The current model for the assessment of international qualifications was implemented by the NMBA on 10 February 2014. The model guides the NMBA assessment of international applicants to decide if they have educational qualifications that are ‘substantially equivalent’ to an NMBA-approved Australian qualification under section 53(b) of the National Law. This is critical information to help the NMBA decide if an international applicant is qualified to provide safe care to patients in Australia.
The qualification assessment model is consistent with the requirements of the National Law. As an applicant, you must satisfy the evidentiary requirements of the eight qualification criteria, regardless of your country of origin or registration status. This is in line with the intentions of the assessment model to provide consistent, equitable assessment for all applicants against a common set of criteria. These criteria are different for registered nurses, enrolled nurses and midwives.
According to the requirements of the National Law, it is not possible to take into account work experience when assessing the substantial equivalence of your qualification(s). However, we consider work experience when assessing whether you meet the requirements of the NMBA’s Recency of Practice registration standard. In order for us to assess your qualifications against the eight qualification criteria, you need to submit various supporting documents with your application. Refer to Supporting documentation for us to assess your qualification for further information.
It is important that you take time to consider the qualification criteria so you can assess the likelihood of the NMBA granting you registration.
Under criterion 4 of the qualification criteria, the educational level of your qualification will be assessed against the current level expected of an Australian graduate, as defined by the AQF:
The NMBA uses the AQF to benchmark international qualifications against Australian qualifications. The AQF is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training. It incorporates the qualifications from each Australian education and training sector into a single comprehensive national qualifications framework.
As part of the assessment process, each overseas qualification is assessed to determine its educational level relative to the AQF framework.
The AQF level is an indication of the relative complexity, depth of achievement and autonomy required to show a qualification achievement, with AQF level 1 representing the lowest complexity and level 10 the highest.
More information about the AQF and its alignment with international qualifications frameworks is available at the Australian Qualifications Framework website.
The table below gives an indicative guideline for AQF equivalence. Please note this is a guideline only and may differ for certain education institutions.
Where your qualification leading to registration does not meet all eight qualification criteria, we will take into account any relevant subsequent nursing and/or midwifery qualifications that may allow you to meet the requirements for registration or referral to bridging.
It is important that you submit documentation for all relevant qualifications you hold that may be able to contribute to the outcome of your application.