Internationally qualified nurses and midwives

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) regulates nurses and midwives for public safety. Anyone who wishes to work as a registered nurse, enrolled nurse, nurse practitioner or midwife in Australia must be registered with the NMBA.

The NMBA, in partnership with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra), is responsible for assessing internationally qualified nurses and midwives (IQNMs) who wish to practise in Australia, to ensure they are suitably trained and qualified for registration.

IQNMs must meet the following registration requirements to be eligible to apply for registration with the NMBA:

  1. the NMBA mandatory registration standards, and
  2. the NMBA qualification assessment criteria, which define the minimum acceptable education and training that internationally qualified nurses and midwives must have completed.

Applying for registration

If you are an IQNM wishing to apply for registration in Australia, before you are eligible to apply for registration you must provide your qualification and other details through the Self-check. You will then be advised of the steps (assessment stages) you need to successfully complete before you are eligible to apply for registration.

It is important to read all of the information on the Completing the Self-check 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?’

Find out more about the registration standards and qualification assessment criteria before completing the Self-check (See Meeting the registration requirements for more information).

COVID-19 and the current impacts:

As you would be aware, the impacts of COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation with many gathering and travel restrictions now in place across the world. 

The providers of the multiple choice question (MCQ) exam, and the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) have closed their services temporarily. This means those that are required to undertake these exams will be unable to progress through the IQNM OBA pathway to eligible for registration for some time. 

Further updates will be provided when they become available.  

Page reviewed 25/03/2020