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Nurses - ANC

Australian Nursing Council

The Registered Nurse

Information for Registered Nurses regarding visas and immigration to Australia.

Obtaining a visa to reside permanently in Australia made easy.

On this page you will find all forms and information documents pertaining to Nurses. All documents are listed under "Downloads," top right corner of this page.

The Australian Nursing Council (ANC) is a peak national nursing body concerned with national standards and processes for the regulation of nursing within Australia. It was established by the Australian nurse regulatory authorities in 1992 as a forum for considering the regulation of nursing in Australia within a national focus. Each of the eight state and territory nurse regulatory authorities is represented on this Council.

ANC National Nursing Competency Standards

The Australian Nursing Council (ANC) has published national competency standards for registered and enrolled nurses that are core standards which all nurses must possess. They assist in indicating the scope of nursing practice.

There are two levels of nurses in Australia

  • the registered nurse
  • the enrolled nurse

The Registered Nurse

The registered nurse is a first level nurse, educated in pre-registration degree level courses (Bachelor degree or higher qualification) in universities. A three year diploma could be assessed by ANC as comparable to and Australian degree. Nursing courses are broad based and comprehensive and are designed to prepare candidates to work in a wide variety of health care settings. Registered nurses are licensed to practice nursing in the field/s in which they are registered without supervision, and assume accountability and responsibility for all their actions and aspects of care.

Registered Nurses may apply for skilled migration under ASCO code 2323-11.

The Enrolled Nurse

The enrolled nurse is a second level nurse who provides nursing care within the limits specified by education and the registering authority’s license to practise. Enrolled nurses in Australia are primarily educated through advanced certificate or associated diploma level courses in colleges  of technical and further education, of which the duration is less than three years.

Enrolled nurses work under the direction and supervision of registered nurses but retain responsibility for their own actions and remain accountable to the registered nurse for all delegated functions.

Please Note: There is no ASCO code for the occupation of Enrolled Nurse/Registered Nurse Division 2, therefore applicants with these qualifications may not apply  under the General Skilled Migration Category.

Enrolled Nurses / Registered Nurses without a Bachelors degree or higher qualification will be regarded as Division 2 Nurses.

Statement Pertaining To The Role Of The Enrolled Nurse

The Enrolled Nurse is a second level nurse who provides nursing care within the limits specified by education and the registering authority's licence to practise.

The major aims of education are the development of skill in providing care and comfort for individuals and groups; in supporting individuals and groups in the activities of daily living; in assisting meeting basic human needs, and in observing and reporting changes in individual or group behaviours.

The enrolled nurse works under the direction and supervision of the registered nurse. At all times, the enrolled nurse retains responsibility for his/her actions and remains accountable to the registered nurse for all delegated functions.

Supervision means the direction and guidance given by a registered nurse to an enrolled nurse. The supervision may be direct or indirect according to the nature of the work delegated to the enrolled nurse.

Registering authorities expect that on initial enrolment, the enrolled nurse may, with the supervision of a registered nurse, provide patient care in all relatively stable nursing situations and assist the registered nurse with patient care in less stable nursing situations.

The enrolled nurse practises with and under the direction and supervision of the registered nurse, and assists in the provision of nursing care. Enrolled nurses retain responsibility for their personal actions whilst remaining accountable to the registered nurse for all delegated functions.

Are there any Language Competency Requirements?

In Australia English is the language of communication in health care settings therefore it is essential that nurses have a level of proficiency in English which enables them to communicate competently and safely with clients and colleagues.

In accordance with ANC Policy the requirement to complete an English language proficiency test is waived where a nurses education leading to registration was undertaken in the United Kingdom, Ireland, USA, South Africa, or Zimbabwe.

The requirement to complete an English language proficiency test for nurses from Canada is waived provided the nurses initial nursing education has been completed in Canada, the nurse has gained registration in Canada through examination and that examination was in English.

All other nurses are required to successfully complete one of the following English Language Tests:

1. Occupational English Test (OET) for Nurses

The required pass level is a B pass or above in all four sections of the test, giving an overall pass.

2. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Academic Test.

The required pass level is a score of not less than 6.5 in each of the four sections of the test with an overall score of not less than 7.

The test must have been undertaken not more than two years before lodging the application for assessment. Original copies of the results of the test should be forwarded to ANC by the organisation that conducted the test. The results of the test must be forwarded to ANC prior to completion of the assessment.




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