Salary, Benefits and Visa

  1. Can anyone give us an idea of how much nurses in Australia and New Zealand earn monthly, annually?

    What is cost of living in these countries?

    What are the benefits/bonuses being enjoyed by nurses working in these countries?

    With the issue of unavailable US visas for nurses and the inability of UK to accept Filipino nurses at the moment, I'm sure many would want to work
    in Australia or New Zealand.

    I'd like to add more questions:

    What kind of visa will the nurses be sponsored? How long is the process going to take?

    What are the steps/things needed/requirements to be accomplished by a foreign nurse applicant(e.g. Philippine nurse)?

    Can foreign nurses become immigrants/be processed as immigrants(permanent residents)like in the USA?

    Can they also include the nurse's family/dependents in the petition like in the USA?

    After how many months or years can citizenship be acquired if they are already permanent residents?

    Are fresh graduates or those with little or no experience welcome to apply?

    Thank you.
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   pie_face
    suggest you use google, all the info you seek is readily available from the immigration web site of the country you want to go to, and from the health authority you want to work for, you are being a bit too general with your question, you should really research at least which country you wish to work in.
  4. by   Interested Party
    can anyone give us an idea of how much nurses in australia and new zealand earn monthly, annually?

    can i suggest a couple of hospital websites which address the like of wages and cost of living to give you some idea ........... midcentral district health board and
    queensland health: work for us of course, there are other health board in nz and australia which can be accessed depending on which state you want to work in. the above are the ones i am familiar with.

    what is cost of living in these countries?

    what are the benefits/bonuses being enjoyed by nurses working in these countries? checkout the hospital boards websites, they usually add infomation about benefits and bonuses.

    with the issue of unavailable us visas for nurses and the inability of uk to accept filipino nurses at the moment, i'm sure many would want to work
    in australia or new zealand.

    i'd like to add more questions:

    what kind of visa will the nurses be sponsored? how long is the process going to take?

    registration from the nursing boards are most important. most employers will suggest that your get nursing registrations before applying. to obtain registration in nz the governing board is nursing council nz and in australia are the state board of nursing not the anmc. anmc will verify your overseas registration and transcript for immigration purposes. check out dimia website department of immigration and multicultural affairs dimia is very strict about who can give advise about immigration matters. for nz new zealand immigration service

    what are the steps/things needed/requirements to be accomplished by a foreign nurse applicant(e.g. philippine nurse)?

    first you need nursing registration/licence. apply to one of the boards of nursing in australia. some boards will only give you the nursing registration/licence when you have a job offer in their state. when, you have the registration/licence in hand then you can start applying for jobs. you can apply via nursing agencies or directly to the hospitals.

    can foreign nurses become immigrants/be processed as immigrants(permanent residents) like in the usa? again, check out the above immigration websites. visa options for nurses - doctors and nurses - workers - visas & immigration

    can they also include the nurse's family/dependents in the petition like in the usa? check immigration websites

    after how many months or years can citizenship be acquired if they are already permanent residents? step 1: am i eligible?

    are fresh graduates or those with little or no experience welcome to apply?
    yes, new grads are welcome to apply for nursing registration/licence. applications can take months due to an influx of overseas nurses applying to australia. not sure about ncnz.
    thank you.[/quote]

