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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.

a reference written by a direct nursing or midwifery supervisor that contains details of your professional competence and safety as a nurse. Describes the tasks you complete on a day to day basis in reference to the ANZSCO code you are applying for. The reference must be written on official company letterhead, have an original signature (not electronic) and be dated.

means any remunerated role in which the individual uses their skills and knowledge as a practitioner of nursing or midwifery. Practice is not restricted to the provision of direct clinical care; it includes using professional knowledge in a direct non-clinical relationship with patients or clients, working in management, administration, education, research, advisory, regulatory or policy development roles and any other roles that impact on safe, effective delivery of health services in nursing and midwifery.

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 letter of determination (LOD) is the letter issued by ANMAC upon completion of your assessment. This is the document that is provided to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection as evidence of your skills assessment

is the hours worked by an employee on a full-time basis. ANMAC considers full time work as 38hours per week or 1976hours per year.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is responsible for immigration and customs border policy. DIBP will assess your application for a visa to migrate to Australia.

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 Immigration and Border Protection 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?

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 Immigration and Border Protection if you need a skills assessment before you apply for your visa.

Information on visa requirements is on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s website under each visa type. It is important to check what visa requirements affect you before applying to ANMAC for a skills assessment.

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 and/or midwifery agencies to find out about this. For more information visit Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

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 nurse (enrolled or registered) 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 skills assessment.

If you hold registration as a nurse or midwife in another country and have a minimum qualification of a Bachelor Degree 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. You should prepare certified copies of these documents for your assessment:

All applicants

  • proof of identity—copy of photo and name pages of passport
  • change of name documents—copy of marriage or divorce documents which include both previous and current names (only required if different names appear on any of your documents)
  • current registration certificate
  • graduation certificate or letter of completion
  • verification of registration (also known as certificate of good standing) should be arranged for every country or jurisdiction where you have held registration (this should be posted directly to ANMAC from the regulatory authority)
  • professional references (unless a newly qualified, Australian or New Zealand trained)

Full applicants only

  • English language test results - provide the reference number(s) of the test successfully completed
  • transcripts of training including details of theory and practice hours

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.

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.

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.

No. At this stage, ANMAC does not accept electronic copies of documents. Please post certified copies of documents to our office in Canberra.

Physical address for courier deliveries:
Level 1
15 Lancaster Place
Majura Park
Canberra Airport
Australia

Postal address:
GPO Box 400
Canberra City ACT 2601
Australia

Correct the mistake on your cover letter in black pen, initial the change and date it. We will update our database when we receive your cover letter and documents noting the change.

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 your country or jurisdiction provides this.

This organisation must post an original verification of registration or certificate of good standing letter to ANMAC. You should arrange this before you apply to ANMAC for a migration skills assessment.

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. We cannot accept a photocopy, fax or scanned copy of the letter from you or any other source.

ANMAC does not supply applicants with a form to request this document. Please ask the regulatory authority to post a verification of registration or certificate of good standing letter to our office directly. Our address details are:

ANMAC
Skilled Migration Services
GPO Box 400
Canberra City ACT 2601
Australia

Commencing 1 February 2017 ANMAC will no longer require a 'Certificate of Registration Status' from AHPRA. ANMAC will verify your Australian registration status electronically.

 

Transcript

A transcript is a document issued by your training or educational institution or university outlining the subjects you have studied. If you are applying for a modified skills assessment, ANMAC requires a basic transcript that details the courses you completed in your study at an Australian training or educational institute. If you are applying for a full skills assessment, ANMAC requires a transcript including 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.

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.

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. It is not the shape or size of a credit card. Visit resources page for more information.

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. 

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 with AHPRA your name will appear on AHPRA’s online public Register of Practitioners.

Please note: An eligibility letter or referral to a bridging program from AHPRA is not evidence of registration.

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 or referral to a bridging program from AHPRA is not evidence of registration.

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 or a referral to a bridging program from AHPRA is not evidence of registration.

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:

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 four 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 four 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:
    a) is tested in all four components in each sitting 
    AND
    b) no score in any component of the test is below C
  3. Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic. Accepted effective 1 July 2016
    Applicants must achieve a minimum overall score of 65 AND a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills - 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 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. Accepted effective 1 July 2016
    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 one test sitting, OR a maximum of two test sittings in a six-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 two years old. You only have to pass one of these tests, not all of them. Scores from two different tests cannot be combined. 

