Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

To help qualify for work with SwingShift Nurses you must obtain Registration as a division 1 Nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia provides information and mechanisms for nurses to make enquiries and place registration applications.

When you take photocopies of original documents to be certified as true copies of the original, make sure the authorised person states on the copy at least that they have “sighted the original and that this copy is a true copy of the original”.

SwingShift Nurses can assist with your registration application.

AHPRA postal address:
GPO Box 9958
Melbourne VIC 3001

AHPRA office location:
Level 8, 111 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

AHPRA Registration Information

Internationally Qualified Nurses and Midwives

The following downloadable document has been endorsed by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia as the Framework for the assessment of internationally qualified nurses and midwives for registration.

Framework for the Assessment of Internationally Qualified Nurses and Midwives for Registration (326 KB,PDF)

Summary of criteria

Criterion 1:
The applicant establishes their identity

Criterion 2:
The applicant meets English language proficiency criteria

Criterion 3:
The applicant is assessed as meeting current Australian nursing and midwifery education standards

Criterion 4:
The applicant provides evidence of having practised as a nurse and/or midwife within a defined period of time preceding the application.

Criterion 5:
The applicant demonstrates they are ‘fit to practise’ nursing and/or midwifery in Australia

International Nurse and Midwife Bridging Courses

International Nurse and Midwife Graduates Bridging Programs are available at the following organisations:

English language proficiency:
If you have undertaken a nursing education program in a country in which English is not the first language, it is necessary for you to first demonstrate your proficiency in English. The Board accepts the following English language skills tests:

1. The Occupational English Test (OET) – Nursing version

An overall pass must be achieved.

OET postal address:
The OET Centre
GPO Box 372
Melbourne VIC 3001

OET office location:
Level 3, 7 Bowen Crescent
Melbourne VIC 3004

Telephone: +61 3 9825 3800
Facsimile: +61 3 9825 3899
Contact Form: Click here

2. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Test

Score requirements include at least 6.5 in Reading and Listening, and at least 7.0 in Writing and Speaking, with an overall band score of 7.0 or more.

IELTS Australia office location:
Building 20 – Level C
College Street, Bruce
ACT – Canberra – 2617
Telephone: + 61 2 6201 2669 Facsimile: +61 2 6201 5089

Please note:
The English language skills test has a validity period of two (2) years.

A good working knowledge of English is a prerequisite for employment as a nurse in this country.

The following institutions provide courses specifically designed to improve the language proficiency of overseas nurses who have a non-English speaking background:

Barton College of TAFE
South Road
Moorabbin VIC 3189
Telephone: +6103 9209 5000
Contact: Susan Rumbelow

Council of Adult Education
5th Floor, CAE Building
256 Flinders Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Telephone: +61 03 9652 0719

RMIT University
English for Migrant Nurses
Department of Access and Preparatory Studies
Level 5, Room 502A
80 Victoria Street
Carlton VIC 3054
Telephone: +61 03 9925 4373
Contact: Elizabeth Walpole or Lyn Comar

VUT University (formerly Western Metro College of TAFE)
Corner Nicholson and Buckley Streets
Footscray VIC 3011
Telephone: +61 03 9284 8888
Contact: Avril Cooke

Pre-registration programs for overseas qualified nurses

If you are assessed as requiring a pre-registration/supervised practice program, the letter should be presented to the institution/hospital at which you apply for a vacancy.

Entry to an accredited pre-registration program in higher education institutions normally requires an Australian residential permit.

The purpose of the assessment period is to provide you with an orientation to the health care system in Victoria and to enable you to demonstrate your ability to function as a registered nurse in this State. It will be necessary for you to contact the institution/hospital of your choice for admission to complete the pre-registration requirements.

The following institutions conduct accredited pre-registration programs for overseas qualified nurses:

Deakin University – Burwood Campus
211 Burwood Highway
Burwood VIC 3125
Telephone (03) 9244 6120 or 9251 7333

Monash University – Peninsula Campus
McMahons Road
Frankston VIC 3199
Telephone (03) 9904 4260 or 9904 4360

VUT – St Albans Campus
School of Nursing S043,
PO Box 14428
Melbourne VIC 8001
Telephone (03) 9365 2830

La Trobe University – Bendigo Campus
School of Health and Human Sciences
PO Box 199
Bendigo VIC 3550
Telephone (03) 5444 7222

Registration is valid only for the year in which it was granted and expires on 31 May each year.