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Additional requirements for Nursing and Midwifery Courses

Before you can be considered for a place in a Nursing or Midwifery course, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) requires that all applicants demonstrate their English language proficiency via one of the following options:

Option 1: English is your primary language AND you have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed solely in English. At least two years of this education must have been between grades 7 and 12. This education must have been completed in one or more of the following countries; Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America.

If this describes you, then you will need to complete a declaration confirming that you meet the requirements as described above.

Option 2: You are already registered with AHPRA as an Enrolled Nurse (EN), Registered Nurse (RN), or Midwife.

If this describes you, then you will need to provide details of your AHPRA registration including your registration number and a copy of your registration certificate. If you are registered on the pandemic response sub-register only, you will need to demonstrate your English language proficiency via option 1 or option 3.

Option 3: You do not meet the criteria with either of the above options. You will need to sit an approved English language proficiency test.

If this describes you, then you will need to sit one of the following approved English language proficiency tests and achieve the minimum scores: IELTS Academic, TOEFL iBT, PTE Academic, or OET. Before booking one of these tests, please check to see which tests are accepted by the institution you are applying to.

How do I provide this information to QTAC?

Once you have submitted your application for a nursing or midwifery course through QTAC, you will be sent a request via e-mail for more information about your English language proficiency. You will need to complete the request by filling out the option that applies to you, and uploading the document to your application.

How do I fill out the English language proficiency request?

If you are selecting option 1: you must tick the box, print your name, date and sign the declaration. When you upload the declaration, please ensure that your scan or photo captures the entire declaration page.

If you are selecting option 2: you must tick the box, provide your current AHPRA registration number and attach a copy of your current AHPRA registration certificate. Please note that if you are registered on the pandemic response sub-register only, you will need to demonstrate your English language proficiency via option 1 or option 3.

If you are selecting option 3: you must tick the box. If you have completed an approved English language proficiency test you can upload this with your completed form. If you have not yet completed a test, we will send you a reminder to upload your results once available.

Once completed, upload the form to your QTAC application. Please note that we cannot progress your application until we receive this information.

Frequently asked questions

What is the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC)?

ANMAC  is the independent authority responsible for accrediting education providers and programs of study for the nursing and midwifery profession. Nursing and midwifery programs accredited by ANAMC are eligible to be listed as a Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) approved program of study. 

Why have the English language proficiency requirements for entry into nursing and midwifery courses changed?

ANMAC has recently reviewed the accreditation standards for nursing and midwifery courses. As a result of this review, increased requirements around English language proficiency have been determined. All applicants must demonstrate their English language proficiency (as specified by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s (NMBA) English language skills registration standard) via one of the options outlined before they can be made an offer to study in a nursing or midwifery course.

Why do I need to sign a declaration?

If English is your primary language and you meet the requirements as outlined in option 1, ANMAC requires that you confirm this with a formal written declaration. Whilst you are not required to submit documentation to support this, institutions reserve the right to request supporting documentation to verify your declaration at any time.

I completed all of my education in Australia, do I still need to sign the declaration?

Yes. All applicants are required to confirm this with a formal written declaration as per option 1.

Can  I use a digital or electronic signature to sign the declaration?

Yes. Digital and electronic signatures are accepted. Please note that digital and electronic signatures are not the same as a typed signature. Typed signatures are not accepted.

Do I need to submit a separate declaration for each of my different nursing preferences?

No. If you have listed multiple nursing or midwifery preferences in your application, you will only need to upload one declaration. This will be used to determine your eligibility across all preferences.

I am registered with AHPRA on the pandemic response sub-register, will this meet the requirements for option 2?

No. Applicants registered on the pandemic response sub-register must demonstrate their English language proficiency via option 1 or option 3.

I do not meet the requirements via option 1 or option 2, do I need to sit an English proficiency test?

Yes. You will need to sit an approved English language proficiency test (IELTS Academic, TOEFL iBT, PTE Academic, or OET) and achieve the minimum scores. Before booking one of these tests, please check to see which tests are accepted by the institution you are applying to.

I have previously submitted a declaration or English language proficiency test in a previous application year, am I required to provide this again?

Yes. You will need to fill out and upload your declaration or English language proficiency test results to your new QTAC application. 

I am already enrolled in another nursing course, do I still need to demonstrate my English language proficiency when I reapply?

Yes. All applicants must demonstrate their English language proficiency via one of the three options outlined above to be considered for entry to a nursing and midwifery course from 2021.

Can I demonstrate my English language proficiency after I have enrolled?

No. ANMAC requires that all applicants demonstrate their English language proficiency via one of the three options before they can be offered a place in a nursing or midwifery course.

When will QTAC send me the request for my English language proficiency information?

You will receive the request via e-mail within 48hours of submitting your application. If you have not received an e-mail within 48 hours, log in to your QTAC application services account and check under the outstanding documents tab for Advice regarding eligibility for Nursing.

How do I upload my English language proficiency information and supporting documents?

Once you have completed all of the required fields in the option that applies to you, log in to your QTAC application services account and go to Outstanding Documents, then upload your document/s against Advice regarding eligibility for Nursing.

What happens if I fill out the English language proficiency request incorrectly?

If you do not complete all of the required fields in the option that you are selecting, we will ask you to fill out the request again. Your application will be on hold until QTAC receives a complete English language proficiency request.

Do I need to upload both pages of the English language proficiency request to my application?

No. If you are selecting option 1, please upload the first page ensuring that your scan or photo captures the entire page. If you are selecting option 2 or 3, please upload the second page.

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