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 seven (7) 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
  • Professional Connections
  • Vital International Recruitment

Am I eli​gible?

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 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 support programs.

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​.​​​

Page Updated: Thursday 23 June 2016
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