Each applicant is assessed individually by the New Zealand Nursing Council (NZNC). The NZNC does not have a system of registration or mutual registration with foreign health authorities. The only exception to this rule applies to nurses registered in Australia (see below). When conducting the assessment, the NZNC normally expects you to meet the following requirements: People who wish to work in care professions in New Zealand must go through the three steps listed below. Please also check the visa information at the end of the page. (The procedure for nurses currently registered in Australia is slightly different – see below). The Board of Care is particularly pedantic in the presentation of documents. One of the main problems faced by candidates is that their application and documentation are not properly certified notarized. Make sure that ALL photocopies of original documents (such as passports, diplomas/diplomas, transcripts, marriage/birth certificates, etc.) are properly certified.
The nurses` board of directors clearly indicates who has the right to certify these documents in a notarized manner and how to do so. In most cases, this must be done by a lawyer or justice of the peace. You cannot send documents by fax or e-mail to the Nurses` Chamber. All documents must be original or certified. If you have a New Zealand register of nurses or midwives, you can easily transfer your registration to Australia. To do so, you must download the Trans Tasman Recognition Mutual application from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia website. In accordance with the Mutual Recognition Act 1992 and the Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 2003, a “registration” is recognized from the date your application was received. This means that if your application and fees are correct, you can practice nursing.
The accepted registration period can vary from 10 working days to 3 months depending on the National Steering Committee. During this time, the board of directors can carry out a substantive check and decide whether to grant or refuse your full registration. After the expiry of the accepted period, you will receive the full registration….