    please bear in mind, the information i have is limited and regulations may have changed. if you have the time read the immigration websites, there are lots of info. in australia and nz, you don't have to use immigration attorney or the likes if you do not want to. feel free to post or pm me if you have any other questions.
  5. by   augigi
    Actually, I don't think new grads can come here, unless you have 12 of the past 18 months experience. CHeck the DIMIA website, or the British expats website.
  6. by   jammy
    HMM..im going to try with what i know of my mothers process for new zealand....my mother is an LPN now in the united states..now in nz there is now inbetween...your either a nurse assistant or registeredtnurse...so inbetweens like my mom usually end up nurse assistants.your value gets lowered...its harder to find work as a nurse assistant..than if you are a registered nurse any where else...Rn'S get jobs faster as nz is set up that way...well and other hgher up nurses..
    ***pay is better in public hospitals than private.mom makes less than half of what she makes down here...because of the nurse assistant label...
    ***cost of living depends on where your live....its cheaper in the south island and more expensive in the north,as more people live there.things that are very important to be affordable are cars,healthcare,car insurance and other things..most prices of things are aorund what things cost in america depending on what it is..there will always be things the cost a little more because nz is soo far away from places....
    ***the benfits from what i know is trying to get better..nurses want longer vacations.but the benefits seem alright good healthcare system in nz..
    ***if you want to work and live there perminantly then you either get stright away a preminant residenc.by having a job and enough points or a residence visa whic we have and wait the three months of working at your job to apply for perminant residence...you can get a work visa.all depends on what you want...some people chose them depending on your circumstance.you can always get a certified immigration specialist to give you a free evalution on your case..
    ***well first you have to get certified as a new zealand nurse and get your expression of interest.....usually for the expression you want to find a job so you points and outlook look good..when they accept you then you start the long process of acumulating birth cetificates,police records etc...it took us almost 2 years.because of long delays,trouble finding a job etc...everyones time varies,depends on how easy your case is...
    ***YEAH...like the usa you can put your family as depends as my mother did for us.im 24 so the age limit is 25...all your brothers and sisters will be asked of...incase in the long run you want to sponsor them down to live with you..
    ****5 years now to become citizen.used to be 3.but gov saw people were taking advantage of the situation
    ***im not too sure...if you just came out of nursing and have you registered nurse license....your work experience will probably have you lose some points for your application....and you may have trouble finding a job as a newbie......but im not sure .just ask around.trying getting your free evaluation and asking many more questions..i hope i helped a bit...

    we all just got our residence visa.it was alot of paperwork as it 5 of us..lots of ups and downs..but once your pre evalution show you have a good foundation and enough points with at least a job offer..some people dont have job offers and get threw...you have to actually get interviewed by a visa officer to see well if your right for living and working there..but yesgood points job offere helps and good health..then your ok..if you have a ticklish situation try to get a board certified specialist to help you.they make it soo easy and support you...just have all certifcates and things to prove your competance..be ready...hope this helps and made sense.bye*
  7. by   Interested Party
    Quote from augigi
    Actually, I don't think new grads can come here, unless you have 12 of the past 18 months experience. CHeck the DIMIA website, or the British expats website.
    Some of the nursing boards/council which I have spoken to stated that they will accept application from new grads.
    Quote from DIMIA ......................
    Working in Australia as a Nurse - Doctors and Nurses - Workers - Visas&Immigration
    Whether you have a high level of skills and experience or need to gain additional skills, there is a visa to suit you. There are excellent career opportunities with permanent and temporary work available in Australia. You can be in or outside Australia when you apply for a visa to work as a nurse. Unqoute.

    Realistically, the process of applying for nursing registration/licence takes minimum of 3 months. Most nurses would usually work as a nurse in their own countries whilst waiting for a reply from the nursing boards.

    A word of advise to all those who are considering applying to Australia and NZ.............. please................. provide all the required documents (certified true copies etc) with your application form. Read through the fact sheet or info sheet carefully. The nursing boards are not trying to make things difficult but they are being extra careful. There's been too many false documentation issues which have cost the consumers and health boards in Australia.

    Recently, I spoke with a nursing board (can't remember which one, as I have spoken to a number of them) about RNs with 2 year Associate Degree from the US. This particular nursing board now requires a transcript and syllabus/curriculum from the education provider and these are then compared to the syllabus/curriculum for RN education here in Australia. They compare how many hours each clinical placement etc.
  8. by   john83
    Quote from interested party
    can anyone give us an idea of how much nurses in australia and new zealand earn monthly, annually?

    can i suggest a couple of hospital websites which address the like of wages and cost of living to give you some idea ........... midcentral district health board and
    queensland health: work for us of course, there are other health board in nz and australia which can be accessed depending on which state you want to work in. the above are the ones i am familiar with.

    what is cost of living in these countries?

    what are the benefits/bonuses being enjoyed by nurses working in these countries? checkout the hospital boards websites, they usually add infomation about benefits and bonuses.

    with the issue of unavailable us visas for nurses and the inability of uk to accept filipino nurses at the moment, i'm sure many would want to work
    in australia or new zealand.

    i'd like to add more questions:

    what kind of visa will the nurses be sponsored? how long is the process going to take?

    registration from the nursing boards are most important. most employers will suggest that your get nursing registrations before applying. to obtain registration in nz the governing board is nursing council nz and in australia are the state board of nursing not the anmc. anmc will verify your overseas registration and transcript for immigration purposes. check out dimia website department of immigration and multicultural affairs dimia is very strict about who can give advise about immigration matters. for nz new zealand immigration service

    what are the steps/things needed/requirements to be accomplished by a foreign nurse applicant(e.g. philippine nurse)?

