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Nurses Are Having Trouble Finding Sponsorship in Australia

Posted on January 24, 2010 at 3:19 PM

The last couple of months has shown a dramatic slowing down in the number of nurses who are able to find sponsorship in Australia. 


Registered Nurses and Midwives from India, UK,  South Africa and other Asian countries are having great difficulty finding job sponsorship in Australia, and some have been forced to give up their search and head back to their home countries.


An example of this sad situation was an Indian Registered Nurse who came to Australia to further her education and gain Australian experience as a Registered Nurse, with the view to find job sponsorship, and live near her family and friends who are now permanent residents in the Brisbane area.  This RN from India had found that hospitals that she had applied to for jobs in Australia were not interested in sponsoring a foreign nurse unless they  had already gained their nursing registration for the state they wish to work in.  After receiving her registration for working as an RN in Queensland, this RN had only a matter of days to find a sponsor before her current visa would expire.  Unfortunately for her, when she applied to the hospitals in her chosen area of Australia (Brisbane and the Gold Coast), the hospitals were not sponsoring any overseas nationals at that time, unless they specifically had extensive Cath Lab experience.


The RN did not have any specialty experience, as she was a well-rounded RN, and she therefore had no choice but to return to her home country, crushed that her dream of becoming a permanent resident in Australia so that she could be near her family, was now over,


Only a few months ago, Registered Nurses from the UK and South Africa were having no problem finding sponsored employment in Australia, particularly in the speciality field of Midwifery.  How things have changed in just a short period of time, with UK and South African Midwife's now being turned away, as they are no longer in demand in specific areas of Australia.


One of the more popular regions for foreign RNs to apply for sponsorship in Australia, is Brisbane and the Gold Coast, in Queesland - where the sun shines year-round, the winters and mild, and the beautiful beaches and rainforests are a big attraction.  This area has been the toughest to find job sponsorship in Australia, for RNs and Midwives, due to a more stabilised market and reduced skills shortage in these areas.


However, other regions of Australia are still seeking overseas Registered Nurses and Midwives, particularly in the more regional areas, with Western Australia and South Australia being two areas of Australia who are welcoming applications from overseas, qualified Registered Nurses and Midwives.


If you are a Registered Nurse or Midwife who is eligible for registration in Australia, we would like to help you to find job sponsorship in Australia.


To find out whether you are eligible to apply, click on the relevant links below:



If you feel you qualify for working as a Registered Nurse or Midwife in Australia, send your CV now, to [email protected].


If you are interested in working in Queensland, and are a specialised Registered Nurse, send your CV through and we will do our best to find you a sponsored job in this region of Australia.


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82 Comments

Reply wilson
4:25 PM on January 25, 2010 
Nadine, i think in times like these the RN from India or wherever should just take whats on offer,sponsorhip from Rural areas and isolated areas,its still Australia.Get your owrk first then after 2 years after you get your PR then you can move to where your relatives are.I think Australia generally is a great place no matter which part of Australia you will work,it would still be better than most of those places in India etc.
Reply Nadine Myers
5:22 PM on January 25, 2010 
wilson says...
Nadine, i think in times like these the RN from India or wherever should just take whats on offer,sponsorhip from Rural areas and isolated areas,its still Australia.Get your owrk first then after 2 years after you get your PR then you can move to where your relatives are.I think Australia generally is a great place no matter which part of Australia you will work,it would still be better than most of those places in India etc.


Hi Wilson - thank you for sharing your ideas on this matter. I agree that if RNs are more open to where in Australia they commence work initially, they will likely have the opportunity to move to their chosen location down the track. The rural areas of Australia are still very enjoyable to live and work, and they offer a unique experience of Australian life that people would not receive in Sydney or most of the big cities.
Reply Pratheem lobo
10:40 PM on February 3, 2010 
Hai
I a registered nurse in NSW. I am looking for sponsorship
can u please help to get the same.

Thank you

pratheem lobo
Reply Nadine Myers
10:45 PM on February 3, 2010 
Pratheem lobo says...
Hai
I a registered nurse in NSW. I am looking for sponsorship
can u please help to get the same.

Thanks for your message - do you have any specialisations? What area of NSW are you in? What visa are you currently on?

Cheers,

Nadine
Thank you

pratheem lobo
Reply pratheem lobo
6:49 PM on February 4, 2010 
no specialisations. i live in sydney and i am on 457 visa
Reply JUAN
4:41 AM on April 3, 2010 
Hi, dear Nadine,

I am a Singapore RN specialized in Operating Theater ,( I am a Singapore PR , Chinese ) .
Currently working in a government Hospital DSOT in Singapore . i I wish to work in Australia , but my IELTS score was Band 6 , which was done one year ago . I don't expect i am able to reach 4 Band 7 in IELTS exam this year , is it possible to work in Australia as a nurse ?

Thank s a lot .
JUAN
Reply Nadine Myers
2:22 PM on April 6, 2010 
Hi Juan,

Unfortunately IELTS plays a very large role in migrating to Australia.

As a Theatre Nurse, you are in demand in Australia, though. I recommend having a look at each individual nursing board for each State of Australia in case any make exceptions.

Otherwise, we recommend doing further studies in English so that you can increase your score. It is very possible for you to do this, you will just need to focus on practicing and learning.

