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AUSTRALIA INTRODUCES A NEW MIGRATION SKILL ASSESSMENT FOR FOREIGN HEALTH WORKERS

Australia has introduced a new migration skill assessment for foreign healthcare assistants. The new assessment, which is called the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) Skill Assessment, is designed to assess the skills and experience of foreign healthcare assistants who want to work in Australia. The Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council of Australia started the migration skills assessment process on June 14th, 2023, allowing applicants to submit their documents for evaluation.


Eligibility for ANMAC Skill Assessment

To be eligible for the ANMAC Skill Assessment, applicants must have:

  • A minimum of two years of full-time work experience as a healthcare assistant in a regulated healthcare setting

  • Must have a Certificate III minimum qualification in a relevant field obtained overseas, including nursing-related study* or study in aged care OR full-time paid work experience of at least 12 months in a relevant area completed in Australia or overseas within the last 5 years, including nursing-related work or work in an aged care setting.

  • A relevant qualification, such as a diploma or certificate in healthcare

  • A good command of English.

Those who meet the requirements and have their diplomas verified can start applying to care companies that offer Visa sponsorship. Companies like Baptist Care have over 90 locations in Australia and offer Visa sponsorship.



Florence certificates are highly recommended to boost CVs, but they cannot be used alone to secure jobs in Australia.


Applicants who successfully complete the ANMAC Skill Assessment will be granted a Skill Assessment Certificate. This certificate is required for applying for a Skilled Independent visa, which is a visa that allows skilled workers to live and work permanently in Australia.

To work in Australia nurses and midwives must register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and meet the NMBA’s registration standards. Nurses and midwives applying to migrate to Australia may be asked to provide information about their eligibility to register with the NMBA.

The NMBA’s registration process is independent and separate from ANMAC’s skilled migration process.

The new migration skill assessment for foreign healthcare assistants is part of the Australian government’s efforts to address the country’s growing healthcare workforce shortage. The government hopes that the new assessment will make it easier for foreign healthcare assistants to migrate to Australia and work in the healthcare sector.


Steps for Direct Care Occupation Skills Assessment:

To ensure a smooth assessment process, follow these steps:


Step 1: Verification of Professional Registration If you are using your overseas nursing qualification for the Direct Care Occupation Skills Assessment, arrange for professional registration verification to be emailed to verification@anmac.org.au. If email is unavailable, the relevant authority can send the verification directly to ANMAC.


Step 2: Gather and Scan Supporting Documents Collect and scan copies of the following original supporting documents:

  • Bio-statistical page(s) of your passport

  • Two other official identity documents, including one official photo-bearing document (e.g., driver’s license)

  • Change of name documents (marriage certificate, decree nisi, deed poll)

  • Official passport-sized photograph taken within the last 6 months (no selfies or filtered photos)

  • Graduation certificates and transcripts from relevant qualifications, including commencement and completion dates (if applicable)

  • Professional reference is written by a nursing supervisor to support paid work in a direct care role (if applicable)

  • Service statement from your employer (if employed by an agency), detailing dates and hours of employment, and a professional reference written by a nurse who has supervised you in your role as a personal care assistant or nursing support officer.

Additionally, if you are employed by an agency, you will need to provide ANMAC with a service statement from your employer detailing dates and hours of employment AND a professional reference written by a nurse who has supervised you in your role as a personal care assistant or nursing support officer.


Step 3: Create an Account Visit the login page of the ANMAC website and create an account. Please note that you can only apply once using the same email address. If you plan to submit multiple applications, use different email addresses.


Step 4: Complete the Application Complete the Direct Care Occupation skills assessment application by:

  • Filling out the online form

  • Processing the credit card payment of $545.00

  • Checking for an email confirmation from ANMAC regarding the successful receipt of your application and payment

  • Contacting ANMAC if you haven’t received the confirmation email within 24 hours

  • Uploading your supporting documents in my account section of the ANMAC portal after payment confirmation

  • Contacting ANMAC if you encounter any difficulties with document uploads

  • Submitting your application and payment within one calendar month of creating your account to avoid account deletion.

Following these steps will help minimize delays in the assessment process. For more information, please refer to the ANMAC website or contact ANMAC directly. https://anmac.org.au/contact-us-general-information





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