National registration is slated to take effect from July 2008. As it stands, much of the legal and organisational stuff has not been sorted out. My educators all suggest that it will be very likely that we will have to develop and maintain portfolios that demonstrate out suitability for re-registration each year (eg. a record of all inservices you've attended, courses and learning packages completed, teaching sessions you've conducted etc). Sort of like the CME that doctors have to do.
All my educators say is be prepared to pay more than you currently pay for your state registration!
I wonder how the pay rates will change. As it is, NSW nurses are the highest paid, but if we all work under the same national registration, how can the states argue that a nurse in Perth, for example, is 'worth' less than a nurse in Sydney?
It's very interesting to me. Check out http://www.nmb.nsw.gov.au/National-R...n/default.aspx
for more info (and just overlook the fact that they misspelt 'national' in the title).