There is currently a huge demand for nurses in Australia, and along with the enviable weather and the relaxing lifestyle, it can be a tempting opportunity for nurses from the UK with the relevant qualifications and experience.
So if you fancy swapping those grey days for glorious sunshine, but aren’t quite ready to hang up your nurses uniform just yet, here’s all you need to know about nursing in Australia.
Nurses and midwives are required all over Australia in a variety of specialisms. Qualified nurses with at least one years’ experience are required in all of the major city hospitals. Whilst the majority of nurses from the UK will end up in large hospitals in urban areas, there are a number of opportunities to work in more remote settings, such as in smaller outback hospitals. These are often described as ‘Areas of Need’ and in many cases will offer incentives such as higher salaries to attract the best nurses.
Not only will Australia tempt you with all the benefits of a completely different lifestyle but it’s also likely to enhance your career prospects and offer an attractive salary to boot.
UK migrants tend to feel less pressure in nursing jobs in Australia. Whilst the infrastructure is similar to the UK, there are less targets to meet, shorter working hours and the patient to nurse ration is much lower in Australia, allowing increased focus on patient care.
Salaries will differ dependent on the Territory or State, and of course will depend on the level of your experience but pay is favourable compared to the UK.
You can apply to work as a nurse in Australia a number of ways. If you are looking to move to Australia permanently, you can apply for a Skilled Migrant Visa, though eligibility may depend on the level of qualification you hold. Alternatively, you may work in Australia temporarily by applying for a Temporary Visa, or if you are between the ages of 18-30 you may visit on Working Holiday Visa allowing you to work and travel around Australia.
If you are currently training to be a nurse, you may wish to consider a registered nursing course in Australia. This may allow you to apply for a Student Visa.
Before finding work in Australia, you will need to be registered – just as you would in the UK with the NMC. In Australia, you must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
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