International services

Review of the English language proficiency standard

ANMAC is introducing changes to English language Proficiency (ELP) requirements from 1 July 2016 after a review against contemporary information on testing options. For further information please read the Communique on changes to English language proficiency requirements (383 KB)

New website design coming soon

Get ready for our fresh and exciting new website to be released soon. Along with the change to the website may come some revision to the forms and required documents. Watch this space.

Please read - important information for applicants 

  • ANMAC is only responsible for undertaking skills assessment of nurses and midwives for migration purposes
  • A successful outcome of a skills assessment by ANMAC does not qualify an applicant for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia to work in Australia
  • The registration process is independent and separate to the skilled migration process. To work as a nurse or midwife in Australia you must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and meet the Board’s registration standards.


The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council’s (ANMAC) International Services section assesses the skills of nurses and midwives seeking to migrate to Australia under Australia’s General Skilled Migration program. ANMAC is the independent assessing authority authorised by law to conduct these assessments by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). We determine if an applicant’s nursing or midwifery qualifications are suitable for permanent migration.

The ANMAC Revised Standards for Assessment of Nurses and Midwives for Migration Purposes (June 2013) support this role and describe the process of assessment of the educational qualifications and work experience of internationally educated nurses and midwives.

Who we assess

ANMAC’s International Services section currently assesses the skills of:

  • internationally qualified nurses
  • internationally qualified midwives
  • international nursing and midwifery students studying in Australia who have completed their course and gained Australian registration.

Assessment categories

ANMAC only assesses nurses and midwives applying for skilled migration visas to enter Australia and we do this under two categories:

  1. Modified assessment - for applicants holding current registration in Australia or New Zealand
  2. Full assessment - for applicants holding current registration outside Australia or New Zealand.

We do not

By law ANMAC cannot, and does not, handle these functions:

  1. Register nurses or midwives to work in Australia. This is the responsibility of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
  2. Employ nurses and midwives in Australia.
  3. Give advice on how you can get your name on Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency’s (AHPRA) online public Register of Practitioners. Please contact AHPRA for information on how to:
    • enter your name on the register
    • maintain your name on it
    • re-enter your name on it.
  4. Give advice on visa or immigration matters. Please contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) for information on visa or immigration matters.
  5. If found unsuitable for migration, give specific advice on what you need to do to become suitable for migration.
  6. Give advice on employment or industrial relations matters.
  7. Conduct education courses.

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