hi there I am from Donegal and have been nursing for 5 years. I have been out here in Australia for 2 and 1/2 years.
I am currently working full time on a sponsorship visa.
I am sure that you know that we have just gone to national registration here. Check AHPRA website for details. There is also no such thing as "registered psychiatric nurse" technically. But nurses who done their education and went on to work in psych services +/- a post grad in psych nursing.
But no worries, Aus is well aware of the likes of Irish nurses who are only registered as psych nurses.
You would be at the top of the pay scale if you were to work as a RN (not a manager) and would earn agency loading ontop. I am assuming that you worked as a nurse when you were over here before so know the pros and cons of agency work. You may be able to get postings to cover leave as a ANUM / NUM I assume.
I enjoyed working agency but the lack of continuity did get to me. I applied for a job at Royal Melbourne through their overseas recruiter ( but if you are coming over on skilled migration you would be able to apply for any jobs that were advertised).
Royal Melbourne has a psych unit as does the Alfred and most other major hospitals. Also there is a huge emphasis on community management and CAT teams (Crisis Assessment Triage teams) etc.
Have a look at the careers websites either for the hospitals or try CareerOne or jobsjobsjobs.com.au
Quality of life has got to be better here that what is going on at home at the min. So glad I have got out and got a job here. Also just applied for PR so fingers crossed!
Let me know if you have any more questions or if I have been a complete waste of time
Best of luck