Department of Health

International nurse and midwife graduates (INMGs) are registered nurses, enrolled nurses and registered midwives who obtained their nursing and/or midwifery qualifications and initial registration in a country other than Australia.

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) is responsible for determining the appropriate pathway to registration in Australia for INMGs and has a framework for assessing applications for registration from INMGs.

The NMBA also has a factsheet and a list of frequently asked questions about the English language requirements for registration in Australia. See the links section.

The NMBA may require an INMG to undertake a bridging course before being registered. If required, the NMBA website has a list of approved course providers that you can contact.

INMG employment support grants

The INMG grant program is currently under review.

Supporting INMGs – literature review

The INMG Employment Support grant is based on the best available evidence about the support INMGs might need to help them be confident and effective in the workplace; it also encourages their retention in the workforce. To read this review of the literature, see the documents section.

CultureMate for Nursing

CultureMate for Nursing is an online resource for nurses and midwives who completed their training overseas, as well as for educators and preceptors who are supporting INMGs.

Access to CultureMate for Nursing is free to any nurse or midwife working in Victoria. Victorian users should register on the website to gain their free access.

This resource is a Victorian program jointly funded by the former Nurses Board of Victoria and the Department of Health & Human Services. It is now available online so it can be completed in your own time.

Contact the NMBA with enquiries about registration and re-registration.


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Reviewed 09 September 2015


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