FAQs

Do I need a skills assessment?

Before you apply for a skills assessment

During your assessment

After your assessment

Do I need a skills assessment?

I am coming to Australia on a working holiday or temporary visa. Do I need a migration skills assessment by ANMAC?

You only need to have your qualifications and skills assessed by ANMAC if you are migrating to Australia under the General Skilled Migration program. Check with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection if you need a skills assessment prior to applying for your visa.

Where can I find information on where to work?

ANMAC does not provide information on where you can find employment as a nurse or midwife.

Employment websites include opportunities for nurses and midwives. To find these, search through your web browser, using phrases like ‘nursing employment Australia’, ‘midwifery employment Australia’ and ‘health jobs’.

How do I get an employer to sponsor me?

ANMAC does not provide information on employer sponsorship. Contact employers and nursing and/or midwifery agencies directly to find out about sponsorship options. For more information visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

What do I need to work in Australia as a nurse or midwife?

To work in Australia as a nurse or midwife, you need to be registered with the the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and maintain current registration.

To register contact the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Before you apply for a skills assessment

How do I apply to have my skills assessed?

Go to application options. Select the option that best describes you. This will take you to the correct information you need to apply for the right type of migration skills assessment.

Who can certify the documents I need to post to ANMAC for assessment?

The only people who can certify your documents are a:

  • Legal Practitioner
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Peace Commissioner
  • Commissioner of Oaths
  • Commissioner of Declarations
  • Notary Public Judge
  • Magistrate
  • person legally designated to sign documents from an embassy or consulate.

ANMAC recommends you ask the person who certifies your application form to certify all other documents.

Does the person who certifies my documents just sign each one?

The person who certifies your documents has to:

  1. Include this statement on every document: I certify that this is a true copy of the original document
  2. Put their signature underneath the statement.
  3. State which profession they are a member of (they must be on ANMAC’s list of accepted professionals)
  4. Include the date, their contact address and their phone number.
  5. Apply an official stamp or seal, if available.

Submitting incorrectly certified documents may delay your assessment.

Do I require a full assessment or modified assessment?

If you are an enrolled nurse, registered nurse, or midwife in Australia and/or New Zealand, and your name appears on AHPRA’s online public Register of Practitioners, you qualify for a modified assessment.

If you hold registration as a nurse or midwife anywhere else in the world you may qualify for a full assessment.

How do I know if I am a registered nurse in Australia?

If you hold current registration as a registered nurse with AHPRA your name will appear on AHPRA’s online public Register of Practitioners.

Please note, an eligibility letter from AHPRA is not evidence of registration.

How do I know if I am a registered midwife in Australia?

If you hold current registration as a midwife with AHPRA your name will appear on AHPRA’s online public Register of Practitioners.

Please note, an eligibility letter from AHPRA is not evidence of registration.

How do I know if I am an enrolled nurse in Australia?

If you hold current registration as an enrolled nurse with AHPRA your name will appear on AHPRA’s online public Register of Practitioners.

Please note, an eligibility letter from AHPRA is not evidence of registration.

Do I need to do an English language test as part of my migration skills assessment?

Australia is an English speaking country and it is important that healthcare professionals working here are proficient in English (reading, speaking, writing and listening). This enables nurses and midwives to communicate competently and safely with patients and their families, colleagues and other health professionals.

Full assessment applications

All internationally-qualified nurses and midwives without Australian or New Zealand registration (regardless of country of birth) have to provide English language test results.

Modified assessment applicants

If you are applying for a modified assessment you do not need to provide English language test results. This means you are registered with:

What English language test does ANMAC accept?

We accept successful completion of either:

  1. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Test. Nurses and midwives must achieve a score of 7 or more in reading, listening, writing and speaking with an overall band score of 7 or more.
  2. Occupational English Test (OET) For Nurses. Nurses and midwives must achieve a B pass or higher in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Please note, you must get the minimum score in one sitting. ANMAC accepts test results that are up to 2 years old. You only have to pass one of these tests, not both. Test results must be posted directly to ANMAC from the test centre.

What is a verification/certificate of registration letter and why do I need one?

A verification/certificate of registration letter or a certificate of good standing, confirms your registration, good standing and fitness to practice as a nurse or midwife. It is provided by the organisation responsible for registering nurses and midwives in your country or jurisdiction.

This organisation must post an original certificate to ANMAC , this can be arranged before you apply to ANMAC for a migration skills assessment. Once received, we keep your verification/certificate of registration on file and match it to your application when we process it. Use this example (272 KB) as a guide. We cannot accept a photocopy, fax or scanned copy of the letter from you or any other source.

When I apply, which Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) Code do I use?

To apply under an ANZSCO Code you must have evidence that you are currently registered as a nurse or midwife, and practising in the field. As a registered nurse if your area of expertise is not listed you need to nominate 254499 (NEC) as your ANZSCO code.

Do I need to submit professional references for an assessment?

Full skills assessment applications

Full assessments must provide at least one professional reference that provides evidence of at least three months (full time equivalent) paid work experience as a nurse or midwife. ANMAC has provided an example (200 KB) to explain the requirements.