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

 

ANZSCO codes and professional references

Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) are codes applied to occupations for statistical purposes. These are used by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in the skilled visa program. They are a requirement for visa eligibility. They are the standard used to assess a visa applicant’s skills to undertake a specific occupation in Australia.

All applications for skilled migration require an ANZSCO code.

What are the ANZSCO codes for nursing and midwifery?

  • 134212 Nursing Clinical Director
  • 254111 Midwife
  • 254211 Nurse Educator
  • 254212 Nurse Researcher
  • 254311 Nurse Manager
  • 254411 Nurse Practitioner
  • 254412 Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
  • 254413 Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)
  • 254414 Registered Nurse (Community Health)
  • 254415 Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)
  • 254416 Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)
  • 254417 Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)
  • 254418 Registered Nurse (Medical)
  • 254421 Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)
  • 254422 Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
  • 254423 Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
  • 254424 Registered Nurse (Surgical)
  • 254425 Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)
  • 254499 Registered Nurse (Not Elsewhere Classified)
  • 411411 Enrolled Nurse.

Descriptions of the ANZSCO codes and information required to meet each one is on the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.

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 or Consolidated Sponsored 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 require more information, please contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection or a registered Migration Agent.

Full skills assessment applications

Full skills assessments must have at least one professional reference providing evidence of a minimum of three months (full time equivalent) paid work experience as a nurse or midwife. ANMAC has a template that explains the requirements.

Modified skills assessment applicants

Unless you are a recent graduate (within previous two years) and your only qualification is from Australia or New Zealand, you must provide at least one professional reference providing evidence of a minimum of three months (full time equivalent) paid work experience as a nurse or midwife. ANMAC has a template that explains the requirements.

Recent graduates or Australian or New Zealand qualifications are able to apply using ANZSCO code 254111 Midwife, 254499 Registered Nurse (not Elsewhere Classified) or 411411 Enrolled Nurse.

All applicants

If you need to provide evidence of recent skilled employment (under any ANZSCO code) in Australia or internationally to obtain points towards your visa application you will need to provide reference of at least 36 months (full time equivalent) paid international work experience or 12 months (full time equivalent) paid Australian work experience. ANMAC has a template that explains the professional reference requirements.

 

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. Please note, a reference from sections of an organisation, such as Human Resources or Payroll, is not suitable for this assessment.

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.

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: personal email addresses such as @gmail, @yahoo or @hotmail are not acceptable. The reference must be signed by the referee.

Please note: electronic signatures are not acceptable.

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

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 (200 KB).

During your assessment

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

  • a receipt
  • reference number
  • your cover letter
  • further instructions and links to resources to help with the assessment process.

Processing time varies throughout the year. We regularly update our website with average processing times

Please note: Applications that are missing information will take longer to process. This is because we need to contact you to provide the additional information required and then wait for you to provide it.

 

 

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 in which we receive them.

If you are worried that 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.

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

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

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

If your application has not yet been completed, email your ANMAC assessor or skilledmigration@anmac.org.au advising that you would like to submit references.

Send certified copies of your professional references to our office.

Once your assessment is complete, you will need a professional reference assessment. Please email your assessor or skilledmigration@anmac.org.au for more information. There is a fee for this service.

After your assessment

You do not need to apply for a new assessment. You can ask us to assess your professional reference by emailing your assessor or skilledmigration@anmac.org.au. There is a charge for this service. ANMAC only accepts payments by VISA or MasterCard.

You need to provide your original Letter of Determination to ANMAC before we can reissue it.

Your Letter of Determination can be reissued by emailing your assessor or skilledmigration@anmac.org.au. There is a charge for this service. ANMAC only accepts payments by VISA or MasterCard.

Email your ANMAC assessor or skilledmigration@anmac.org.au to request a change of ANZSCO code. There is a charge for this service. ANMAC only accepts payments by VISA or MasterCard.

You need to provide your original Letter of Determination to ANMAC before we can reissue it.

We endeavour to ensure all letters of determination are correct, but occasionally errors appear. Contact your ANMAC assessor or skilledmigration@anmac.org.au to have the error corrected and your letter reissued.

You need to provide your original Letter of Determination to ANMAC before we can reissue it. There is no charge for this service.

Yes you can. You do appeal ANMAC’s decision by following these steps:

  1. Email skilledmigration@anmac.org.au 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 $400.00 to have your application for appeal considered. ANMAC only accepts payments by VISA or MasterCard.

AHPRA no longer accepts documents forwarded by ANMAC. If you need to apply for Australian registration after your full skills assessment is complete, contact AHPRA.