ANMAC Competency Criteria
Registered Nurses and Registerd Midwives working in Australia are required to demonstrate the national competency standards in order to be eligible for registration with AHPRA (NMBA). Overseas trained and qualified Registered Nurses and Registered Midwives are also required to demonstrate and meet the same competency standards as Australian trained nurses and midwives. Only Registered Nurses and Registered Midwives who are on the AHPRA register are eligible for migration to Australia. This eligibility criteria is set by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).
ANMAC is responsible for providing DIAC with an assessment notice on the suitability or otherwise of an applicant for the purposes of migration.
Interestingly, not all overseas nurses and midwives need to undertake a Competency Based Assessment Program. Currently, there is an opportunity to apply for a waiver if you are from UK , Ireland, USA, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, and the Netherlands (HBO programs).
In addition, Nurses who have completed a nursing education program in a member state of the European Union which is consistent with the European Union standard for the education of “nurses responsible for general care” (EU directive 2005 / 36 / EC).