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Midwife Career Information

Occupation statistics

12,900 midwives in Australia1

3,328 midwives in Victoria (25.8%)1

Average gross weekly earnings AUD$1,3002

Average weekly hours 39.83

View the Job Outlook website for career and labour market research information about this occupation.

A midwife standing beside a nurses station in a hospital 

Victoria is currently offering visa nomination for eligible midwives and graduate midwives. To be eligible to apply for nomination, midwives must meet Victoria's minimum eligibility requirements and address the nomination assessment requirements for the occupation.  See the Occupation Lists for more information.

More detailed information about applying for Victorian Government visa nomination is available in the Visas and Immigration section.

Licensing and registration

To work as a midwife in Victoria you must be with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

For more information on registration, please contact:

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency
GPO Box 9958
Canberra ACT 2601
Telephone: 61 3 8708 9001
Email: Online enquiry form


Think about applying for licensing and registration before you arrive in Australia, once you have your visa, as the process can take some time.

Industry contacts

Professional bodies and industry associations are a good source of information about midwives in Victoria.

Finding a job

Midwives are employed in public and private hospitals, community health centres and other health care facilities. They may work with nursing agencies, international aid agencies or be self-employed.

Midwives are employed across several industries including: Health Care and Social Assistance; Public Administration and Safety; Administrative and Support Services; and Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.3


We suggest that you only apply for jobs when your visa to live and work in Australia has been issued. The visa application process can take time, and employers are less likely to employ you if you don’t know when you will arrive in Australia and don’t have a work visa.

To search for Victorian recruiters who specialise in midwives, visit the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association's Member Index.

For more general information on Victoria’s job market, including where and how to find jobs, and workplace culture, visit our Working and Employment section.

Migrating to Victoria

If you are not an Australian citizen you will need a visa to enter Australia. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) is responsible for all Australian visas.

Some visas require state nomination.  Victoria offers state nomination for eligible skilled migrants and business migrants

Australian skills assessment 

For information on obtaining an Australian skills or qualification assessment, and the licensing or registration requirements for practicing your occupation in Australia, see the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

1 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook – Occupation pages – Employment levels. Retrieved March 22 2012 from

2 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook - Occupation pages. Retrieved March 22 2012 from Please note that wages will vary according to your level of skill and qualification. For more information about your wage earning potential, visit the job seeker sites listed above under Finding a Job.

3 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook - Occupation pages - Prospects for Employment. Retrieved March 22 2012 from