    first you need nursing registration/licence. apply to one of the boards of nursing in australia. some boards will only give you the nursing registration/licence when you have a job offer in their state. when, you have the registration/licence in hand then you can start applying for jobs. you can apply via nursing agencies or directly to the hospitals.

    can foreign nurses become immigrants/be processed as immigrants(permanent residents) like in the usa? again, check out the above immigration websites. visa options for nurses - doctors and nurses - workers - visas & immigration

    can they also include the nurse's family/dependents in the petition like in the usa? check immigration websites

    after how many months or years can citizenship be acquired if they are already permanent residents? step 1: am i eligible?

    are fresh graduates or those with little or no experience welcome to apply?
    yes, new grads are welcome to apply for nursing registration/licence. applications can take months due to an influx of overseas nurses applying to australia. not sure about ncnz.
    thank you.
    please bear in mind, the information i have is limited and regulations may have changed. if you have the time read the immigration websites, there are lots of info. in australia and nz, you don't have to use immigration attorney or the likes if you do not want to. feel free to post or pm me if you have any other questions. [/quote]

    thanks!
  9. by   john83
    Quote from augigi
    Actually, I don't think new grads can come here, unless you have 12 of the past 18 months experience. CHeck the DIMIA website, or the British expats website.
    I see, okay thanks.
  10. by   john83
    Quote from jammy
    HMM..im going to try with what i know of my mothers process for new zealand....my mother is an LPN now in the united states..now in nz there is now inbetween...your either a nurse assistant or registeredtnurse...so inbetweens like my mom usually end up nurse assistants.your value gets lowered...its harder to find work as a nurse assistant..than if you are a registered nurse any where else...Rn'S get jobs faster as nz is set up that way...well and other hgher up nurses..
    ***pay is better in public hospitals than private.mom makes less than half of what she makes down here...because of the nurse assistant label...
    ***cost of living depends on where your live....its cheaper in the south island and more expensive in the north,as more people live there.things that are very important to be affordable are cars,healthcare,car insurance and other things..most prices of things are aorund what things cost in america depending on what it is..there will always be things the cost a little more because nz is soo far away from places....
    ***the benfits from what i know is trying to get better..nurses want longer vacations.but the benefits seem alright good healthcare system in nz..
    ***if you want to work and live there perminantly then you either get stright away a preminant residenc.by having a job and enough points or a residence visa whic we have and wait the three months of working at your job to apply for perminant residence...you can get a work visa.all depends on what you want...some people chose them depending on your circumstance.you can always get a certified immigration specialist to give you a free evalution on your case..
    ***well first you have to get certified as a new zealand nurse and get your expression of interest.....usually for the expression you want to find a job so you points and outlook look good..when they accept you then you start the long process of acumulating birth cetificates,police records etc...it took us almost 2 years.because of long delays,trouble finding a job etc...everyones time varies,depends on how easy your case is...
    ***YEAH...like the usa you can put your family as depends as my mother did for us.im 24 so the age limit is 25...all your brothers and sisters will be asked of...incase in the long run you want to sponsor them down to live with you..
    ****5 years now to become citizen.used to be 3.but gov saw people were taking advantage of the situation
    ***im not too sure...if you just came out of nursing and have you registered nurse license....your work experience will probably have you lose some points for your application....and you may have trouble finding a job as a newbie......but im not sure .just ask around.trying getting your free evaluation and asking many more questions..i hope i helped a bit...

    we all just got our residence visa.it was alot of paperwork as it 5 of us..lots of ups and downs..but once your pre evalution show you have a good foundation and enough points with at least a job offer..some people dont have job offers and get threw...you have to actually get interviewed by a visa officer to see well if your right for living and working there..but yesgood points job offere helps and good health..then your ok..if you have a ticklish situation try to get a board certified specialist to help you.they make it soo easy and support you...just have all certifcates and things to prove your competance..be ready...hope this helps and made sense.bye*
    Thank you!
  11. by   jammy
    yep...your welcome.everyones situation is different so you may or may not have to get an immigration specialist to help you.like interested party suggested...just do you reseach...i wish you much luck and god speed on your case...

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