IRON Program Information

Each country has its own regulatory regime applicable to healthcare. Whilst experienced Nurses may be experts in their home country, differences between healthcare systems often necessitate programs of study to facilitate transition. 
In Australia, these are mandatory for Nurses from some countries. The Initial Registration for Overseas Registered Nurses (IRON) is a bridging program, also known as an Entry to Practice for Internationally Qualified Nurses (EPIQ) program, which allows experienced overseas qualified Nurses from selected countries to apply for registration in Australia with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Who needs IRON? 
IRON bridging and re-entry qualification is designed for registered nurses who hold an overseas degree, and previously registered Australian nurses who wish to re-enter the workforce.
If you are an overseas qualified nurse looking to work in Australia, consider the IRON Programme.
What Visa for IRON:
 1. Visitor (Business Stream) Visa (Subclass 600) -
Ideal for nurses to undertake an approved bridging or pre-registration program for less than three months. Nurses who successfully complete the course may be able to apply in Australia for a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa. 
2. Student visa -
To obtain a student visa, your nursing course must be registered. 
See: Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).
If you want to work whilst you study the student visa will be the best option (providing the course you are looking to study is a registered one).  
Documents required: 
  • AHPRA Letter: 
  • IELTS 7 overall & each bands 7
  • IELTS: 7 overall & each bands 7
  • Graduate Nurses who have completed the Bachelor of Nursing and are registered with AHPRA and overseas Nurses with a Bachelor of Nursing or a Diploma of Nursing of 3 years duration and registered with the Nursing board in their country of origin.