This website should assist you to learn about the requirements for nursing in Australia: http://www.anmc.org.au/assessment_process.

I hope this helps.

Kind regards,

Nadine
JUAN says...
Hi, dear Nadine,

I am a Singapore RN specialized in Operating Theater ,( I am a Singapore PR , Chinese ) .
Currently working in a government Hospital DSOT in Singapore . i I wish to work in Australia , but my IELTS score was Band 6 , which was done one year ago . I don't expect i am able to reach 4 Band 7 in IELTS exam this year , is it possible to work in Australia as a nurse ?

Thank s a lot .
JUAN
Reply JOHNY ALIAS
12:15 AM on April 10, 2010 
Hai,
I completed my pre-registration program for overseas qualified nurses from Ballarat university and awaiting registration from NBV. I am looking for a job in Australia and iam ready to work anywhere in Australia with sponsorship.I am on Visa subclass 676.Could you please help me to get a job.
Regards,
Johny Alias
Reply MIDHU LUKOSE
12:21 AM on April 10, 2010 
Hai,
I am looking for a job in Australia.I completed my pre-registration program for overseas qualified nurses from Ballarat university now awaiting registration from NBV.I am ready to work anywhere in Australia with sponsorship.I hope you will help me to find a job here.
Regards
Midhu Lukose
Reply Nadine Myers
6:35 PM on April 14, 2010 
Hi Johny,

Send through your CV to [email protected] and we will see whether we can assist you.

Kind regards,

Nadine

JOHNY ALIAS says...
Hai,
I completed my pre-registration program for overseas qualified nurses from Ballarat university and awaiting registration from NBV. I am looking for a job in Australia and iam ready to work anywhere in Australia with sponsorship.I am on Visa subclass 676.Could you please help me to get a job.
Regards,
Johny Alias
Reply Nadine Myers
6:36 PM on April 14, 2010 
Hi MIdhu,

Send your CV to [email protected] and we'll see whether we can assist you.

Kind regards,

Nadine

MIDHU LUKOSE says...
Hai,
I am looking for a job in Australia.I completed my pre-registration program for overseas qualified nurses from Ballarat university now awaiting registration from NBV.I am ready to work anywhere in Australia with sponsorship.I hope you will help me to find a job here.
Regards
Midhu Lukose
Reply srilanca jalmaani
6:58 AM on April 28, 2010 
hi...help me to fine job
Reply Nadine Myers
4:48 PM on April 28, 2010 
srilanca jalmaani says...
hi...help me to fine job


Hi Srilanca,

How can we help?
Reply Valeri Sargisyan
3:18 AM on May 12, 2010 
I am Valeri,I am from Armenien,I am economist by my profesion,I am looking job in Australia and want to have my investment in economy of Australia,thank you.
Reply Valeri sargisyan
3:27 AM on May 12, 2010 
Valeri Sargisyan says...
I am Valeri,I am from Armenien,I am economist by my profesion,I am looking for a job in Australia and want to have my investment in economy of Australia,thank you.
Reply Nadine Myers
7:02 PM on May 12, 2010 
Valeri Sargisyan says...
I am Valeri,I am from Armenien,I am economist by my profesion,I am looking job in Australia and want to have my investment in economy of Australia,thank you.


Hi Valeri,

Thanks for your enquiry. Do you have a valid work permit or permanent residency for Australia, or are you seeking sponsorship? If you require sponsorship, have you verified that you qualify to be sponsored by Australian employer?

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Cheers,

Nadine
Reply soorya
2:25 AM on May 16, 2010 
Hai,
I am looking for a job in Australia.I completed my pre-registration program for overseas qualified nurses from Ballarat university now awaiting registration from NBV.I am ready to work anywhere in Australia with sponsorship.I hope you will help me to find a job here.
Regards
soorya
Reply soorya
2:57 AM on May 16, 2010 
Hai,
I am looking for a job in Australia.I completed my pre-registration program for overseas qualified nurses from Ballarat university now awaiting registration from NBV.I am ready to work anywhere in Australia with sponsorship.I hope you will help me to find a job here.
Regards
soorya
Reply Nadine Myers
5:41 PM on June 5, 2010 
soorya says...
Hai,
I am looking for a job in Australia.I completed my pre-registration program for overseas qualified nurses from Ballarat university now awaiting registration from NBV.I am ready to work anywhere in Australia with sponsorship.I hope you will help me to find a job here.
Regards
soorya

Hi Soorya,

I'm very sorry for the delayed response. How is your job search going? Have you had any luck finding a sponsored position? Have you received your registration for Victoria as yet?

If you would like assistance finding a sponsor, please send your CV to [email protected] and we will see whether we can assist you.

Kind regards,

Nadine
Reply maria
9:30 AM on June 14, 2010 
hi,
I am Registered nurse from the Philippines. Can u give me an idea on how to start the application process to be able to get a job in Australia. I would love to be in this wonderful place. At present I am working outside the country I am planning to take ielts exam by August. I had a 3 years hospital experience in my country I was assigned to different areas such as medical ward, surgical ward, pediatrics, ob-gyn, emergency room. Please help me with this matter. Thanks for replying... :)