If you are an internationally qualified nurse or midwife,the Nursing and Midwifery board of Australia requires that applicants for registration have a knowledge of the English language adequate for the practice of nursing and midwifery. To be considered for a position with NSW Health, the applicant must meet certain English language requirements to be registered to work in Australia.
The following English language requirements for internationally qualified applicants pursuing a position with NSW Health are essential, and stipulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia for the English language Skills registration standard:
- Must provide evidence of completion of five years full time or equivalent taught and assessed in English of tertiary and secondary, tertiary and vocational or a combination of both.
- The applicant was taught and assessed in English for five years or equivalent in the following countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States of America.
- If an applicant has completed the international English language testing system (IELTS) with a minimum score of 7 in each of the 4 components they meet the English language requirements.
- If an applicant has completed an Occupational English Test (OET) with an overall pass with A or B grades, they meet the English language requirements.
- Any other language tests approved by the board.
- English proficiency test results must have been received in the two years prior to registration.
- A IELTS or OET over two years old will be accepted if the applicant can also prove that they have either maintained continuous employment as a registered nurse/ midwife with English being the language practiced or has been enrolled in a program of study taught in English.
For more information on registration and registration requirements as a Nurse or Midwife please refer to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia website.