Modified skills assessment applicants

If you are applying under ANZSCO codes 254499, 254111, or 411411 and do not need to obtain extra points towards your visa application, you are not required to submit professional references. If you are applying for an assessment under any other ANZSCO Code, you need to provide a professional reference of at least three months (full time equivalent) paid work experience in that setting. ANMAC has provided an example that helps to explain the professional reference requirements.

If you need to provide evidence of recent skilled employment (under any ANZSCO Code) in Australia or internationally in order to obtain points towards your visa application you will need to provide a professional reference of at least 36 months (full time equivalent) international experience or 12 months (full time equivalent) Australian experience. ANMAC has provided an example that helps to explain the professional reference requirements.

Who can I use for my professional references?

You should use the person who directly managed or supervised you. This person must be a nurse or midwife.

What information do my professional references need to provide?

On official letterhead your professional references need to provide:

  • your dates of employment
  • your areas of experience
  • a statement about your professional competence and safety as a nurse or midwife
  • examples of your professional competence as a nurse or midwife (the day to day activities you undertake)
  • details of continuing professional development.

Your referee needs to date their original letter and include their name, position and contact details. The reference must be signed by the referee.

ANMAC has provided an example that helps to explain the criteria listed above. If your professional references do not meet the above criteria we cannot accept the reference.

What is a 'transcript or syllabus' of nursing or midwifery education?

Transcript

A transcript is a document your training or educational institution or university issues, to outline the subjects you have studied. The details ANMAC requires include information on the number of theory and clinical hours completed during your course. You may need to contact the school of nursing directly for this information.

Some institutions will post the transcript directly to us and others will post it to you (in this case you need to certify a copy and post it to ANMAC). Once received, we will keep your transcript on file and match it to your application when we process it.

Syllabus

If you cannot obtain a transcript, ANMAC will accept a syllabus covering the course details from the period in which you were trained. This syllabus must come directly from the training institution or the nursing and/or midwifery regulatory authority in the country where you were trained. We cannot accept a syllabus you provide yourself.

What happens if my training institution has closed?

If you cannot get a transcript because your training institution has closed, you can apply to the nursing and/or midwifery regulatory authority in the country where you were trained and ask them to post the syllabus information relating to your period of training to ANMAC. The syllabus must come directly from the institution or authority. We cannot accept a syllabus you provide yourself.

What is an initial registration certificate?

This certificate is issued by the nursing and/or midwifery regulatory authority when you first registered as a nurse and/or midwife.

The initial registration certificate is generally the size of a sheet of A4 paper not a card, visit our resources page for more information.

What is a practicing licence?

A practising licence is generally the size and shape of a credit card and is the official document you receive after paying a registration fee to your nursing and/or midwifery regulatory authority.

Some regulatory authorities do not issue these licences. ANMAC do not require a copy of your practicing licence for your assessment unless requested by your assessor.

During your assessment

What happens when you get my application and payment?

Once you have completed the online application form and made your payment, we email you:

  • a receipt
  • Reference number
  • Your cover letter
  • Further instructions and links to resources to assist with the assessment process.

How long does it take to process my skills assessment application?

The processing time can vary throughout the year. Our website is regularly updated with the approximate processing times.

Please note, applications that are missing information will take longer to process while we contact you to provide the additional information required.

What can I do to fast track my application?

ANMAC does not provide a priority service for assessments under any circumstance. To be fair and equal to all applicants, we assess applications in the order we receive them.

What do I do if I have not heard from ANMAC on the outcome of my skills assessment and I am worried my visa will run out?

If you are worried your visa will run out contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and request information about your visa options.

ANMAC will update you by email on the status of your assessment. There is no requirement to be onshore when you apply for an ANMAC migration skills assessment.

How can I check the status of my application?

ANMAC will update you by email on the status of your assessment when it has commenced.

How do I change my postal address after submitting an application?

If you have moved or your postal address has changed from the one provided on your cover letter, email international@anmac.org.au with your name, reference number and your new postal address as soon as possible. ANMAC will reply to your email when the request has been actioned.

Please note that ANMAC will not be held responsible for delays resulting from documentation being posted to the wrong postal address.

After your assessment

My assessment has been completed but I need professional references assessed, how do I get this new information on my existing Letter of Determination?

You can ask us to assess your professional reference by emailing your assessor or international@anmac.org.au. This service costs $50.00. ANMAC only accepts payments by VISA or MasterCard.

You need to provide your original Letter of Determination to ANMAC before it can be reissued.

If I have lost or misplaced my Letter of Determination, how do I get it reissued?

Your Letter of Determination can be reissued by emailing your assessor or international@anmac.org.au. This service costs $50. ANMAC only accepts payments by VISA or MasterCard.

Can I appeal the result of my migration skills assessment by ANMAC?

Steps to appeal ANMAC’s decision:

  1. Email international@anmac.org.au include your full name, date of birth, registration number and state why you are appealing. You must email ANMAC within 30 days of the date on your Letter of Determination.
  2. ANMAC will acknowledge your email and ask you to pay $400.00 to have your application for appeal considered. ANMAC only accepts payments by VISA or MasterCard.

What if I do not agree with the outcome of ANMAC’s appeal?

The outcome of our review is final.

Can I have my documents forwarded to AHPRA/NMBA?

AHPRA no longer accepts documents forwarded by ANMAC. If you need to apply for Australian registration after your full assessment has been completed, contact AHPRA.