English language skills

Registration standard

The English language skills registration standard (2015) came into effect on 1 July 2015. This registration standard applies to all nurses and midwives applying for initial registration, regardless of whether they qualified in Australia or overseas.

The revised English language skills registration standard (2019) will take effect on 1 March 2019. For more information please read the news item.

Document name PDF Accessible format Date of effect
English language skills registration standard (2015) PDF
(375KB)
Word version 
(396KB,DOCX)
1 July 2015
Advanced copy: English language skills registration standard (2019)

For more information, please read the news item.
PDF 
(168KB) 
Word version 
(405KB,DOCX)
1 March 2019 
Advanced copy: English language skills registration standard (2019) transition policy PDF(183KB) Word version 
(90.9KB,DOCX)
1 March 2019 

FAQ

Document name PDF Accessible format Document date
FAQ - find out more about the standards (2015) PDF 
(271KB)
Web page August 2015
Advanced copy: Fact sheet - English language skills registration standard - 1 March 2019 PDF
(152KB)
Word version
(408 KB,DOCX)
Effective: 1 March 2019

Do you meet the English language skills registration standard?

The revised registration standard introduces additional pathways for nursing and midwifery applicants to demonstrate evidence of their English language skills. Diagrams of how these work are included in the English language skills pathways document listed below.

Document name PDF Accessible format Document date
Pathways diagram for nurses and midwives: Explains the requirements for each pathway (2015) PDF 
(110KB)
Word version 
(569KB,DOCX)
July 2015
Advanced copy: Pathways diagram for nurses and midwives: Explains the requirements for each pathway (2019) PDF
(491 KB) 
Word version
(158 KB,DOCX)
Effective: 1 March 2019
English language skills evidence guide for nurses and midwives (2015) PDF 
(296KB)
Word version 
(207KB,DOCX)
August 2015
Advanced copy: English Language skills evidence guide for nurses and midwives - 1 March 2019 PDF (136 KB) Word version
(212 KB,DOCX)
Effective: 1 March 2019
English language skills registration standard policy (2015) PDF 
(105KB)
Web page 26 May 2016
Advanced copy: English language skills registration standard policy (2019) PDF 
(65.5KB)
Word version 
(397 KB,DOCX) 
Effective: 1 March 2019

Approved English language test providers

If you are required to sit an English language test, please refer to either of the following approved provider's websites for more information:

Consultation process

The revised English language skills registration standards for all professions were developed after a review of the existing standards, which included a public consultation. The consultation report provides a summary of responses, rationale for any changes and sets out the proposed way forward, including areas where further work in planned. The report, as well as the letter from Ministerial Council approving the new standards is available on the AHPRA website.

Retired version

The previous version of the registration standard which is no longer in effect.

Document name PDF Date of effect
Retired version: English language skills registration standard PDF (288KB) To 31 June 2015
 
 
Page reviewed 2/11/2018