Have received some information from the agency who have hooked me up with a job in Adelaide, as many will know the delays in processing of registration via AHPRA are currently an obstacle. Currently awaiting this myself after paperwork couriered to them in August 2010, personally am expecting mine any time now as they they have been working on my application for a few months now....
"For all of you who have submitted registration applications to AHPRA good news has
finally arrived; registration applications are now being processed inside three
months. Since the formation of the new board we have been concerned about the
timeframes given to us by the AHPRA, but now nurses who submitted their
applications in August have started to receive confirmation letters of their eligibility
to register so there is movement. In other news, the AHPRA recommends all nurses get their
registration applications in ASAP as they are expecting 30,000 local graduate applications in the
coming months. The AHPRA is now accepting applications at all its offices, so now to speed up
the process you can send your application to the office nearest to your job offer location.
On the IELTS front, there has been some wrong information given to many nurses
about the IELTS requirement. The AHPRA call centres were informing nurses that if
they did complete their secondary education in English that they would be eligible
for registration without the need for IELTS. O’Grady Peyton raised this issue with the
AHPRA and they explained that this information was given out by misinformed call
centre staff. The previously outsourced call centre is soon to be phased out over the
next few months and will be brought in-house at the AHPRA.
According to the IELTS test centres next year the IELTS cost will rise to £130 so it is
more important than ever to pass first time.
For all nurses travelling to South Australia the SA Health Service has introduced new
immunisation requirements. These requirements are quite comprehensive and require
you to produce documentation from your GP/occupational health department; stating
that you have had the required immunisations or/and an antibody titer, which
documents your immunity.
Currently on average DIAC are now processing and granting 457 visas within a
seven week period. This reduced processing time has helped to counteract the
significant processing time taken by the AHPRA."
via O'Grady Peyton recruitment.
I have to say myself I may have been one of the lucky ones as I have managed to get replies from emails to AHPRA keeping me sort of up to date. Google 'AHPRA delays' and you will see this affects a lot of folk, whether Aussies or visitors. Fortunately the employers are ok with the delay and will put back the start date for work :-)