Returning to Nursing

Returning to Nursing

There are many reasons why nurses and midwives may take a break from their professional role. However, when exploring returning to practice and particularly when registration has lapsed, getting back on the Register is not an automatic entitlement.

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) sets the standards for practice and requirements for registration. The registration processes are managed by the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) on behalf of the Board. The NMBA website provides comprehensive information and should be reviewed to understand contemporary professional requirements. Of particular interest to those returning to practice will be:

  • Application Form details
  • Recency of Practice Registration Standards
  • Re-entry to Practice Policy for Nurses and Midwives
  • Re-entry to Practice Frequently Asked Questions

AHPRA may advise the completion of a re-entry program. A list of approved programs of study is available from the NMBA website

The Returning to Nursing Fact Sheet also provides information that may be useful.

Re-entry to Practice Scholarships

The Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services provides scholarships to assist previously registered or enrolled nurses to re-enter the workforce and to complete a NMBA-accredited re-entry program.

Tasmanian Government Scholarship eligibility criteria include:

  • Australian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Tasmanian resident for at least a 12-month period immediately prior to the time of application.
  • Previously registered, not practiced for 5-10 years, and unable to meet registration requirements.
  • Holds Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) approval to complete a re-entry to practice program in order to regain registration.
  • Acceptance into an accredited re-entry to practice program, including confirmation of the required clinical placement.
  • Completion of the scholarship application form, including a statement outlining how the scholarship will benefit the applicant in returning to practice and future professional intentions.
  • Satisfactory interview where required.
  • Tasmanian residents should contact the Department of Health and Human Services, Nursing and Midwifery Unit, to find out more about this scholarship opportunity..

Health Workforce Scholarships Program

The Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP) is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health. The program is designed to improve access to services needed in rural and remote areas across Australia by supporting an increase in skills, capacity and/or scope of practice.The HWSP will be available to eligible medical, nursing and allied health professionals working in primary health care, not employed by the Tasmanian government and located in, or providing services to areas categorised as Modified Monash 3-7 under the Modified Monash Model.

Scholarships/bursaries made to health professionals must be directly related to training and up-skilling health professionals who will provide services within the above mentioned areas and be justifiable against the perceived workforce benefit of the training. Applications should be made by submitting the HR+ HWSP Scholarship or Bursary Application to

Guidelines and further information on the HWSP are available here

The HWSP Application Form is available here

If you wish to discuss your eligibility or obtain further information please phone (03) 6332 8600

Returning to Nursing Inquiries

For inquires regarding scholarship opportunities to support returning to nursing, please contact:

Office of the Chief Nurse and Midwife
Department of Health
Phone: (03) 6166 1570