Re-Entry to Nursing and Midwifery Practice

Re-entry to Nursing & Midwifery

There are many reasons why nurses and midwives may take a break from their practice. However, returning to practice may not be an automatic entitlement and requires an application to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

Has your nursing or midwifery registration lapsed?

If your registration has lapsed, and you have not practised in the last five years, you will need to provide the NMBA with sufficient information to review your individual requirements for re-entry to practice and apply for provisional registration.

Recency of practice requirements apply to all nurses and midwives and must be met for registration.  To meet recency of practice you must have practised for a minimum of 450 hours within the past five years. Nursing or midwifery practice is not restricted to the provision of direct clinical care and includes working in areas like coordination, management, education, policy and research in areas related to nursing or midwifery. It may be that you still meet recency of practice if you have been working in a nursing or midwifery related non-clinical area of practice.

It is important that you refer to the NMBA registration standards, codes, guidelines and policy documents. For full information visit the NMBA website.

More information

The tabs below contain all the relevant information for re-entry to practice

This information is also available as a printable Re-entry Information Sheet  [PDF]

Re-entry to Nursing or Midwifery Practice

Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

All health practitioners registration processes are managed by AHPRA. The requirements for registration are consistent across each state and territory under the Health Practitioners Regulation National Law (2009).

When you apply for registration, your application is carefully assessed against the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia requirements for registration. This is to ensure you are suitably trained, qualified and fit to practice in the professions.

For further information please visit the AHPRA website.

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA)

NMBA Registration Standards define the requirements you need to meet to be registered. NMBA registration ensures nurses and midwives meet nationally determined standards for practice. NMBA has developed the following core registration standards that apply to applicants for registration and currently registered nurses and midwives.

NMBA Core Registration Standards
  • Criminal history registration standard
  • English language skills registration standard
  • Registration standard: Continuing professional development
  • Registration standard: Recency of practice
  • Registration standard: Professional indemnity insurance arrangements
Re-entry to Practice

Nurses or midwives seeking registration who no longer meet the registration standards - recency of practice and continuing professional development or who have let their registration lapse should contact the NMBA. The NMBA are responsible for assessing your individual situation. NMBA will advise you what processes are required for your registration to be renewed. The NMBA may advise, that in your individual situation a condition of registration is the successful completion of a NMBA approved re-entry to practice pathway.

For those seeking to re-enter practice, please read through all of the following important documents available at the NMBA website:

  • Policy - Re-entry to Practice Policy for nurses and midwives 2019
  • Fact Sheet - Provisional registration information for nurses and midwives
  • Fact Sheet - Re-entry to practice
  • Registration standard: Recency of practice
  • Registration standard: Continuing professional development

The NMBA may recommend you undertake a re-entry to practice pathway via supervised practice or a formal program to attain full registration. The Department of Health (DoH) and the Tasmanian Health Service (THS) are now able to offer the following pathway options to nurses and midwives re-entering the professions:

  1. NMBA Re-Entry to Practice – Supervised Practice – Pathway 1
    • Supervised practice consists of completing a total of 450 hours of combined direct and indirect supervision in a clinical setting
  2. NMBA Re-Entry to Practice – Program – Pathway 2
    • Re-entry is through a formal program of theory and clinical practice via an NMBA approved program of study.

For further information on each Pathway Option available through the DoH – please refer to the relevant tab below.

NMBA -  Supervised Practice - Pathway 1

Re-entry to practice - Supervised Practice - Pathway 1

Department of Health requirements

To participate in Supervised Practice please call or email the Office of the Chief Nurse and Midwife to discuss your options  (see contact information tab below).

Once we determine that you are eligible to undertake Supervised Practice, you will complete the Application Form (see Application Form tab below) and submit it as directed.

Your application will be reviewed to make sure it meets the relevant criteria as set by the NMBA and the DoH. If approved, a Supervised Practice position within the Tasmanian Health Service will be negotiated for you.

There is limited financial support available each year.  Meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee support.The following eligibility criteria must be met:

  • Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Tasmanian resident for the 12-month period, immediately prior to the time of application
  • a registered nurse or midwife who has not practised for 5-10 years and unable to meet NMBA registration requirements
  • obtained NMBA written approval to complete Re-entry to Practice via Pathway 1
  • be accepted into Supervised Practice Pathway 1 with Tasmanian Health Service (THS)
NMBA requirements

NB: To participate in Supervised Practice you must have provisional registration with the NMBA.

