The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has announced that the English requirement of initial nurse registration will be assessed under the new requirement from 1 July 2015.
Currently, new nurses and midwifes have to prove their English proficiency by
showing that you are a native English speaker;
showing that you have been educatated to a certain level in English for at least 5 years in an English speaking country; and
showing a report of an English proficiency test with a certain score as the following tables
Sometimes it is quite harsh to ask for a non English native user to obtain a certain score in one sitting of a test. We always see someone get a high score in listening but insufficient score in another skill like writing. AHPRA decides to loose this requirement after a lengthy consultation. The big chages from 1 July 2015 will be that AHPRA will allow you to provide results from 2 sittings of a test given that
the two sittings are within 6 months;
you achieve the minimum overall score; and
no score in any component of the test is below the minimum requirement.
The following table will help you the understand the requirement of different English profiency test.
Some of you might ask if I can use results from 2 sittings to meet the visa application requirement. The answer is obviously NO. To get the 10 points of the proficient English in the point test for General Skilled Migration, you will still need to provide a test result with a certain score in 1 sitting.
For more details, please contact us for details or download the relevant AHPRA policy here.