Frequently Asked Questions

Skilled Migration Services

Definitions

ANMAC helps to protect the health and safety of the Australian community by establishing high-quality standards of nursing and midwifery education, training and assessment. We are the:

  • independent accrediting authority for nursing and midwifery education under Australia’s National Regulation and Accreditation Scheme
  • skills assessing authority for nurses and midwives wishing to migrate under the Australia Government’s General Skilled Migration program.

What we do:

  • develop and review accreditation standards for nursing and midwifery programs of study in Australia
  • accredit nursing and midwifery programs leading to registration or endorsement
  • accredit Australian education providers of nursing and midwifery programs
  • assess international qualified nurses and midwives for General Skilled Migration to Australia
  • develop, review and provide policy advice on accreditation and skilled migration of nurses and midwives to relevant organisations
  • liaise with national and international professional bodies, regulators and educators on matters related to standards of education and practice.

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia undertakes the following:

  • Registering nursing and midwifery practitioners and students
  • Developing standards, codes and guidelines for the nursing and midwifery profession
  • Handling notifications, complaints, investigations and disciplinary hearings
  • Assessing overseas trained practitioners who wish to practise in Australia
  • Approving accreditation standards and accredited courses of study

The Department of Home Affairs is responsible for immigration to Australia and will assess your application for a visa to migrate.

Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) are codes applied to occupations for statistical purposes. These codes are used by the Department of Home Affairs in the skilled visa program, where it is a requirement for visa eligibility, as the standard by which a visa applicant’s skills to undertake a specific occupation in Australia are assessed.

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, conducts the assessment for registration on behalf of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Before you apply for a skills assessment

Do I need a skills assessment?

Information on visa requirements is on the Department of Home Affairs website under each visa type. It is important to check what visa requirements affect you before applying to ANMAC for a skills assessment.

You only need to have your qualifications and skills assessed by ANMAC if you are migrating to Australia under the General Skilled Migration program to work as a nurse or midwife. Check with the Department of Home Affairs if you need a skills assessment before you apply for your visa. 

ANMAC does not find employment for nurses or midwives or provide them with information or advice on employment opportunities, including where or how you can find work.

ANMAC does not provide nurses or midwives with information on employer sponsorship. Contact employers and nursing or midwifery agencies to find out about this. For more information visit the Department of Home Affairs.

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

To register contact the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Go to application options. Select the option that applies to your situation. This will take you to the information you need to apply for the right type of migration skills assessment.

If you hold registration as a registered nurse, enrolled nurse or midwife in Australia and/or New Zealand and your name appears on AHPRA’s online public Register of practitioners you may qualify for a Modified Skills Assessment.

If you do not hold current registration in Australia and/or New Zealand but have a 'Notice of in principle approval of registration subject to proof of identity' letter from AHPRA you may qualify for a Modified PLUS Skills Assessment.

If you are a registered nurse in the United Kingdom, the United States, Hong Kong, Canada or Ireland and also have a minimum Bachelor of Nursing qualification from that country then you may qualify for a Full Skills Assessment. 

If you are a registered midwife from Canada, the United Kingdom or Ireland and have a minimum Bachelor of Midwifery qualification from that country then you may qualify for a full skills assessment. 

Go to application options. Select the option that applies to your situation and then follow the instructions.

 

Supporting documentation

The documents required for each assessment type differ. 

All applicants must provide

  • verification of registration (also known as certificate of good standing) should be arranged from every country or jurisdiction where you have held registration, this should be emailed directly from the regulatory authority to verification@anmac.org.au. Where email is unavailable the relevant authority can post the verification directly to ANMAC.
  • proof of identity:
    • bio-statistical page(s) of passport
    • change of name documents (marriage certificate, decree nisi, deed poll)
    • a passport-sized photograph taken in the last 6 months
  • graduation certificate, include commencement and completion dates
  • professional references that support your work as a paid nurse or midwife, if you require points recognition from the Department of Home Affairs.

Full applicants must also provide

  • English language test results - include the test number and date of test completion.
  • transcripts of training, include commencement and completion dates, as well as theory and practice hours.  If the university cannot provide this information, ANMAC will accept a copy of the syllabus.
  • professional references supporting a minimum 3 months paid work experience as a nurse or midwife.

Please note: ANMAC may request extra documents from you that are not on these lists. You will receive a detailed checklist once you have submitted your application online.

