February 23, 2009

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council Requirements for Foreign Trained Nurses and Midwives

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC)

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) is a peak body established in 1992 to facilitate a national approach to nursing and midwifery regulation. It plays an important role to ensure quality assessment of foreign-trained nursing and midwifery graduates migrating to or wishing to practice in Australia.

What is its role?
It works with state and territory Nursing and Midwifery Regulatory Authorities (NMRA) in evolving standards for statutory nursing and midwifery regulation. These standards are flexible, effective and responsive to the health care requirements of the Australian population.

The ANMAC also undertakes skills assessments of internationally qualified nurses and midwives seeking permanent migration in Australia.

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC)

Information for internationally qualified nurses and midwives

The International Section of the ANMAC is an assessing authority for the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). The ANMAC conducts an assessment of Registered Nurses and Midwives who intend to migrate to Australia under the General Skilled Migration category.

The ANMAC has been authorised by DIAC to undertake these assessments. Through this process the ANMAC determines whether nurses and midwives are suitable for migration or whether they may need to undertake further education in order to be eligible for migration in the stated skill category.

Who we assess

ANMAC’s International Services section currently assesses the skills of:
  • internationally qualified nurses
  • internationally qualified midwives
  • enrolled nurses (as of 1 July 2013 - see communique (137 KB))
  • 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. We do so under two categories:
  1. modified assessment, for those holding current registration in Australia or New Zealand
  2. full assessment, for those holding current registration outside Australia or New Zealand.

Assessment approach

ANMAC’s assessment approach is methodical and thorough. This ensures we perform our duties to the highest standards on behalf of the Australian Government. This includes playing a key role in protecting and promoting the health and safety of the Australian community by ensuring high standards of nursing and midwifery education.

The assessment team in our International Services section handles all skills assessments of nurses and midwives for migration purposes.

We do not

By law ANMAC cannot, and does not have the legal authority to, handle these functions:
  1. Register nurses or midwives to work in Australia. This is handled by 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) public register of nurses and midwives. You need to contact AHPRA for this. This includes advice 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. You need to contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) for this.
  5. If found unsuitable for migration, give specific advice on what you need to do to become suitable for migration, except to refer you to organisations that can help.
  6. Give advice on employment or industrial relations matters.
  7. Conduct education courses.
For detailed information about the Migration Skills Assessment, applications and determinations please visit the International Section of the official ANMAC website via the link below.

Please note we are unable to return International calls.

International Section of the official ANMAC website.

Related: List of Nursing Scholarships for International Students

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