Applying for registration

Who must apply as an international applicant?

You must apply as an international applicant if you have:

  • obtained an initial nursing and/or midwifery qualification for registration in a country outside Australia 
  • not completed a qualification leading to registration in Australia, and 
  • not held registration in Australia before.

You can lodge your application for registration, and supporting documentation, by post or in person at an Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) office in the state or territory in which you plan to live and work.

All international applications are subject to the same national assessment standards regardless of where the application is lodged.

We do not accept applications by email because we need your original signature (not a scanned signature, for example) on the application documents.

Applying for registration does not guarantee that you meet the standards for registration. Granting registration is a decision of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

There is a specific application form for internationally qualified nurses and midwives. Please use the following form when applying for registration:

This form is also available on our forms page.

It is important that you fill out your application form carefully. Pay attention to the instructions and the symbols listed on the front page of the form, as these will help guide you in completing the form accurately. The symbols used are:


Additional information: provides specific information for you about a question or section of the form.


Attention: highlights information about the form that is particularly important for you to read.


Attach document(s) to this form: identifies when you need to include documents with your application. Processing cannot occur until all required documents are received.


Signature required: requires you or appropriate parties to sign the form.


Mail document(s) directly to AHPRA: identifies when you need to arrange delivery of documents directly to AHPRA. These documents may be from another organisation or from you.

The NMBA and AHPRA rely upon supporting documentation submitted with your application form to accurately assess your application for registration. Please ensure that all supporting documentation meets the AHPRA certification and translation guidelines.

The NMBA views fraud very seriously and will carefully review the evidence you provide to support your application. If you provide false or misleading documents with your application, the NMBA will refuse you registration because you are not a fit and proper person for general registration.

For us to assess your application and qualification, you need to provide ALL the following evidence. Your application and qualification cannot be assessed until all of this documentation has been received.

Please note that AHPRA may take into consideration multiple qualifications in assessing your application, as long as they are in or related to nursing and/or midwifery. We recommend that you provide the required supporting documentation for all relevant qualifications that you hold.

Supplied by you:

  • official documentation for all relevant qualifications:
    • copy of course certificate awarded (e.g. degree) 
    • copy of the academic transcript   
  • Evidence of any change of name 
  • Proof of identity
  • A Statement of Service from your employer(s) covering the past five years 
  • A signed and dated curriculum vitae that describes your full practice history and any training undertaken 
  • Proof that you meet the NMBA’s English language skills registration standard
  • Fees for international applications:
    • Application fee 
    • Overseas assessment fee 
    • Registration fee 
      Note: the application and overseas assessment fees are non-refundable.

If relevant:

  • A separate sheet with an explanation of circumstances of your criminal history in Australia 
  • A separate sheet with an explanation of circumstances of your criminal history in another country 
  • A separate sheet with details of your impairment and how it is managed 
  • A separate sheet with your disqualification details 
  • A separate sheet with details of your conduct, performance or health proceedings in Australia or overseas 
  • A separate sheet with your current suspension or cancellation details, and 
  • A separate sheet with your cancellation, refusal or suspension details

Supplied directly to AHPRA from regulatory authorities:

  • Certificate of Registration Status (CORS) or Certificate of Good Standing (COGS) from every jurisdiction outside of Australia in which you are currently, or have previously been, registered in during the past five years.
    Note 1: if the regulatory authority sends a CORS, it must include information on your standing.
    Note 2: CORS and COGS are valid for three months from date of issue.
  • Evidence of sitting and passing a pre-registration examination from the country where you completed your nursing/midwifery qualification
  • Additional registration history 
Page reviewed 9/12/2019