A verification of registration, or certificate of good standing letter, confirms your registration, good standing and fitness to practice as a nurse or midwife. The organisation responsible for registering nurses and midwives in each country or jurisdiction provides this.

Please ask the regulatory authority to post or email a verification of registration or certificate of good standing letter to our office directly before applying to ANMAC for a migration skills assessment. We cannot accept a photocopy, fax or scanned copy of the letter from you or any other source.

Once received, we keep your verification of registration or certificate of good standing letter on file and match it to your application when we process it.

ANMAC does not supply applicants with a form to request this document. We do not accept emails from free web-based email accounts. 

ANMAC no longer requires registration of verification from AHPRA. We will verify your Australian registration status electronically.

All applications remain open for 12 months from the date that you applied online. Access to the online portal will automatically cease on this date.

All supporting documents uploaded for your Migration Skills Assessment must meet these minimum scanning requirements:

  • original documents only
  • scanned in colour
  • scanned at a resolution of 600 dpi (dots per inch) or above.
  • file must be a .pdf

The passport sized photo must be a jpeg, .jpg or .png. 

You may need to change the settings of the scanner to meet these requirements.

Please make sure you scroll down the page and select ‘save’. This will make sure the documents you have just uploaded will reach the assessment team.

Registration

The assessment for registration is separate to the assessment for skilled migration. The assessment for registration is conducted by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) on behalf of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. You need to submit an application to AHPRA for assessment for registration and meet the requirements for registration.

If you hold current registration as a registered nurse, enrolled nurse or midwife your name will appear on AHPRA's online public Register of Practitioners

English Language Test

Modified skills assessment applicants

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

MODIFIED PLUS SKILLS ASSESSMENT

If you are applying for a Modified PLUS Skills Assessment you do not need to provide English language test results. This means you have a 'Notice of in principle approval of registration subject to proof of identity' letter from: 

Full skills 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.

Australia’s official language is English 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.

We accept successful completion of:

  1. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test.
    Applicants must achieve a minimum overall score of 7 and a minimum score of 7 in each of the 4 components - listening, reading, writing and speaking.
    ANMAC only accept test results from one test sitting OR a maximum of two test sittings, in a six-month period only if the applicant achieves: 
    a) a minimum overall score of 7 in each sitting 
    AND
    b) no score in any component of the test is below 6.5
  2. Occupational English Test (OET) for nurses.
    Applicants must achieve a minimum score of B in each of the 4 components - listening, reading, writing and speaking. 
    ANMAC only accept test results from 1 test sitting OR a maximum of 2 test sittings, in a 6 month period only if the applicant:
    a) is tested in all 4 components in each sitting 
    AND
    b) no score in any component of the test is below C
  3. Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic. 
    Applicants must achieve a minimum overall score of 65 AND a minimum score of 65 in each of the 4 communicative skills - listening, reading, writing and speaking.
    ANMAC only accept test results from 1 test sitting OR a maximum of 2 test sittings, in a 6 month period only if the applicant achieves: 
    a) a minimum overall score of 65 in each sitting
    AND
    b) no score in any of the four communicative skills is below 58
  4. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT.
    Applicants must achieve a minimum total score of 94 AND the following minimum score in each section of the test - 24 listening, 24 reading, 27 writing, 23 speaking 
    ANMAC only accept test results from 1 test sitting, OR a maximum of 2 test sittings in a 6 month period only if the applicant achieves: 
    a) a minimum total score of 94 in each sitting 
    AND
    b) no score in any of the sections is below - 20 listening, 19 reading, 24 writing, 20 speaking 

ANMAC accepts test results that are up to 2 years old. You only have to pass 1 of these tests, not all of them. Scores from 2 different tests cannot be combined. 

These are currently the only language tests that ANMAC accepts. Any changes to this will be published on the website.

 

ANZSCO codes and professional references

The ANZSCO code you select depends on your individual circumstances, the visa you are applying for and your relevant work experience.

You should refer to the Skilled Occupations List to see which codes are available for you to select.  A description of the ANZSCO codes is on the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.

Your ANZSCO code should reflect your work experience and, generally, your most recent area of work experience.  If you do not have work experience, you should select the 254499 Registered Nurse (Not Elsewhere Classified) code.

If you nominate a specific ANZSCO code (other than 254499 Not Elsewhere Classified), you must provide a professional reference that supports a minimum 3 months paid work experience in this area within the last 5 years.

If you require more information, please contact the Department of Home Affairs or a registered Migration Agent.

