, you will need to complete the Self-check before applying for registration. It is important to read all of the information on this page before starting the Self-check. Once you have read this information, there is a link to the Self-check available on this page in the section ‘Ready to complete the Self-check?’

You will need to enter your qualification information into the Self-check. If your qualification is available to select from the list, once you complete the Self-check you will be assigned to one of three streams. If your qualification is not available to select from the list, once you complete Self-check you will be advised of the steps you need to complete in order for Ahpra to assess your qualification and assign you to a stream. The stream assigned is dependent on which qualification assessment criteria your qualification(s) meet (see Meeting the registration requirements for information on the criteria).

IQNMs in each stream have different steps (assessment stages) to complete before being eligible to apply for registration.

The three streams are:

Stream A - IQNMs who hold a qualification considered to be substantially equivalent, or based on similar competencies, to an approved qualification

Stream B - IQNMs who hold a qualification that is relevant to the profession, but is not substantially equivalent, nor based on similar competencies to an approved qualification

Stream C – IQNMs who hold a qualification that is not substantially equivalent or relevant to an approved qualification

The following figure shows which stream IQNMs will be assigned to based on the qualification assessment criteria their qualification(s) meet.


NMBA IQNM qualification assessment outcomes self check diagram 2023


The Self-check only identifies the required assessment stages for IQNMs seeking registration. It does not assess whether an individual can meet the eligibility requirements for registration. In other words, completing the assessment stages following Self-check does not guarantee that your application for registration will be successful.

A non-refundable IQNM assessment fee (assessment and orientation) of $410 must be paid and Orientation Part 1 must be completed by all IQNMs in the following cohorts in order to proceed in the IQNM assessment process:

  • IQNMs in Stream A
  • IQNMs in Stream B
  • IQNMs who require their qualification(s) to be assessed.

For more information about these and subsequent assessment stages, please see Steps after Self-check (assessment stages).

Only internationally qualified nurses or midwives who would like to seek registration in Australia should complete the Self-check. The Self-check cannot be completed by a third party or agent on your behalf.

Please note, where there is only one level of nursing in the country an IQNM obtained their primary qualification, they can only seek registration in Australia as a registered nurse (RN).

  • third parties or agents
  • individuals who have completed an NMBA approved nursing and/or midwifery qualification in Australia can complete an online application for registration
  • nurses or midwives who are currently registered as a nurse or midwife in New Zealand can apply for registration online under the Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Act

When completing the Self-check, you will be asked to provide some information about your qualification(s) and some personal information. Further information will be requested at other assessment stages and you may have to provide some of the same information more than once. This is because external providers deliver different components of the assessment stages such as the orientation program and the multiple-choice question (MCQ) exam.

  • Read all of the webpages on the NMBA's website relating to the IQNM assessment process to ensure you are well informed before starting the Self-check.
  • Read the Registration standards before starting the Self-check. You will be asked during the Self-check to confirm you have read, understood and can meet the requirements of the Registration Standards.
  • Make sure the information you provide is correct. When entering personal details and/or qualification information, it is important that you carefully check the information provided is true and correct.
    • If you realise the information you provided is incorrect at the Summary page of the Self-check, you will need to restart your Self-check to be able to provide the correct information. 
    • Information cannot be changed once submitted, unless you contact Ahpra. This will make the process slower.
    • If you enter incorrect qualification information, the advice you get on steps to registration may also be incorrect. Changes of the required steps to registration may result in you having to pay additional fees.
  • Only complete Self-check for your primary profession i.e. nursing or midwifery. If you are seeking dual registration as a registered nurse and as a midwife, you will need to complete the Self-check for your primary qualification first then contact Ahpra.
  • If there is only one level of nursing in the country you obtained your primary qualification, select 'Registered nurse' when selecting your division on the Self-check.
  • Have proof of your qualifications. If you complete the Self-check and wish to proceed with the assessment process after being assigned to Stream A or Stream B, you will be asked to provide documentary evidence of holding the qualification(s) you entered at Self-check. This information will be required at the registration application stage for Stream A, and the Portfolio stage for Stream B (See Steps after Self-check (assessment stages) and Applying for registration).
  • Remember that completing the process does not guarantee registration. The Self-check only identifies the assessment stages that you must successfully complete before you can apply for registration. It does not assess whether you meet the eligibility requirements for registration. Only after you apply for registration after successfully completing all required assessment stages, will your registration application be assessed against the eligibility requirements.

Are you ready to commence your Self-check? If so, please click below.


Commence Self-check

Important information for internationally qualified registered nurses

Candidates who receive a Stream B outcome after the Self-check or Portfolio stages, and who request a NCLEX-RN score transfer from Ahpra to another nursing regulatory body, will be required to apply to Ahpra for a score transfer and pay a fee to before their score will be transferred. See Information for registered nurses for further information.

Page reviewed 28/02/2023