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Get ready for your next adventure with HCA Travel Nurse. You’ll work with a dedicated consultant who will find the placements that suit your skills, availability and of course the must go to locations!

With HCA Travel Nurse you can work in and explore regional, rural and remote communities across Australia. Our team will organise your travel, make sure you have all the information and tips you need before you go, and be at the end of the phone for anything you might need along the way.

We’re always seeking new candidates with 2+ years post graduate experience who are looking for a new working adventure. Whether you’re considering your first placement outside of the metropolitan area (or even within Australia!) and are New to Remote , or are a seasoned Remote Area Nurse — we would love to hear from you.

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Whether it's just a few shifts or a few months we'll work to send you to your 'must go' locations

Where can I go if I join the HCA Travel Nurse Team?

Healthcare Australia’s Travel Nurse division offer placements nationally. Whether you’re looking to work coastal, in the remote outback or a farming community, we have 500+ opportunities in facilities across New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania and all of Western Australia! Our experienced consultants are here to guide you every step of the way and help match you up to placements that best suits your clinical skills and get you out to your bucket list travel locations.

What’s the difference between Regional, Rural & Remote?

Regional Australia encompasses the larger towns, small cities and areas that lie beyond the major capital cities. Some examples include Geraldton WA, Hervey Bay QLD, and Broken Hill NSW. Regional locations are the perfect choice for those of you who are new to Travel Nurse placements as they have hospital services with the resources to provide a broad range of healthcare offerings to the community.

A rural area is a geographic location that falls beyond regional towns and cities and are usually much smaller in size. Examples include Margaret River WA, Cleve SA, Alice Springs NT and Mt Isa, QLD. These locations are great first or second placements for candidates who are confident with their clinical skills and happy to work in smaller team environments.

Remote locations in Australia are isolated from larger communities/ towns and are often made up of primarily indigenous populations. Healthcare workers will be based in facilities including small clinics and remote aged care facilities which run on small teams of staff, with minimal infrastructure and accessibility in comparison to cities and regional & rural towns. Only experienced rural & remote healthcare providers are suitable to work in these locations. (The New to Remote Pathway is a great opportunity for those with the goal of working towards a career in remote health)

Who can work Travel Nurse?

High demand specialities in rural and remote locations include:

Registered Nurses specialising in:

  • Emergency Department (with triage and resuscitation skills)
  • Mental Health (Community & Acute)
  • Corrections
  • Acute Medical/Surgical
  • Remote Area Nurses

Registered Midwives:

  • Dual Registered & Direct Entry (with labour & delivery skills)

Enrolled Nurses specialising in:

  • Emergency Department

Support Workers specialising in:

  • Aged Care (Minimum Certificate 3 qualified)

How do I join the Travel Nurse Team?

To initially express interest in joining HCA’s Travel Nurse Team you will need to provide a current resume via the website, so we are able to assess your suitability based on years of experience (minimum 2+ years post graduate), clinical background, and current demand. You can express your interest by clicking here.

If deemed suitable to proceed, we will then get in touch with you to complete a telephone interview, talk about working as a Travel Nurse and answer any questions you might have. We will then request two clinical referees to contact whom you have worked with in the past 2 years in a direct supervisory capacity.

At this time, we will provide you with our application pack to complete and request several documents including National Police Check, serology & vaccination records, mandatory competencies, and payroll documents. We will not be able to express interest in any roles until you have provided all requested documentation, completed satisfactorily.

For more information on working in rural and remote locations with Healthcare Australia’s Travel Nurse team, please contact us on 1300 885 728 or complete the below enquiry form.

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Travel Nursing in Australia

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Travel nursing in Australia is a great option in international travel nursing if you want to be both adventurous and speaking English.  Nursing in Australia is possible only if you’ve registered through the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency, or AHPRA. Like the US, each Australian state capital has its own office, but there is no exam you have to pass to become a Registered Nurse in Australia. In order to go travel nursing in Australia, you just have to have the proper schooling and experience with verifiable proof of both.

Just hearing back from the AHPRA can take months so if you’re interested in travel nursing in Australia you should start the application right now. You’ll be sent a list of all the necessary documents from your employers and nursing school. Some of these documents include your nurse school transcript where they expect to see that you’ve taken a class in Medication Administration and Pharmacology. They’ll want to see over 800 hours logged in a clinical setting.

The board will also need employment verification from your current employer and your last 5 years of employment. The AHPRA does require letters from your employers that must include information about your employment such as the length of your employment if your employment was part time or full time and it must be on a company letterhead. You will have to sign each and every page of your Resume/CV as well. The AHPRA will want to see all the different state licenses you’ve obtained.

The AHPRA may also ask for details of your clinical time and a letter from your high school to ensure that your education was in English. If you cannot get this letter from your high school you can take the IELTS. Most travel nurses also must take the International English Language Testing System exam, or the IELTS, to prove they can speak English, but US citizens are exempt.

The application fee is $576 AU and the application process usually takes around 7 months. Once you’ve gotten your license, you’re free to look for a job ! Your Australian registration also enables you to apply to be a travel nurse in New Zealand with relative ease. That process is kind of like nursing in one US state and getting a license to work in another state.

You will have to obtain a Visa to work. The varying types of Visas you can apply for depend on your age. If you are under 30 you can successfully apply for a Work-Holiday Visa if you can pass a criminal background check. These Work-Holiday Visas usually last for up to 12 months and the only caveat is that you may not work for the same employer for more than 6 months. Essentially after working at a hospital for 6 months, you have to switch to another hospital for the next 6 months.

If you are over 30 years old you have to apply for a Sponsorship Visa. In order to obtain a Sponsorship Visa, a hospital has to sponsor you and Sponsorship Visas will be valid for up to 4 years. If after 4 years you still want to live and work in Australia you can apply for a permanent residency. The island is sparsely populated so they’re very open to immigration these days.

There are 2 ways travel nurses can go about taking nursing assignments. One is per diem and the other is by taking lengthy contracts. If you work Per Diem you get the flexibility of switching locations much more easily. While contract working does provide stability, those contracts can tie you down to one location for the duration of your visa.

Switching facilities every day is made easier by the fact that the majority of hospitals in Australia still use paper charting. Only a handful of the hospitals situated around universities has electronic health records. But since you don’t have to learn a new computer charting system each time, switches occur much more seamlessly than in the United States as new nurses hardly need a five-minute orientation. Just good luck making out everyone’s handwriting! 😉

Depending on your nursing specialty , travel nursing in Australia offers pay rates that aren’t as high as California, but are relatively close to the pay rates in Florida. If you want to take the next step for travel nursing in Australia, finding an agency is just a google search away and every website is in English.  We’d recommend searching for Healthcare Australia’s Nursing Down Under!

Australia Nursing Council: 683 Murray Street West Perth, 6005 WA, Australia +61-8-9481-2488

General Information Email:  [email protected]

Overseas Information Email:  [email protected]

PC:  @kaylaahussey

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