If you’re in the final three months of completing your nursing or midwifery studies, ANMF encourages you to apply now to AHPRA, to initiate your Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) registration so you’re ready to commence working in 2024.
When you start the registration process earlier, the NMBA aims to have your registered application processed soon after you are advised of your successful academic results.
To start you need to create an account via their online services portal. You’ll be able to upload any new or additional information when it becomes available. For example, when you receive your final academic transcript, or employment contacts outlining the commencement dates for your graduate program.
1. Check your preparation
It’s important you read and make sure you understand the instructions. AHPRA have created a short instructional video on their graduate application page.
2. Review your application
Take your time to review your application to ensure you have all required certified documentation in the format they require ready for submission. Make sure you include items that demonstrate your proof of identity.
3. Ensure all pages of documents are certified
When certifying documents, initial every page and have the certifier include the statement as directed. Please note there are different words required for the authorising officer to use when certifying any document including a photograph.
The application process can be slowed down if you mistakenly do not submit supporting documentation in the specific format required, including the new wording required for certifying documents.
ANMF strongly encourage you to contact the Branch if you are unsure when you reach the Disclosures section of your application. You are required to provide accurate declarations with respect to professional indemnity insurance (PII) arrangements and impairments. Nurses and midwives are only required to declare impairments that detrimentally affect, or are likely to detrimentally affect, their capacity to practise the profession. If you have a medical condition that is managed and does not meet this threshold, then you are not required to declare this as an impairment. If you are unsure of the obligation to notify then please contact ANMF member assistance for advice.
5. Criminal history
If you need to make declarations around criminal history, then ensure you provide requisite detail in the accompanying statement. This would include details such as the full circumstance and what the outcome was, as well as any supporting documentation. If you are unsure of the obligation to notify, please contact ANMF member assistance for further advice.
6. Haven’t yet finished clinical placement?
If you have a clinical placement to finish, your registration process won’t be started until all course requirements are completed and your education provider sends the appropriate documentation. AHPRA has advised all education providers to inform them as soon as documentation is finalised.
If you are two weeks from starting your graduate program or new job and are having issues with your AHPRA registration, contact ANMF member assistance for further advice.