The NSW Ministry of Health aims to recruit its employees from within
Australia. In some areas of the
workforce, from time to time there is a need to recruit experienced registered
nurses or registered midwives from overseas. These areas tend to be in rural
and remote locations of New South Wales or in mental health.
Nursing and midwifery in the NSW Public Health System offers excellent pay, job security and flexible working
hours and conditions. Employment can be gained by direct application to NSW
Health positions or through one of the
contracted Panel of Overseas Recruitment Agencies (PORA). There are 10 approved agencies on the PORA and
eight (8) of these provide screening and/or placement services for registered
nurses and midwives. They are (in alphabetical order):
- Chandler Macleod
- Geneva Health International Limited
- Health Staff Recruitment
- ICE Group
- International Medical Recruitment
- Plexus Medical Recruitment
- Professional Connections
- Vital International Recruitment
Am I eligible?
In order to practice as a registered
nurse or midwife in Australia and to be eligible for employment, you must be
registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of
Australia. Hospitals require evidence of current registration as a registered nurse
or midwife in Australia before they can make a job offer.
Overseas trained registered nurses
and midwives (with the exception of those holding New Zealand citizenship) must
also hold a visa that permits work in Australia. Generally to work in a NSW
public health facility and to gain visa sponsorship you will need to have at
least 18-24 months nursing or midwifery experience. For further information on visas contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection
How much will I be paid?
Salary rates are determined by years
of post graduate clinical experience with increases each year up to the eighth
year of experience for registered nurses and midwives. Evidence confirming your experience and
length of service will be required from your previous employers before your
salary rate is determined. More information about pay rates is available.
Health service recruitment
The NSW Health
system is comprised of the NSW Ministry of Health, Local Health Districts
(LHDs), Specialty Health Networks such as the Children’s Hospital Network and the
Justice & Forensic Mental Health Network as well as a range of other
services including the Ambulance Service of NSW and NSW Health Pathology.
The Local Health Districts are
responsible for providing healthcare in a wide range of settings, from
metropolitan tertiary health centres to primary care posts in the remote areas
of NSW. The Districts plan, deliver and coordinate local health services, including
public and community health, public hospitals, mental health services,
emergency transport, acute care, rehabilitation, counselling and many community
A list and maps of Local Health Districts and Specialty Health Networks is available.
Living in NSW
The picturesque state of New South Wales boasts an abundance of vibrant cities and major regional centres that
are home to diverse and thriving industries. Beyond the cosmopolitan borders of
Sydney, the state's capital, you will find the major coastal cities of
Newcastle and Wollongong, as well as many other attractive regional, rural and
remote towns. So whatever lifestyle you
are looking for, New South Wales has something to offer. More information
about living and working in New South Wales is available