The skills assessment process depends on the type of current registration as a nurse or midwife.
- Registration in a country other than Australia or New Zealand – Full Skills Assessment
- Registration in Australia or New Zealand – Modified Skills Assessment
- Letter of “Notice of in principle approval of registration subject to proof of identity” – Modified PLUS Skills Assessment
Minimum requirement for a Modified Skills Assessment is a registration with:
- the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), or
- the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ), or
- the Midwifery Council of New Zealand (MCNZ)
In Australia, the assessment for registration is conducted by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) on behalf of NMBA.
Applicants who are not registered in Australia but hold a current letter of ‘Notice of in principle approval of registration subject to proof of identity’ from AHPRA, qualify for a Modified PLUS Skills Assessment.
Minimum qualification requirements for a Full Skills Assessment are:
- Hong Kong
With exception of recent graduates from Australia or New Zealand, all nurses and midwives need to submit professional references that show a minimum of three months, full time equivalent (thirty eight hours per week or more), paid work. References must be manually signed by referees due to the fact that electronic signatures are not acceptable. ANMAC does not review employment records that are over 10 years old and does not accept pay slips, tax certificates and other statements in lieu of professional references.
In addition, applicants need to demonstrate that they are fit to practice without restrictions. To satisfy this criterion, a verification of registration or certificate of good standing letter must be posted or faxed to ANMAC office or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by the registration authority of the issuing country or jurisdiction. ANMAC does accept photocopies, faxes or scanned copies of the letter from any other source.
ANMAC receives about 6000 skills assessment applications annually and current processing time is around 2-3 weeks. Outcomes of the assessment can be appealed within 30 days of the initial Letter of Determination.