If you are registered and working as a nurse or midwife in Victoria this information is for you. It includes guidelines for nursing and midwifery practice and different options for how you might further your career.
Scope of practice
There is often confusion about what nurses or midwives can and cannot do in practice.
Much of what we may think of a nurse being ‘allowed’ to do may be just routine. In fact, there are very few activities that are restricted.
The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) guidelines help nurses, midwives and their employers to make professional decisions about their practice.
They include information:
- for nurses and midwives to help them develop their practice in new areas
- about delegation and supervision of nursing and midwifery activities.
Full-time, part-time and casual nursing and midwifery jobs are available in more than 80 public health services and 180 public aged care facilities across metropolitan and rural Victoria.
Applications for nursing and midwifery positions in Victoria go directly to the employer.
Health services maintain career web pages displaying vacancies within their service and clinical environments.
Maternal and child health nurse
In Victoria, maternal and child health (MCH) nurses are registered nurses who generally have postgraduate midwifery qualifications. They then go on to do extra qualifications in maternal and child health.
Refugee nurse program
The Refugee Health Nurse Program (RHNP) recruits community health nurses with expertise in working with culturally and linguistically diverse and marginalised communities.
Victorian nurse immunisers
From 1 July 2010 there is no endorsement category for nurse immunisers under the national health practitioner registration scheme.
In Victoria, the possession and administration of vaccines by registered nurses is regulated by the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 and its Regulations (2006).
Any registered nurse, registered midwife or enrolled nurse (who does not have a notation) can administer a drug in accordance with an order for that client from a medical officer or nurse practitioner. This includes vaccines.
Wages and entitlements
The Nurses and Midwives (Victorian Public Sector) (Single Interest Employers) Enterprise Agreement 2012-2016 contains the relevant information on wage rates and allowances in public sector nursing and midwifery.
Preparing for a new role
Pre-employment or pre-placement safety screening (police checks)
You may need to have a pre-employment or pre-placement screening check (for example, police check) if you are employed in a public health and aged care facility and are in direct:
- client contact
- patient contact
- management of these services.
Healthcare worker vaccination
Education and training opportunities
Nurses and midwives have a responsibility to make sure their knowledge and skills are up-to-date. You can do this through both formal and informal training, available through public and private providers. This type of training can include:
- short courses
- educational forums
- in-service programs.
If you have a Learning and Development team at your organisation, talk to them about what training you can access. See also in the right hand navigation for some further resources..
For nurses and midwives who would like to specialise, there's a range of courses available including:
- postgraduate certificates
- postgraduate diplomas
- master's qualifications
- doctorate degree.
Nurse practitioners have completed extra university study to be able to perform extra duties such as prescribe treatments and medications.
Maternity Connect Program
The Maternity Connect Program (MCP) is a Department of Health initiative. It supports public rural and regional maternity services and their workforce to meet their maternity population care needs through clinical placements at larger regional or metropolitan hospitals.
Enrolled nurses have a range of opportunities to build their clinical practice and career opportunities. Post-registration education modules are available through private or public registered training organisations.
Enrolled nurses are able to upgrade their nursing qualifications to a registered nurse qualification through formal tertiary study. The department is currently offering a scholarship you may be eligible for. For more information, see .
International nurses and midwives
The Victorian Government supports international and Australian health professionals, including nurses and midwives, who have secured a role in a public health service by offering a clear pathway into working in Victoria.
This includes offering an international travel reimbursement to help with relocation costs.
Overseas nurses or midwives wishing to work in Australia are required to fulfil a number of criteria prior to arriving in Australia.
Health and wellbeing
For general information regarding health and wellbeing see
Safety for health workers
The Victorian Government is committed to addressing violence in healthcare settings and reducing violence against all healthcare staff, including nurses and midwives.
Reviewed 17 September 2023