If you go through a recruitment agency, apparently most of them will pay your fees for you - they probably charge the hospitals, but that won't be your problem.
Renerian - was it you who was going to work in Coffs Harbour? Unfortunately that is a highly desirable area to live, & they don't seem to be suffering from the nursing shortage as badly as the rest of the place, so that's probably why they wanted you to pay your own way.
Originally posted by chigap
I registered in NSW and it was easy. There is a serious nursing shortage and I thought it would be a good experience; however, the pay is very low, few hospitals subsidize housing in ultra-expensive Sydney and I would have to pay for my own health insurance (but still pay the same taxes as everyone else).
Yes chigap, the pay is low compared to what you get in the states when you allow for the exchange rate - about half in fact. And I honestly don't know how anyone can afford to live in Sydney unless they are earning at least $100,000. Having said that, though, the cost of living is also about half that of the US, so if you want to come over for the experience and aren't looking to save a bundle of money to take back with you, I say go for it!!
About the health insurance thing, no employer that I know of will pay your health insurance for you over here, regardless of whether you come from O/S or were born here. Health insurance is your own responsibility, short & simple.
But the LIFESTYLE......isn't that why we all stay here?? Sure, we occasionally winge about the pollution, the traffic, etc., but it's NOTHING compared to American & European cities. It's about walking into town at 10 pm on a Friday night with friends for a drink, and not having to look over your shoulder every time you hear footsteps. It's about sitting on the back verandah with an icy cold drink on a summer's evening, listening to the cicadas. It's about lying on the beach every weekend, playing cricket on the sand, & pulling another cold beer out of the esky......hang on a minute, we're really all just a bunch of drunks, aren't we?? No matter, at least we're relaxed, happy drunks!!