Tuesday, December 4, 2012
From last July, nurses no longer need to register with each individual state to practise. Instead, the country, like the UK, has a national registration and accreditation scheme run by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Add that to the fact that nurses are in high demand in Australia, and as such their visa applications usually get top priority, and you have the makings of a pretty smooth move down under.
Dependent on certain criteria, you can have the choices of moving permanently as a skilled migrant, working temporarily in the country, or, for those just looking for a taste of the delights Australia has to offer who are aged between 18 and 30, you can head there for a working holiday. There are also options to get occupational trainee visas if you are looking to undertake a supervised training program in the workplace to improve your skills.
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.
If this all feels like too much paperwork, you can employ the services of a migration agent, who will advise you how to apply for a work visa, as well as counseling you in choosing the best area to live in terms of schools or lifestyle, as well as help you with finding a property and your financial arrangements.
Australia is looking for nurses in all specialisms, so there really isn't a better time to grab your bikini and head to Oz. The box below provides some useful links to help you navigate the options available to you. This month, we are focusing on Australia, with featured employers who can sponsor nurses to head to the country.
Useful websites to help you make the move
Mediserve - is a Nursing Employment Agency that help nurses, Registered, Specialist, Enrolled Nurses and Nursing Assistants to find nursing jobs throughout Australia.
www.immi.gov.au - Department of Immigration and Citizenship in Australia