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Working in Australia

If you are an overseas nurse and keen to work in Australia, there are a huge number of jobs and nurses with excellent skills and experience continue to be in high demand.

Some employers like NNPlus will sponsor nurses with the right mix of skills and experience. You may also find Australian Healthcare organisations and Hospitals willing to sponsor you.

We’ve put together a list of some of the most important things you should consider when organising work as a nurse in another country like Australia:

  • Check the visa requirements of the country you intend to visit. Click here to visit the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs website.
  • Check on any insurance you may need, particularly health (in case you get sick) and professional indemnity (requirements to have your own in some countries/organisations).
  • Research the skills and minimum experience you will need both for securing work and entering the country (some countries have minimum experience requirements if you intend to work there in your profession)
  • What are the Nursing Registration Requirements? Click here to visit the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s website.
  • What are the Medical Requirements to both obtain your visa and to work for some organisations?
  • What is the cost of living versus the average pay rates for nurses where you intend to travel to? For example in Australia, every state and even city is different. Click here to read an article about the cost of living in Australia.
  • Travel costs to get to your destination. For example, Australia is a big country and we are a great travelling distance away from most continents! Consider all of the costs of getting to your destination, particularly if you have arranged a position before you come. Think about planes, trains, buses, car trips, taxis, excess baggage, travel insurance, hotels while you find somewhere to live or while in transit.
  • Are there minimum Financial requirements you must have access to, and show proof of when entering the country for work.

So that is our list of most important (this is not all you should consider but it is a good start) things to consider when moving countries to work as a nurse.

If you made it through all of this research and you are ready to go or have some questions to ask us about how we can help, contact NNPlus now and let’s talk about you coming to Australia!

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