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SLIG :: Nurse Link :: Nursing in Australia

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Australia has a lot going for it, the climate - the fantastic blue skies, the sunshine, the cold beer, the excellent wine and food, and the white sandy beaches. Life doesn't get much better!

Since 1945 more than six million people from across the world have come to Australia to live. Today, more than 20 per cent of Australians are foreign born and more than 40 per cent are of mixed cultural origin No matter what your background you will feel welcome here.

Australia is the sixth largest country in the world. It's about the same size as the 48 mainland states of the USA and 50 per cent larger than Europe, but has the lowest population density in the world - only two people per square kilometre.


Australia's coastline stretches almost 50,000 kilometres and is linked by over 10,000 beaches, more than any other country in the world. More than 85 per cent of Australians live within 50 kilometres of the coast, making it an integral part of our laid-back lifestyle.

Nursing - Visas, Immigration and You

Nurses are currently in high demand in Australia. There are excellent career opportunities with permanent and temporary work available in Australia. Most visa applications for nurses receive priority processing.

Whether you have a high level of skills and experience or need to gain additional skills, there is a visa to suit you. There are excellent career opportunities with permanent and temporary work available in Australia. You can be in or outside Australia when you apply for a visa to work as a nurse.

Permanent and Temporary Visa Options for Nurses

General Skilled Migration

Nurses may be able to migrate to Australia as an independent skilled migrant or one of the sponsored visas under the General Skilled Migration Program.

There is a serious shortage of Registered Nurses (in all fields) in Australia. As such, the Australian Government has listed Registered Nurses on their "Critical skills shortage list" under the General Skilled Migration Program.

Working Holidays

If you are between 18 and 30, you may be able to come to Australia temporarily for a working holiday. This visa allows you to stay for 12 months and work as a nurse with any one employer for a maximum of six months, provided your work remains incidental to your holidays.

Improving your Skills

Occupational Trainee Visa

For nurses to undertake a supervised, workplace-based training program in Australia. This option is good for training programs of three months or longer.

Business (Short Stay) visa (subclass 456)

This is ideal for nurses to undertake an approved bridging or pre-registration program for less than three months. Nurses who successfully complete the course may be able to apply in Australia for a Business Long Stay visa.

Nurses Sponsored by an Employer

Temporary Business (Long Stay) visa (subclass 457)

This is usually used for registered nurses to work in Australia for an approved business sponsor, for up to four years. Your accompanying family members can work and study in Australia.

Employer Nomination Scheme

Overseas nurses under 45 years of age, with qualifications and work experience as a registered nurse, may be eligible for a permanent visa under this scheme.

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme

Overseas nurses with qualifications equivalent to an Australian diploma level qualification (two years full-time study) or higher may be eligible for a permanent visa. Under this scheme, nurses will be sponsored by an Australian employer to work and live in regional Australia.

Working in Australia

Skills Assessments/Registration

To work in Australia you must first have your qualifications assessed by the relevant authority and obtain registration with one of the state or territory nursing registration boards.

It is proposed that as of 1 July 2010 the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme will commence, introducing one registration throughout Australia.

Secured Life International Group (SLIG) can assist you with detailed and often time consuming process should you require assistance.

English Language Requirements

Nurses must now demonstrate a proficiency in English before their skills assessment or visa can be granted. In other words, you must demonstrate that you meet the English language threshold. This means that you must already have your English language test results before you lodge your application visa.

Proof of English language proficiency is achieved by taking either the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Occupational English Test (OET).

Which English Language Test Should I Sit?

Generally, you will be required to sit the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test to assess your English language ability. Occupational English Test (OET) results may also be provided as evidence of your English language ability.

Why use Secured Life International Group (SLIG)?

You cannot work as a Registered Nurse in Australia without first registering with one of the State or Territory Nursing Registration Boards.

A professional Migration Agent like Secured Life International Group (SLIG) can assist you in the Australian nursing registration process, as well as provide professional advice and assistance in your visa application - even if you have had no previous work experience.

Migration can be costly and time consuming; the use of a registered agent like Secured Life International Group (SLIG) will ensure that the process meets legislative requirements at the time of application. Secured Life International Group (SLIG) will walk you through the process from start to finish.


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