Update on changes to assessment of internationally qualified nurses and midwives

31 Dec 2019

A new model of assessment for internationally qualified nurses and midwives (IQNMs) will start in March 2020.

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) is moving to an outcomes-based assessment (OBA) model for some IQNMs.

Currently, IQNMs who hold qualifications which are relevant but not substantially equivalent or based on similar competencies to Australian nursing and midwifery qualifications are offered the choice of being referred to a bridging program or to the OBA. IQNMs will continue to be offered the choice of referral to a bridging program or to the OBA until 31 January 2020.

The OBA model of assessment will start in March 2020.

About the OBA

The OBA consists of two parts: a multiple-choice exam, followed by an objective structured clinical exam (OSCE). Candidates will need to pass the multiple-choice exam before being able to undertake the OSCE. More information on the OBA is available in the fact sheet.

What if I’ve already been referred to bridging?

IQNMs already undertaking a bridging program should continue and complete their program.

IQNMs who hold a current referral to a bridging program (that is a referral letter that has been issued within the last 12 months) but have not been able to secure a place in a program can contact AHPRA if they wish to be referred to the OBA instead. IQNMs will not be charged another fee for transferring their referral to the OBA. IQNMs should refer to the AHPRA contact details provided on their referral letter.

For more information

Another update on the new model will be provided in January 2020, including the costs of the OBA for candidates.

For more information on the OBA, please see the fact sheet.

Page reviewed 31/12/2019