www.acfe.net.au IRON Program

Overseas Nurses seeking to undertake the bridging program in Victoria can consider Australian Centre of Further Education, www.acfe.net.au. ACFE is one of the few companies in Melbourne currently offering the initial registration for overseas nurses. The IRON program is a course recognised by the NMBA (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia).


acfe.net.au iron program

Students successfully completing this program are eligible for registration as nurses. Please note the new classification is Registered Nurse but you may still find references to Division 1 Registered Nurse online or in some marketing materials.

Their IRON Program is  generally of 12 week duration with the first 4 weeks comprising of theory in a classroom setting. The balance of the course is spent in clinical placements around Australia. The location of placements depends on availability and may be in Tasmania, South Australia and of course Victoria. It is important that students are prepared financially for possible additional travel and accommodation costs in the event their clinical placements are interstate.

ACFE (acfe.net.au) is located in the melbourne CBD; 341 Queen St Melbourne Victoria, Australia.
Banksia Immigration Australia has had a long association with ACFE.net.au since it first opened.

If you need more information about the overseas nurses bridging program just contact us on 03 9005 0832.



NMBA Nursing and Midwifery Board

NMBA Nursing and Midwfery Board of Australia



Is one of the ten national health boards that is regulated by AHPRA.
AHPRA and the 10 boards came into effect on the 1st July 2010.

Previously, each state in Australia had its own nursing and midwifery board that was responsible for registration of nurses and midwives. Now this function lies with AHPRA  and NMBA Nursing and Midwfery Board of Australia.

This is a very big change for overseas nurses and midwives because that there are new rules, new procedures, new forms and a lack of detailed information (at the time of writing at least) leading to a lot of confusion and uncertainty.

Don’t get me wrong, I think that a national nursing and midwifery board is a good thing!
My only concern is that during this transition period there are a lot of unanswered questions. Getting a reliable and prompt response is almost impossible.  We just have to put up with this situation untill NMBA staff ae familiar with the new processes to give us the clarity and information that we need.

Fortunately, some of the fundamentals for overseas nurse registration haven’t changed.
You still need your IELTS of 7.0 in each band, you still need to apply for assessment and most likely undertake a bridging course. These courses go by a few different names around the world but in Australia it is known as the Initial Registration for Overses Nurses program.

Some of the lesser appeal changes include higher fees. Previously in Victoria for instance, there was only a $145 application fee which included the assessment. Now you have to pay the application fee and a NEW assessment fee and for the registration fee all in one hit. That’s over $400 just to lodge in the inital application. Sure if you get part of it back if you are not accepted by the board for registration.

The problem with this as I see it is that it disadvantages overseas nurses because they have to pay in advance the registration fee. In some countries, the Philippines for instance, the monthly income may only bee $200 – $300. So the NMBA is now asking these nurses to pay almost a months wages in advance!!!

So if you are an overseas nurse, just make sure you save some more money before applying for registration.

And if you are confused about how to go about getting registration, just drop me a message at contact us





stands for The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. AHPRA is responsible for the registration and accreditation of ten health professions in Australia These include:
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
*  Chiropractic Board of Australia
*  Dental Board of Australia
*  Medical Board of Australia
*  Optometry Board of Australia
*  Osteopathy Board of Australia
*  Pharmacy Board of Australia
*  Physiotherapy Board of Australia
*  Podiatry Board of Australia
*  Psychology Board of Australia

The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 was enacted on 1/7/2010 and governs AHPRA’s activities.

The key functions of AHPRA are:

*  supports each of the National Boards
* manages the registration processes for health practitioners and students around Australia
* has offices in each State and Territory where the public can make notifications about a registered health practitioner or student
* on behalf of the Boards, manages investigations into the professional conduct, performance or health of registered health practitioners, except in NSW where this is done by the Health Care Complaints Commission
* on behalf of the National Boards, publishes national registers of practitioners so important information about the registration of individual health practitioners is available to the public
* works with the Health Complaints Commissions in each State and Territory to make sure the appropriate organisation investigates community concerns about individual, registered health practitioners
* supports the Boards in the development of registration standards, and codes and guidelines
* provides advice to Ministerial Council about the administration of the national registration and accreditation scheme