The National Boards’ temporary policy position of accepting specific additional English language tests ended on 21 February 2023 for applicants who need to use the test pathway to meet the English language skills registration standard. This temporary policy was in place in response to COVID-19.
You should refer to the English language skills standard for your profession (see below) about registration requirements. An update about English language tests will be published soon.
All 16 professions have a registration standard for English language skills. These standards apply to all applicants for initial registration, regardless of whether they qualified in Australia or overseas.
The standards are:
All of the profession specific standards share many elements with the common standard.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board introduced a revised standard that took effect on 1 December 2019.
All other professions, except Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice and Paramedicine, introduced revised standards in 2015. The revised standards were developed after a review of the previous standards, which included a public consultation. The consultation report provides a summary of responses, rationale for any changes and sets out the proposed way forward, including areas where further work is planned.
The revised standards introduced additional pathways for applicants to demonstrate evidence of their English language skills. Diagrams of how these work are included under ‘additional resources’.
To view the English language skills registration standard and supporting documents for nurses and midwives, please visit the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia website.
For more information about the tests, please refer to the provider’s website. Please note that at home and/or ‘indicative’ versions of any of the English language skills tests or versions that include any element of remote proctoring have not been approved by the Boards for regulatory purposes so cannot be accepted.
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