Icu nurse moving from uk to Australia

by Sarahcarty87 Sarahcarty87 (New) New

Hi, was looking for some advice. I have been an icu nurse for 7 years now and am looking to move to Australia, thinking about Queensland. Does anyone know hours/pay just now for critical care and if this specialty is difficult to enter in Australia?

anyone know of any agencies? My only issue would be , well it's been 7 years since I have done any general ward work so would feel more comfortable in crit care 😀


YeXinZhi, BSN, RN

Specializes in Telemetry, Emergency, Cardiology, Respiratory. Has 11 years experience. 157 Posts


Rates of pay are determined by the current Nurses' award, and they diffee by state. In queensland, the highest pay scale for grade 5 RN's is 7 (6 years experience and up) with the corresponding hourly rate of $43.53/hour.

Weekend rates would be $65.29 for Saturday (150%) and 76.17 for Sundays (175%). Afternoon shifts attract a 12.5% penalty and night shifts a 20% penalty.

I don't think you'd have a hard time getting a job as an ICU nurse but I'm not sure about overseas recruitment (specifically 457 work visas). You can try applying for permanent residence independently as a skilled worker. There are 3 large metropolitan hospitals in Brisbane and a big children's hospital plus other smaller public and private hospitals. There is also a big university hospital at the good coast and they've been recruiting for their ICU (they ad has been there for months!).

Good luck and I hope you get to settle in the lucky country!