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) related to the tasks required for your ANZSCO code
  • details of continuing professional development
  • signature of the referee (electronic signatures are not acceptable).

Your referee needs to date their original letter and include their name, position and contact details. The contact details should include an official email address.

Please note: does not accept emails from free web-based email accounts. 

ANMAC has a template (58 KB) that explains this criteria. If your professional references do not meet this criteria we cannot accept the reference.

You should use the person who directly managed or supervised you. This person must be a nurse or midwife. If your direct supervisor is not a nurse or midwife, a statement to this effect should be included in the reference. We do not accept references from Human Resources or Payroll departments. 

Nurses or midwives who work for an agency need to provide a: 

  • service statement from the agency detailing employment dates and number of hours worked. 
  • a professional reference from an institution where you regularly work that meets ANMAC's professional reference requirements (58 KB)

If you would like ANMAC to report on your work for points recognition by the Department of Home Affairs you will need to submit professional references that meet ANMAC criteria. You must have a minimum 1 year paid work in Australia and/or a minimum of 3 years paid work overseas.

Work experience will not be considered if there is no corresponding nursing registration in that jurisdiction at that time. 

During your assessment

The status of your application is available by logging in to your account. 

Further supporting documents can be uploaded to your account by logging in.

After your assessment

Please call ANMAC on +61 2 6257 7960 to discuss your options with the assessment team.

Yes, if you would like to change your nominated ANZSCO code please contact us to confirm the need for additional professional references. You may be required to provide additional proof of work experience in a specific clinical area. You will be advised as to the process from here. 

If there is an error on your Letter of Determination please call ANMAC on +61 2 6257 7960 to discuss the error with the assessment team.

Yes you can. To appeal ANMAC’s decision follow these steps:

  1. Contact us with your:
    • full name
    • date of birth
    • reference number
    • the reason 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 $200.00 to have your application for appeal considered. ANMAC only accepts payments by VISA or MasterCard.

The appeals process is governed by our Appeals Policy (193 KB).

You will need to wait 2 years from the date the determination was made. This date can be found on the determination letter issued by ANMAC.

All determination letters issued by ANMAC are valid for 2 years from the date the determination was made.

Determination letters are valid for 2 years from the date of issue. To have a valid Letter of Determination past this date you will need to re-apply.

Program accreditation

Students

Part of ANMAC’s role is to monitor education providers and deal with complaints. If you have a concern with the program you are enrolled in, or a concern with your education provider, your first step is to address that concern with the education provider by following their policy on complaints. If you believe that your complaint has not been addressed after taking this first step, please contact us. ANMAC can only address complaints in relation to the relevant accreditation standard of the program. If possible, when writing to ANMAC about your complaint, please reference the standard and criteria you believe are involved.

If your complaint is not within ANMAC’s scope, you can refer your complaint to the Overseas Student Ombudsman who provides the following functions:

  • can investigate complaints about problems that intending, current or former overseas students have with private schools, colleges and universities (education providers) in Australia
  • provides information about best practice complaints handling to help private education providers manage internal complaints effectively
  • publishes reports on problems and broader issues in international education that we identify through investigations.

Part of ANMAC’s role is to monitor education providers and deal with complaints. If you have a concern with the program you are enrolled in, or a concern with your education provider, your first step is to address that concern with the education provider by following their policy on complaints. If you believe that your complaint has not been addressed after taking this first step, please contact us. ANMAC can only address complaints in relation to the relevant accreditation standard of the program. When writing to ANMAC about your complaint, please reference the standard and criteria you believe are involved.

For general information about the status of nursing or midwifery registration or endorsement contact the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). If you have further questions on registration or endorsement, including return-to-practice requirements contact AHPRA.

You can find out by visiting the Approved programs of study list on the NMBA website. If the program you want to enrol in is not on this list, it has not been accredited by ANMAC or approved by the NMBA and may not lead to registration as a nurse or midwife in Australia.

Assessment Process

The Program Monitoring Report (PMR) replaces the Annual Declaration and is designed to confirm the program continues to be delivered as accredited, against the relevant accreditation standards. The PMR is completed annually and is due on the anniversary of approval of the program. The PMR template will be sent to the education provider one month before it is due.

The PMR is reviewed by an Associate Director who uses the information to complete a risk assessment. The risk assessment is endorsed by the Director Accreditation Services and communicated to the education provider in writing.

An Intention to Submit (219 KB) form should be completed and provided to ANMAC. ANMAC will contact the Education Provider on receipt of the document to discuss planned timeframes.

 

Section 50 of the National Law requires ANMAC to monitor programs. ANMAC’s monitoring methods include routine and targeted.

Routine

Routine monitoring is undertaken through the Program Monitoring Report (PMR) These reports are completed annually to confirm that a program continues to be delivered as accredited and to report all program changes not required prospectively.

Targeted

Targeted monitoring addresses a specific concern relating to a program or an education provider. It includes the submission of specified program information, written reports and additional site visits.

Targeted monitoring can be placed on a program at the time of accreditation, during routine or existing targeted monitoring and/or as a result of managing a complaint. Targeted monitoring can also be applied ad-hoc to address an immediate concern relating to a program or an education provider.

Complete the Intention to Submit form on the website. On receipt of this document, ANMAC will contact the education provider to discuss timeframes. An Accreditation Schedule and the relevant application pack will be sent to the education provider confirming timeframes for the accreditation assessment of application.

Applications currently with ANMAC, and applications due to be submitted within the next 18 months will enter the new risk-based process when the risk assessment is conducted at the end of the assessment process before the program is presented to the relevant accreditation committee.

Note: The six-month processing timeframe only applies to programs that have a signed Accreditation Schedule.

If you have already downloaded and commenced work on an application pack, continue with this pack and submit it to ANMAC. Once the program receives a risk assessment (during accreditation or at the review of the Program Monitoring Report), it will enter the new process.

ANMAC is undertaking a review of the fees for accreditation and program changes. Information regarding changes to fees will be published on the fee schedule page as it is available.

Please contact ANMAC as soon as you know you will be offering a new program, to discuss timeframes. You will then need to fill in the 'intention to submit form'. ANMAC will provide you with an Accreditation Schedule and application pack with confirmed dates for your submission and other significant dates for the program assessment. The ANMAC accreditation process will be approximately six months from submission of the application pack, with the NMBA approval process separate and subsequent to this.

Each program requires its own site visit. In part this is because the assessment team needs to meet with the education provider for a face-to-face discussion and assess the resources relevant to the program being assessed.

Education providers need to notify ANMAC of intended changes to accredited programs.

The risk rating of a program determines how an education provider reports program changes to approved programs to ANMAC. Program changes are classified into two different reporting requirements, retrospective of the change or prospective of the change.

However, ANMAC considers the following program changes to be significant risks that must be reported to ANMAC prospectively, regardless of the risk rating of the program:

  • Number and/or location of campuses
  • Program delivery mode
  • Number of students enrolled into the program.

Approved Program without a risk rating

If a program has not yet received a risk rating and a change is proposed, an 'intention to submit' form should be completed and provided to ANMAC. ANMAC will contact the education provider on receipt of the document to discuss planned timeframes.

High-risk programs

All program changes will need to be notified prospectively.

Medium-risk programs

Some program changes related to identified risk areas will need to be notified prospectively. Other program changes (outside of changes ANMAC considers to be significant risks) can be notified retrospectively. 

Low-risk programs

Program changes (outside of changes ANMAC considers to be signficiant risks) can be notified retrospectively.

ANMAC is notified of retrospective changes by the Program Monitoring report (PMR). For prospective changes, education providers should complete an 'intention to submit' form. ANMAC will contact the education provider on receipt of the document to discuss planned timeframes.

Further information regarding changes can be found in the N (605 KB)ational Accreditation Guidelines.

Education providers

Yes, however you must include a clear note in your advertisement that the program of study is subject to accreditation by ANMAC and approval by the NMBA.

Following the site visit, the Associate Director Accreditation Services (AD) provides you with a site visit report identifying if you need to provide further evidence. The AD will give you timeframes for doing so. You can discuss and clarify outstanding issues with the AD as required.

The accreditation standards for nurses, midwives and nurse practitioners all require that an education provider demonstrates suitable resources to run the proposed program. The assessment team therefore needs to conduct a site visit to ensure the education provider has adequate resources for the anticipated number of students to be enrolled. The assessment team needs to see evidence of teaching spaces, nursing or midwifery laboratory spaces and equipment, student services and support services. The assessment team also interviews students and industry partners, preferably face-to-face.

The outcome of the assessment team’s initial review of your program forms the Draft Collated Review and is the basis of the agenda ANMAC sends to you before our site visit. The Associate Director Accreditation Services is responsible for providing updates and communicating information on your assessment process, such as the outcomes of assessment team meetings or site reviews.

Yes. If you believe there is a real or perceived conflict of interest with a nominated assessment team member you should write to the Director Accreditation Services, within 3 business days, at accreditation@anmac.org.au outlining your objection. If we do not hear from you within this timeframe the assessment team will remain as nominated.

Your contact is the Associate Director Accreditation Services assigned to coordinate your accreditation process. The director will liaise with you on all matters relating to your application and assessment process.

You can send all electronic submissions to ANMAC by posting a USB or using a Cloud-based link to the document (such as DropBox). Please send details of submission(s) to accreditation@anmac.org.au

Initial submission—1 electronic (USB or Cloud-based link)

You need to submit 1 electronic copy (UBS or Cloud-based link, such as DropBox) for the preliminary review by the assigned Associate Director Accreditation Services (AD).

Final submission—1 electronic copy (USB or Cloud-based link)

After the site visit the AD will ask you to provide a final submission. This updated submission must include all additional evidence requested by the assessment team. One electronic copy is required. Once your program is accredited, you need to provide ANMAC with a final electronic copy of your submission on USB or via Cloud-based link, such as DropBox. This copy is kept on file as your accredited program.

All programs leading to registration or endorsement must be first accredited by ANMAC's Board and approved as a qualification for registration by the NMBA before students can enrol into the program. Students who are applying to undertake a program of study leading to a qualification that enables graduates to register or be endorsed as nurses or midwives, must be advised of the accreditation status of the program prior to enrolling. The students must be assured that they will be able to complete an approved course of study leading to registration or endorsement.

 

The ANMAC accreditation process will be approximately six months from submission of the application pack. Submissions with multiple sites or programs may take longer. Our process is detailed and comprehensive, this is to ensure academic quality, public accountability and public safety. For more information, please read the National Accreditation Guidelines.

Yes. It is mandatory to use ANMAC’s application pack (forms, checklists and templates). Each qualification has its own template which address the relevant standards and criteria for a nursing and midwifery education programs. If you do not use the correct forms, checklists and templates, we cannot progress your application for accreditation and will experience delays. ANMAC will provide the appropriate application pack with the Accreditation Schedule approximately 18 months before the expiry date of the approved program.

Update to transition arrangements for English language skills: ANMAC has provided guidance (170 KB) for Education Providers regarding criteria 6.1 a, b and 6.2 in the Enrolled Nurse Accreditation Standards 2017.

ANMAC sent correspondence (232 KB) to education providers who deliver the Diploma of Nursing notifying, from 1 July 2018 all students that would be required by the NMBA to provide a formal English language skills test when applying for registration, must provide a formal English language test result demonstrating achievement of the NMBA specified level of English language skills, prior to commencing the program.

ANMAC has been advised that under regulations governing the enrolment of International students, if an offer for enrolment into a program of study has been accepted the program provider cannot subsequently change conditions of enrolment. To allow education providers affected by this regulation to fulfil their obligations, International students who have accepted offers into the Diploma of Nursing prior to ANMAC’s advice about the English language requirement, can be enrolled into the Diploma of Nursing under the conditions that prevailed at the time they accepted their offer. 

Please note this provision is only applicable to International students who have already accepted an offer to enrol into the Diploma of Nursing. 

Assessors

ANMAC will contact you as vacancies for teams arise requiring your skills and qualifications. If you are contacted by ANMAC to be part of an assessment team, it is important you respond as soon as possible, so there aren’t delays in appointing the assessment team.

ANMAC is revising the recruitment process for team members and will contact assessors soon, to update them on the changes.

Please contact ANMAC on accreditation@anmac.org.au if any of your contact details have changed.

If you have an question that is not included on this FAQ page, please contact us.

Yes.

You will need to keep a log of the hours you have worked as a part of an assessment team for ANMAC, for it to count towards your continuing professional development (CPD) hours.

For more information, please visit the NMBA website for the fact sheet and FAQs on CPD.

ANMAC needs you to review submissions independently and not discuss your views or work with other members of the assessment team until the teleconference is held to exchange views. Doing so damages the integrity of the accreditation assessment process at an early stage and can, ultimately, delay program accreditation. If you have questions, contact your Associate Director Accreditation Services.

Yes, assessors are paid for their time and expenses. For more information please refer to the assessor handbook

If you are interested in becoming an ANMAC assessor please visit become an assessor for an overview of what is involved.

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