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australian citizenship Nurses Shortage and Migration

There is a known shortage of nurses in Australia. In August 2016, Southern Cross University reported that the country is at risk of facing a nurse shortage. It’s estimated that by 2025, there will be a shortage of 85,000 nurses. This is partly due to the country’s ageing population, with the average age of nurses steadily rising. Currently, 25% of nurses in Australia are over the age of 55.

In an article published in December 2015, HealthTimes also reported on the growing risk of a nurse shortage, claiming that a number of nurses are feeling underappreciated and could exit the profession. They cited a study which found that 15% of nurses in Australia were likely to exit within the next year, leading to a shortage of registered nurses.

What Do Nurses Earn?

The below chart from HealthTimes details the annual base salaries of nurses across Australia:

https://healthtimes.com.au/hub/nursing-careers/6/guidance/nc1/what-do-nurses-earn/605/

Is it Possible for a Nurse to Migrate and Work in Australia?

To migrate and work in Australia as a nurse, you must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and meet the Board’s registration standards. You can work under a 457 work visa, provided you have a sponsor who will employ you. There are no age restrictions for a 457 visa.

There are a number of ways to migrate. Most commonly, nurses migrate under Employer Sponsored Migration, the Regional Skills Migration Program, or General skills Migration.

CASE STUDY #1

Shiny, aged 37, RN with 12 years of overseas work experience, IELTS 7.0 in each component, wants to migrate with her husband and two children, aged 12 and 10. She does not have an employer to sponsor her. The best option in this case would be to apply under General Skills Migration, as she has a good chance to meet the points requirement.

Here are her points:

Age: 25
English: 10
Work Experience: 15
Qualifications: 15
Total: 65

Based on the above, Shiny has a good chance to migrate under GSM Subclass 189, 190 and 489.

CASE STUDY #2

Stephen, RN with 2 years overseas work Experience, OET B in each, is 30 years old and single.
The best option is for him to apply under General Skills Migration, as he has a high chance of meeting the points requirement.

Here are his points:

Age: 30
English: 10
Work Experience: 0
Qualifications: 15
Total: 55

Based on the above points, Stephen has a good chance to migrate under Subclass 190 and 489.

CASE STUDY #3

Tessy, Aged 47, RN with 16 years of overseas work experience, IELTS 8.0 in each component, wants to migrate with her husband and two children, aged 16 and 14. She does not have an employer to sponsor her.

Here are her points:

Age: 0
English: 20
Work Experience: 15
Qualifications: 15
Total: 50

Based on the above points, Tessy has a good chance to migrate under Subclass 489. She can also look for a 457 sponsor, and if she works in Australia for over 12 months, she can add another 5 points to her GSM score.

Contact Aust Migration and Settlement Services Today

At Aust Migration and Settlement Services, we understand that each case is unique. Book a consultation with us today for advice on your available options. Send an email to edward@austmss.com.au or book a consultation by calling +61 3 9654 8611.