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Modified PLUS Skills Assessment

If you are not registered in Australia as a Registered Nurse or a Midwife but hold a current letter of 'Notice of in principle approval of registration subject to proof of identity' from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) you qualify for a Modified PLUS Skills Assessment.
Enrolled Nurses do not qualify for this assessment.
Applicants must hold current registration as a nurse overseas when applying for the Modified PLUS Skills Assessment. 

Steps for a Modified PLUS Skills Assessment

1. If you are submitting work experience for assessment and reporting purposes, please arrange to have verification of your registration* emailed to ANMAC cannot report on your work experience if evidence of registration has not been received. Please note, you are not required to arrange for registration verification to be sent by Ahpra. ANMAC will verify your Australian registration internally. 

Verification of registration should be emailed or posted directly to ANMAC from the relevant authority. Where email is unavailable the relevant authority can post the verification directly to: 

Skilled Migration Services
GPO Box 400
Canberra City  ACT  2601

Please note, ANMAC will not accept emails that are sent from free web-based email accounts. Emails sent from other addresses will be accepted at the discretion of the assessor.

*To avoid delay, we recommend you request this prior to applying online. 

2. Copy your current 'Notice of in-principle registration subject to proof of identity' from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). 

3. Collect and scan copies of the following original supporting documents (requirements for scanned copies):

  • proof of identity
    • bio-statistical page(s) of passport
    • change of name documents (marriage certificate, decree nisi, deed poll)
    • an official passport-sized, quality photograph 
  • Graduation certificate and transcript. Your transcript must include commencement and completion dates. 
  • Professional references (58 KB) (an example is provided) that support your work as a paid nurse or midwife. 

If you are an agency nurse you will need to provide ANMAC with a service statement from your employer detailing dates and hours of employment AND a professional reference written by a nurse who has supervised you in your role as an agency nurse.

This information is provided in a checklist (39 KB)

4. Create an account on the login pageYou can only apply once using the same email address. Please use a different email address for multiple applications.

5. Complete the Modified PLUS Skills Assessment application by: 

  • completing the online form
  • processing your credit card payment
  • uploading your supporting documents

We have created videos to assist you with the application process.

You will receive an email from ANMAC confirming receipt of your application and payment.

  • If you have not received this email within 24 hours of applying online or are having difficulty uploading your supporting documentation, please contact us
  • To avoid account deletion you will need to submit your application and pay for your assessment within one month of creating your account.

Once you have completed your online application and made a successful payment you can upload your documents by going to the my account section in the ANMAC portal.

Case study 

notice of in principle approval of registration subject to proof of identity - Nurse

Sarah is a registered Nurse in the UK and wants to move to Australia with her family. She reads information on the Department of Home Affairs website and learns that she will need a skills assessment from ANMAC before she can apply for a General Skills Migration visa.

Sarah completed a Diploma in Paediatric Nursing in the United Kingdom and is registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council–UK (the UK’s regulatory authority for nurses and midwives). After reading the ANMAC website she learns she does not have the minimum qualification required to apply for a Full Skills Assessment. After more research Sarah finds out ANMAC also assess applicants who are registered in Australia.

Sarah applies for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) while still in the UK. Sarah receives a ‘notice of in principle approval of registration subject to proof of identity’ from Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), Australia’s registering body for health professionals, stating that she is eligible to register when she arrives in Australia and presents in person.

Sarah returns to the ANMAC website and learns that she is now eligible to apply for a Modified PLUS skills assessment as she now holds a current ‘notice of in principle approval of registration subject to proof of identity’ from AHPRA.

After creating a login and completing the online form by answering all questions and paying with her credit card, Sarah gathers her supporting documents and saves scanned colour copies of the originals to her laptop.

Sarah accesses her account on the ANMAC website and uploads all the required documents. She then waits for her assessment to commence by checking the application status in her ANMAC account.

When Sarah’s skills assessment is completed she receives her Letter of Determination via email telling her she is suitable for skilled migration to Australia. She revisits the Department of Home Affairs website and applies for a visa.

Review date: 
Tuesday, 19 December 2017

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