To work as a health practitioner in Australia, you need to apply for and be registered with the relevant national board. You may also need to apply for a visa issued by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (Australian Immigration Department).
These two application processes are entirely separate and success in one does not automatically guarantee success in the other.
More information on visa applications, including skills assessments and assessing authorities is available on the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
Internationally qualified applicants must meet the registration standards of their health profession which includes the English language skills registration standard and the Criminal history registration standard.
Additional requirements also apply to the following professions:
An international criminal history check will be required in circumstances where an applicant declares that they have resided in a country, other than Australia, for a period exceeding 6 months when aged 18 years or more, or if they have declared a criminal history in a jurisdiction outside of Australia.
The applicant will be required to apply and pay the cost for their international criminal history report, for all countries identified, directly to an AHPRA approved supplier before applying for registration.
For further information, please refer to the International criminal history checks page.
Internationally qualified applicants who did not complete their secondary education in English must demonstrate that they have the necessary English language skills for registration purposes. For specific requirements for the nursing and midwifery professions refer to Nursing and midwifery frequently asked questions English language skills (190 KB,PDF).
National Boards (with the exception of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia) may grant an exemption from the requirements where the applicant provides evidence that they:
More information is available in the following registration standards: