Nursing Jobs in Australia

Job Market Update March 2010

Nurses are currently in massive demand in Australia. In our experience there are literally hundreds of job opportunities for nurses and nowhere near enough qualified or experienced Australians to fill the vacancies.

Midwives and very experienced specialist staff (theatres, ICU, ED, etc) are the most needed, along with unpopular areas like aged care and orthopaedics.

If you wish to find Nursing work in Australia visit our Job Portal and uplpoad your CV and make your details visible to over 550 recruiters and employers across Australia. You will also find many sponsored employment opportunities on our Sponsored Employment Page.

Working conditions

Australia has no national government hospital administrative body like the NHS in the UK so public hospitals are managed by each individual State and Territory. Private healthcare is very common in Australia. Private hospitals are run for profit and include small companies with one or more hospitals and nationals that have a large hospital network. Both sectors also cover aged care facilities.

Those who have made the move to try nursing in Australia comment on how much they enjoy their jobs down under compared to here in the UK. The standards of hospitals are said to be much better and overseas nurses in Australia are well looked after. To speak to people already nursing in Australia and find information and advice first hand join our Australian Nursing community on our job portal learn more.

Working Hours

Shift patterns vary considerably and are from 5 - 12 hours in duration with various starting/finishing times depending on the area you work in.

Salary

The salary rates you can expect in Australia vary between every State and Territory and between sectors - private, public and aged care. The minimum flat rate that sponsors must pay sponsored nurses is around $45,000, plus enhancements for length of experience, shift work and 9% pension.

Salary rates are very much determined by the length of experience. In general a registered nurses salary will increase each year up to the eighth year of experience, after this point salaries will rise with increased levels of responsibility.

Often extra shift allowances are awarded on top of the ordinary pay rate with late shifts attracting an additional 12.5% and nightshifts up to 50%. Weekend work can be paid at time and a half for Saturdays and time and three quarters for Sundays.

For more information on basic salary rates please visit these websites:

http://www.payscale.com/research/AU/Job=Registered_Nurse_(RN)/Salary

http://content.mycareer.com.au/salary-centre/

Experience Required

If you are considering nursing in Australia you must be fully qualified and depending on your specialist field you must have a minimum of 12 months post-grad clinical experience. For Asian trained nurses who have their NMC and have worked full-time as Registered Nurses in the UK for 2 years they will stand a far better chance if they seek work in Australia in the area they've been employed in, in the UK.

Australian Nurse training

Nurses trained in Australia will have completed a 3-4 year long bachelor of Nursing degree followed by participation in a graduate nurse program. A graduate diploma can be gained in specialities including Paediatrics, Oncology, paediatrics, ICU and A&E.

To find out more about Nursing in Australia and speak to people already nursing in Australia join our Australian Nursing community on our job portal.

Registration

As of July 2010 there will be a central registration department. Until then, all perm resident applicants have to go through the Australian Nursing Council in Canberra initially, all other visa holders (working holiday and sponsored) can apply to any State or Territory Board or Council (but only the one, multiple applications are frowned upon).

You can find all the information on how to apply, why you need to be registered as a nurse, the costs and renewal dates on the following websites.

Queensland Nursing Council
Nurses and Midwives Board of NSW
Nurses Board of Western Australia
Nurses Board of South Australia
Nurses Board of Victoria
Nursing Board of Tasmania
Northern Territories health registration board 

An English Language assessment (IELTS) will be compulsory through most Boards/Councils - this is a new requirement brought in on 1st July 2009

It is highly recommended that you register before you arrive in Australia as the registration process can take up to 4 months.

For information on whether your registration is directly transferrable to Australia you may wish to visit the Australian Nursing Council's website http://www.anmc.org.au/

Skills assessment

Nurses wishing to migrate permanently to Australia will need to have their skills assessed as part of the skilled migration application process. The assessment will be performed by the Australian Nursing Council at a cost of AU$690.

The following information needs to be submitted with your application:

  • Certified copies of your birth certificate
  • A certified passport photograph
  • English language test results
  • Details of Nursing or midwifery experience including a professional reference and employment statement(s)
  • Details of first gained and current registration
  • Your qualifications including graduation certificate and the transcript of your training

More details about the skills assessment can be found on the Australian Nursing and Midwifery council's website http://anmc.org.au/

If you are using a migration agent they will help to guide you through this process.

You might like to have a look at the following websites http://www.nursingaustralia.info/ which is a new initiative by an English nurse living in Australia.

Useful links:

http://anmc.org.au/ Australian Nursing and Midwifery council website

http://www.nursingaustralia.info/ a new initiative by an English nurse living in Australia.

Queensland Nursing Council
Nurses and Midwives Board of NSW
Nurses Board of Western Australia
Nurses Board of South Australia
Nurses Board of Victoria
Nursing Board of Tasmania
Northern Territories health registration board

If you wish to find Nursing work in Australia visit our Job Portal and uplpoad your CV and make your details visible to over 550 recruiters and employers across Australia

Finding Employer Sponsorship

There are currently over 30 employer sponsorship opportunities across Australia for qualified nurses with 2 years post -qualification experience. Click Here to visit our Employer Sponsorship Page to access these fantastic opportunities.