I'm posting this mainly for any nurses out there who are thinking of making the move who are put off by all the bad reports of nightmares with qualifications and getting assessed in Oz. I applied to AHPRA mid Nov 2015. I had heard of and met several people who were having AHPRA provlems in particular. I personally met two people who had been waiting around a year for a decision by AHPRA as overseas applicants. I applied to ANMAC end of November 2015.
I had my application for both AHPRA and ANMAC granted today after both being submitted November time. I had delays in both applications as certain things hadn't been received from the UK from other parties such as IELTS, uni, and NMC. Once everything was correct, both were processed within 6 weeks! Bearing in mind xmas was in between I think this is great!!
If there are any words of wisdom I can impart to you it is to plan ahead! I made sure EVERYTHING was done before my applications went off. Although a few things hadn't been received, this was a case of contactng parties to re-send rather than start a request. Apart from the NMC, everyone sorted their parts within 24hours! The NMC resent within 16 days. Both of the people I knew either didn't have degree's and needed to be further decided on, or didn't have paperwork in order, bit missing etc, which all took ags to sort. One of them got turned down eventually, which as they were already in Adelaide was a massive blow.
I am a diploma qualified RMN, but I also have a BSc nurse practitioner so without this I could not have registered. If you want to go, you MUST be degree trained, whether that's primary or post qualification.
I spent ages hunting for info, and couldn't find anything positive, just moaning about how rubbish AHPRA is, so I hope this post helps even one nurse make the move by planning ahead, then my work is done! We also now need to try and get my AP trained hubby through AHPRA as an enrolled nurse.....
Now I just need the actual visa and me and my family can enjoy our new life very soon Good luck to amyone starting their exciting journey!