Supervised Practice consists of completing a total of 450 hours of combined direct and indirect supervision in a clinical setting. The NMBA needs to approve the supervised practice placement and you will need to submit the following information to the NMBA:

  • Letter of offer for a supervised practice position: before commencing practice
  • Supervised practice agreement: before commencing practice
  • Supervised practice plan: within 14 days of commencing practice
  • Formative reports as listed in the supervision guidelines provided by the NMBA
  • Summative report as listed in the supervision guidelines provided by the NMBA

The NMBA provides detailed information on the reporting requirements for the supervised practice pathway. For more information on the requirements for supervised practice, refer to NMBA

Approved Applicants
  • Approved applicants will be employed as per the Nurses and Midwives (Tasmanian Public Sector) Award and Agreement (Gr2 Y1 or Gr3 Y1) as a day worker (Monday to Friday) for the period of Supervised Practice. Costs such as childcare, accommodation and travel are not included and must be met by applicant.
  • You will be employed for a fixed-term period by the DoH and paid through normal payroll processes
  • You must undertake direct supervision on commencement of Supervised Practice – Pathway 1 for a minimum of 75 hours. This will be undertaken as full-time hours.
  • Subject to approval by the NMBA, you will progress to indirect supervision, working at a minimum of three (3) shifts per week until a total of 450 hours are completed.
  • You must successfully complete and submit all Supervised Practice – Pathway 1 assessments as per the NMBA approved time-frames and requirements.
  • Following successful completion of the requirements of Supervised Practice - Pathway 1, submit final documentation to  APHRA including application for general registration for consideration by the NMBA.
  • Following completion of the requirements of Supervised Practice - Pathway 1 or at the end of the fixed-term employment period, your employment arrangements with DoH will cease.
  • Once general registration is granted, application for ongoing employment as nurse or midwife with THS is through the normal recruitment processes.

NMBA - Re-entry to Practice Program - Pathway 2

Re-entry to Practice - Pathway 2 - Re-entry to Practice Program

Department of Health requirements

For advice on support for a Re-entry to practice program please call or email the Office of the Chief Nurse and Midwife to discuss your options.

Once it is confirmed that you meet the eligibility criteria to undertake a Re-entry to practice please complete the Application Form and submit it as directed. There is limited financial support available each year.  Meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee support.

The following eligibility criteria must be met to apply for support:

  • Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Tasmanian resident for the 12-month period, immediately prior to the time of application
  • a previously registered nurse or midwife who has not practised for 5-10 years and unable to meet NMBA registration requirements
  • obtained NMBA written approval to complete Re-entry to Practice via Pathway 2
  • be successful in being accepted into a NMBA approved Re-entry to practice Program, including evidence of a secured clinical placement for the practice component of the program
NMBA Requirements

The NMBA will provide you with a provisional registration, or a general registration with conditions, to allow you to undertake a Re-Entry to practice program.  There is usually a 12 month limit on this registration.

Applicants must review the available approved programs on the NMBA website to identify one that meets their individual needs and contact the education provider directly regarding enrolment and practice placement.

Re-entry to Practice Programs
  • Programs are available through approved education providers, and are interstate based
  • re-entry to practice programs generally consist of two units of theory and a unit of clinical placement.  This may take one to two semesters to complete
  • successfully completing a re-entry program means you are eligible to apply for registration
Approved applicants
  • The Department of Health (DoH) will cover the cost of program unit fees for you to undertake an approved Re-Entry to Practice Program. Please note that participants must meet other costs (such as travel, accommodation, texts books, student union fees or uniforms).
  • Unit fees are paid directly to the program provider

Re-entry to Practice Program providers will notify the Department of Health in writing of any withdrawal or non-completion as soon as possible.

Application Form 

The Department of Health, Tasmania provides support to nurses and midwives to re-enter practice via the NMBA Supervised Practice - Pathway 1 or  Re-entry Program - Pathway 2.

To be eligible for the support, applicants must meet the following criteria

  • Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Tasmanian resident for the 12-month period, immediately prior to the time of application
  • a previously registered nurse or midwife who has not practised for 5-10 years and unable to meet NMBA registration requirements
  • obtained NMBA written approval to complete Re-entry to Practice via Pathway 1 or Pathway 2

Eligible applicants must complete the Application Form at the links below:

Application Form [MS Word] or  Application Form [PDF]

Evidence of Tasmanian residency.

To support your application you must provide evidence (12 months old) that shows your current residential address. Examples of required documentation are:

  • Financial Institution Statement
  • Utility Account (power, water, sewerage, telephone, gas)
  • Council Rate Notice
  • Lease or Rent Agreement
  • Land Tax Valuation Notice
  • Australian Taxation Office Assessment (current or last financial year)
  • Certificate of Title
Please complete the Application Form and return it to the

Office of the Chief Nurse and Midwife

via email ocnm@health.tas.gov.au

or

Office of the Chief Nurse and Midwife
Department of Health
GPO Box 125, Hobart TAS 7001

Please ensure your completed application provides all of the requested information.

Contact Information

Office of the Chief Nurse and Midwife

Health Professional Policy and Advisory Services

Department of Health, Tasmania

Level 7 / 22 Elizabeth Street, Hobart TAS 7000

Email: ocnm@health.tas.gov.au

PH: (03) 6166 1570