Becoming a Registered Nurse in Australia is not a piece of cake. If you are willing to be an RN in Australia then you must go through the OBA (Outcomes-Based Assessment) process which is an assessment process for Internationally Qualified Nurses and Midwives (IQNMs) to allow them to practice nurse in Australia.
The OBA includes the Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) and you will have to join a Nursing Career Advancement Program for NCLEX-RN to prepare yourself for MCQ in OBA. An internationally qualified nurse or midwife (IQNM) needs to go through five important steps to get an Australian nursing license. Below we have mentioned all those steps in detail. Check it out.
If you are willing to be a registered nurse in Australia, the first thing you need to do is Self-Check. You must be an internationally qualified nurse or midwife (IQNM) to apply for the registration. In the Self-Check process, you need to provide all your academic information online, and based on your qualification, you will be assigned to a particular stream for registration.
There are three types of streams you may be assigned to. They are as follow:
After completing your self-check process, you can go for the IQNM assessment process where you need to pay an assessment fee of $640 AUD. This fee contributes to the IQNM documentation check. Keep in mind that this assessment fee is non-refundable.
After the IQNM Assessment Process, the next thing you need to do is have a 90-minute of video orientation where you have to take a quiz. The quiz questions will be on the context of Australian healthcare, and you have to answer the questions based on the video provided. You will not be charged any fee for the Orientation.
The next thing you need to do is participate in an NCLEX-RN test that AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) takes to determine your skills and competency in the nursing field. It is a completely computer-based exam and is consists of multiple-choice questions (MCQ). Click on the link to know more about NCLEX-RN. You will need to pay an NCLEX-RN registration fee of $200 USD and an additional international scheduling fee of $150 USD to participate in the NCLEX-RN test.
In addition to the NCLEX-RN exam, you will also need to clear an OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) test to become an RN in Australia. OSCE test is designed to test clinical skill performance and communication and clinical examination skills of an IQNM (Internationally Qualified Nurses and Midwives). The registration fee for an OSCE test is $4,000 AUD.