Nurses and midwives must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, and meet the NMBA's registration standards, in order to practise in Australia.
The nursing and midwifery registration types are:
Endorsement of registration identifies practitioners with additional qualifications and specific expertise. The endorsements for nursing and midwifery are:
Enrolled nurses can now apply for registration as a registered nurse online. More information is available here.
All applicants for nursing and/or midwifery registration must meet a range of requirements to become eligible for registration. Registration standards define the requirements that applicants for registration or renewal of registration need to meet to be registered.
All applicants for registration (excludes student registration) must meet the requirements of the following mandatory registration standards:
For more information see the NMBA’s registration standards.
As of 4 February 2015, a new process applies for checking criminal history outside of Australia. This new approach requires certain applicants and registered practitioners to apply for an international criminal history check from an approved supplier. For more information, please refer to the international criminal history page on the AHPRA website.
Find out about the Registration process on the Ahpra website.
Online applications for registration as a nurse and/or midwife are available to:
Start online application
Find out about applying for registration in Australia
Tips for renewing online
Fact sheet: Non-practising registration for nurses and midwives.
Fact sheet: Transition to a new assessment model for internationally qualified nurses and midwives