AHPRA is the regulation agency that registers and regulates all healthcare practitioners in Australia. In addition to this, AHPRA works with and supports 14 separate boards, that are specific to each individual healthcare profession. For nursing, this board is called the Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia (NMBA), and they are responsible for regulating all working Australian nurses and midwives. As a generalisation, these two boards (AHPRA and NMBA), whilst separate, work together to achieve a common goal, and as such, their names are sometimes used interchangeably.

ANMAC on the other hand, has a completely different purpose all together, and the two (ANMAC and AHPRA) should not be confused. Whilst AHPRA is concerned with registration and regulation, ANMAC is a skills assessment authority used for the purpose of migration. If you are wanting to move to Australia as a skilled migrant, ANMAC is the body that assesses you as an internationally qualified nurse or midwife.

ANMAC works to ensure that you are suitably qualified and that your skill will benefit Australia’s workforce. They look at your qualification, skills and experience to make sure you meet the requirements to be considered a skilled migrant, eligible to apply for an Australian Visa.