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Study Nursing in Australia

Standards of Nursing

The Australian Nursing Council

The Australian Nursing Council Inc. (ANCI) is a peak national nursing body concerned with national standards and processes for the regulation of nursing. It was established in 1992, and each of the eight Australian State and Territory nurse regulatory authorities is represented on the council.

Nursing in Australia is regulated in the recognition that nurses are accountable to the community for high quality care through safe and effective practice. Each State and Territory has a nurse  regulatory authority, which is responsible for the regulation of nursing in the public interest. Before you can work as a nurse in any State or Territory in  Australia you must be registered or enrolled with the respective nurse regulatory authority.

ANCI has developed and regularly revises such documents as:

  • Code of Professional Conduct for Nurses in Australia .
  • Code of Ethics for Nurses in Australia (in collaboration with the Australian Nursing Federation and Royal College of Nursing, Australia) .
  • The Competency Standards for Registered Nurses .
  • The Competency Standards for Enrolled Nurses.

Assessment of Overseas Nurse Migration

A key role of ANCI is the assessment of overseas nurses who wish to migrate to Australia. ANCI has been gazetted by the Minister for Immigration to perform the assessment function for the occupation of nursing.

The outcome of the ANCI assessment is a determination about the eligibility of over- seas-educated nurses to apply for registration. Should the ANCI determine that a nurse is eligible to apply for registration, this counts towards the points that can be gained for immigration purposes.

Nurse Education

The nurse regulatory authorities are responsible under their respective legislation for accrediting nursing courses leading to registration or enrolment as a nurse. Graduates must be able to demonstrate the core competency standards for registration or enrolment, which are the ANCI Competency Standards.

Undergraduate courses that lead to registration as a nurse have, since 1993, been provided through universities. There are several other education providers who, along with universities, provide post-registration courses. Courses for enrolled nurses are provided through the Vocational Education or Technical and Further Education (TAFE) systems.

Further details regarding these pro- grams can be found in the Directory of Higher Education Nursing Courses 2000 - Preregistration & Postregistration, which is published by New Hobsons  Press Pty Limited. Education Australia is an independent international organisation that provides service to overseas students who wish to study in Australia. All questions you have about course prerequisites and the like should be directed through them, not ANCI.

Another useful site that will give you information on the various university campuses throughout Australia, as well as accommodation and unilife is the OzUnistudent site:

Studying and Working

Apart from the wonderful opportunities of living in a culturally diverse country, with all the tourist and recreational facilities that Australia has to offer, studying nursing in Australia . will lead to a challenging career. You will b,& better informed, open to change, and able to move between a variety of nursing settings.

With s vast rural and remote areas, you will be able to experience nursing in a range of locations, from major metropolitan centres to the outback communities. Some universities that offer nursing courses are  located in rural areas/ and offer opportunities you will not get anywhere else in the world. You will find universities and other educational organisations to meet your particular needs in areas of Australia which have the cosmopolitan appeal of  European cities, the temptation of tropical beach side resorts, and the mystique of arid outback lands familiar to you from travel brochures.

Key Nursing Bodies

Royal College of Nursing Australia A peak professional body, Royal College of Nursing, Australia (RCNA) has a mission to benefit the health of the community through promotion and recognition of professional excellence in nursing. RCNA provides ongoing professional development for all  nurses through a broad range of activities including publications, conferences, workshops and seminars, scholarships, state- based forums, accreditation/ credentialling services and professional development resources. Further information and membership details can be obtained from the website:

The Australian Nursing Federation

The Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) was established in1924. ANF is the nation- al union for nurses and the largest professional nursing organisation in Australia. ANF's core business is the industrial and professional representation of nurses and nursing through the activities of a national office and branches in every state and territory. Questions about nurses' salaries should be directed to this site.

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Australian Nursing Council

First Floor

20 Challis Street


PO Box 873


General enquiries

Ph:   +61 2 6257 7960

Fax: +61 2 6257 7955


Overseas enquiries

Ph:   +61 2 6274 9104

Fax: +61 2 6257 7955