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Australian Education

As of 1 July 2010, nurses are regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, an agency under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme. The practice of nursing was previously governed by state and territorial nursing regulation authorities. The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) was established in 1992 and works with these authorities to facilitate a national approach to nursing and midwifery regulation. Which has now been superseded by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).


In all states other than Victoria, nurses fall into the following major categories:


Before being able to work as a nurse you must become registered in Australia. There are specific registration requirements that all new applicants and applicants renewing their registration[5] must meet:

· Criminal history check – international as of the 4th of February 2015

· Professional indemnity insurance arrangements

· English skills

· Continuation of professional development

· Recency of practice


The salary of a nurse depends on two factors: the type of nurse and the years of experience in the position.

  • Nurse Practitioner: $118,419 to $123,629
  • Registered Nurse: $62,724 to $81,117
  • Enrolled Nurse: $56,515 to $59,982
  • Assistant in Nursing: $52,228 to $57,182

The initial figure would be the commencing salary, then after years of experience the nurse could potentially receive the larger figure. The salary rates[6] above are the most current rates in Australia, which are from the 1st of April 2016.