Before spending money on working visa’s and Australian nursing registration fees, it’s important to determine exactly what you want to get out of the experience.

Perhaps you’ve always had a burning desire to travel the East Coast of Australia in a campervan, or have always wanted to scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef. Maybe it’s the challenge of nursing in a different country? or maybe it’s a great way to earn money whist you live in Australia and experience the way of life down under.

Whatever it is – have a think about it, and write down exactly why you want to nurse in Australia. If you decide that it is to simply tick a few destinations off your bucket list, then maybe all you need to do, is to come to Australia for a holiday!?

The reasons you write down may be many and varied, and they will be individual to you. Working out your motivations now, will assist in your decision making to come. Have a think about what’s important to you. The list below might help as a starting point;

• To travel a new country
• To experience living in a foreign city
• Because you need a change
• You need some time off your current job
• You want greater flexibility
• To meet people and make new friends
• To expand your nursing skills

Once you have determined what motivates you to nurse in Australia, you can then narrow down what sort of work will be suitable, what your visa options are, and where you might like to start your journey.