Delivering a Healthy WA
Nursing and midwifery in Western Australia

Requirements to work in WA

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To be eligible for employment as a nurse or a midwife in Western Australia, you must obtain the following:

  • professional registration with the Nurses and Midwives Board of Australia
  • a criminal record clearance and pass a working with children screening
  • have Australian or New Zealand citizenship, Australian permanent residency or a visa that allows you to work in Australia.

Registration

To work as a nurse or midwife you need to be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

The Nursing and Midwifery Office cannot advise you in regard to your eligibility or application for registration. For queries related to registration as a nurse or midwife please contact Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

English language requirements (PDF) for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Further information is available from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia's frequently asked questions and fact sheets.

I’m a new graduate nurse or midwife

2010 Graduates should visit Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. All new graduates are required to apply for registration.

Already registered as a nurse or midwife in Australia?

Nurses or midwives who have previously been registered in another state or territory of Australia just need to check the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency’s Register of Practitioners.

I’m from New Zealand

Nurses or midwives who are currently registered in New Zealand are eligible to apply for registration.

I’m from overseas

Nurses and midwives who qualified as a nurse or midwife overseas and are not currently registered in Australia or New Zealand should review Framework for the Assessment of Internationally Qualified Nurses and Midwives for Registration (PDF)

Criminal screening

Before starting work with WA Health, all potential employees need to pass a criminal record clearance and those who will work in an area that cares for children (under the age of 18) will also need to pass a working with children check (external site).

Working visas

We welcome the diversity and wealth of experience that overseas applicants bring to our hospitals and health services.

There are a number of visa options available to nurses and midwives entering WA.

WA Health is able to assist with sponsorship for temporary or permanent visas. Sponsorship is currently only negotiated with experienced nurses and midwives applying for positions in areas of critical shortage, ie midwifery, mental health, paediatrics, and regional areas.

To apply for sponsorship, you must do the following:

  1. Get registered as a Registered Nurse or Midwife with the Nurses and Midwives Board of Australia
  2. Apply for a full-time job
  3. When successful in being offered a job - negotiate sponsorship with the employing hospital/health service

Enrolled nurses are generally not eligible for sponsorship with WA Health. Enrolled nurses are paid under the minimum salary set by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship as a requirement for sponsorship.

Overseas registered nurses and midwives need to obtain WA registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia prior to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (external site) approving the sponsorship visa.

You can also apply independently for a working visa. For further advice and assistance about which visa suits you please contact the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

We are unable to assist with sponsorship for a visa for nurses or midwives to complete bridging courses, English language testing or any other training or education based in WA.

More about moving to WA:

» Why live and work in WA?
» Bridging your registration
» Working for WA Health