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Registered Nurse Career Information

Occupation statistics

214,000 registered nurses in Australia1

52,430 registered nurses in Victoria (24.5%)1

Average gross weekly earnings AUD$1,1502

Average weekly hours 35.93

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

A registered nurse using medical equipment 

Victoria is currently offering visa nomination for eligible nurse practitioners, registered nurses and graduates in the following areas:

  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
  • Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)
  • Registered Nurse (Community Health)
  • Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)
  • Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)
  • Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)
  • Registered Nurse (Medical)
  • Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)
  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
  • Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
  • Registered Nurse (Surgical)
  • Registered Nurse (Not Elsewhere Classified)
  • Midwives

To be eligible to apply for nomination, nurse practitioners and registered nurses 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 nurse practitioner or registered nurse in Victoria you must be registered 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
Website: www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au

Tip

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 nurse practitioners and registered nurses in Victoria.


Finding a job

Registered nurses are employed in public and private hospitals, nursing homes and the general community.

Registered nurses are employed across several industries including: Health Care and Social Assistance; Public Administration and Safety; Administrative and Support Services; and Education and Training.3


Tip

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 registered nurses, 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 April 3 2012 from joboutlook.gov.au

2 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook - Occupation pages. Retrieved April 3 2012 from joboutlook.gov.au. 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 April 3 2012 from joboutlook.gov.au