Students seeking registration urged to apply online now

14 Oct 2016

Final-year students who will soon complete an approved program of study can go online now to apply for registration before they graduate.

Graduates need to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) before they start practising and must meet the registration requirements to be a registered nurse and/or midwife.

Registration standards that relate to the new graduate are:

  • criminal history 
  • English language skills, and 
  • professional indemnity insurance.

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) manages the registration of graduates on behalf of the NMBA.

The online graduate application service on the AHPRA website helps to smooth the path from study to work by enabling students to apply for registration four to six weeks before completing their course.

All applicants must send some supporting documents to AHPRA by mail to complete their application. AHPRA sends applicants a Next steps checklist email to help with this step after it receives an online application. If supporting documents are not supplied within 30 days of when a graduate applies online their application may be withdrawn.

Online applications are also open for currently registered enrolled nurses who are due to complete an approved program of study that will qualify the individual for registration as a registered nurse or a midwife. These applicants apply via the online services portal and need their User ID to log in.

Graduates who wish to apply for registration as both a nurse and a midwife are also urged to apply early using the hard copy form. These applicants cannot use the online graduate application service.

Graduates are encouraged to find out how to use the online graduate application service by accessing the information on the AHPRA website under Graduate applications.

How to apply for registration

There are three simple steps to registration for graduates:

  1. Students fill out an online application for registration four to six weeks before completing their course. 
  2. Students send supporting documents to AHPRA by mail within 30 days to complete their application. 
  3. Students wait to be contacted by AHPRA.

What happens next?

A student’s application for registration is assessed while AHPRA waits for their education provider to advise that the student is eligible to graduate. AHPRA contacts the student if more information is needed and/or to confirm their registration.

New graduates registered with the NMBA are eligible to start work as soon as their name is published on the national register.

For more information

  • Go to Graduate applications on the AHPRA website to apply online and for links to FAQ 
  • For registration enquiries or difficulties in accessing the online application form: 1300 419 495 (within Australia) 
  • For media enquiries: (03) 8708 9200
Page reviewed 14/10/2016