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Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I become a travel nurse in Australia?


travel nurse in AustraliaAsk a Travel Nurse Question:

Hi, I would appreciate some advice on how to begin to find a nursing job in Australia. I am planning on working for approximately 6 months in the New South Wales state. I have applied for my travel- working visa and will shortly apply for my nursing registration. I almost have 2 years nursing experience and intend to go this July. Is it advisable to search for a job before I go or while I’m out there. The idea of bank/agency work would suit me better as I intend to explore at the same time. Any advice would be great thank you.

Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:

I have written here before about international travel companies and would encourage you to check out this link on that post: International Travel Nursing Companies

I would want to make sure you had everything in place before actual travel. What if you get there and find there is one more thing you need to start work? As I’ve posted before, I can’t offer firsth and knowledge on international travel, but if I were to explore those options I would first join up with an agency. You see, an agency is going to make money off of the hours you work; therefore, they have a vested interest in making sure you have everything you need to start working. If you aren’t making money, they wont be making money.

Other than that, the suggestions in the aforementioned link will also apply to your situation. I hope this helps.

About the Author:

Hello everyone. I’m a travel nurse originally from Ohio who graduated in 1993 from Mount Carmel School of Nursing in Columbus. I completed a critical care fellowship at Riverside Methodist Hospital in 1994 and started traveling in that specialty a year later. My first travel assignment was in Maui and since that time I have completed close to 40 different contracts in various states with multiple travel companies. I am the author of Travel Nurse’s Bible (A Guide to Everything on Travel Nursing), in addition to my writings here and in the pages of Travel Nursing publications such as Healthcare Traveler Magazine and American Nurse Today. I am presently on assignment in Phoenix, AZ and travel anywhere from six to eleven months of the year.

15 Comments on "Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I become a travel nurse in Australia?"

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  1. Marian L says:

    thanks for sharing this sir! I’m a 25-year-old femal Filipina nurse , jsut came from Saudi… I’ll be leaving by the next 2 months as a cruise nurse (asian itinerary( … your blog really inspired me to go up the next level. By the way sir, what are the requirements to be a travel nurse( land-based in the US? =)

  2. David says:

    Hello Marian. My assumption is that you have not taken the NCLEX (the test that is administered to become a nurse in the U.S.), which is most likely going to be your first step. I am not certain of the exact steps you will need to take, but I do know that one company, O’Grady Peyton ( does specialize in International travel and will help you with the process in becoming able to work in the U.S.

    Hope this helps.

  3. kylie


    I would love to be a travel nurse. However I get very tired of seeing that you have to be a Division 1 registered nurse. If you are enrolled nurse or division II nurse the only employment left for us is in a nursing home. I excellant quality skills of suturing, surgical, wound care, triage emergency care and general medical practice clinical care that I have been at for 12 years. so please. If you have any great suggestions that may help me to gain entry into any of these areas via travel nursing I would greatly appreciate it. I feel as though because I am not the “RN” tital then im dismissed straight away without any chance at all.
    I look forward to hearing your reply.
    Kylie burns

  4. David says:

    Hello Kylie. It sounds as if you are involved in nursing outside the United States based on your comments about “Division 1” nursing (not a common term her in the states). I am also not familiar with the term “enrolled nurse” or “division II” nurse. If you are outside the states, I would not know the qualifications needed or the process involved in contracting a travel assignment.

    The best thing I can do is advise you to contact O’Grady-Peyton ( and see if they can steer you in the direction needed for travel.

    Hope this helps.


  5. Teresa


    Iam currently a RN, BSN in the state of North Carolina. I am very interested in travel nursing and would love to get started. How do I choose the right agancy? I am also wanting to travel to Australia. Any help would be great. Thanks

  6. Jeannie says:

    Hi Teresa, I would suggest contacting David directly for recommendations on agencies. You can reach him here:


    We also have several posts about companies on this blog and have a ratings page of the highest rated companies by travelers. Good luck in your search!

  7. David says:

    Hello Teresa. As Jeannie suggested, please contact me at and I can give you some leads at the travel companies I use and trust.

    I prefer to arrange contacts with great recruiters at the companies I use because even if you are with the best agency out there, how good an experience do you think you might have if they pair you with a recruiter just weeks out of training?

    Since these are either my own recruiters or relationships I have cultivated after much research, I prefer not to post that info in such a public setting. But again, I’d be happy to get you in contact with these people if you email me privately.

    My contacts will get you started in travel (state-side), but as for international, probably the largest, or most well known agency is the one I mentioned above (O’Grady-Peyton).

    But starting here in the U.S. would be my recommendation anyway for beginning your career (find out what it’s like first, then dive in head first).

    Email me at the aforementioned address and I’ll help get you started.


  8. Beverly Paquin


    I have my ADN and was wondering what countries accept this degree, preferably Australia, as a travel nurse? I’m from the US.
    Thank you!

  9. David says:

    Hey Beverly. Since there are those who are better educated on the steps you need to take for overseas travel, I would suggest either searching the online travel nursing forums and posting your question there or try the aforementioned company to which I refer most nurses interested in international travel, O’Grady-Peyton (


  10. Mary M.


    Hi David,

    My husband is Registered Nurses (ADN) and I’m a LPN. We are interested in travel nursing but I’m not sure if there are travel companies out there that would accommodate and husband and wife nursing team who are not both R.N.’s. Do you have any suggestions for a travel company that would? We’re really hoping to go overseas for a few years.

    Best regards,


  11. My best advice would be to try the company I listed above, O’Grady Peyton. If they cannot help you, maybe they can direct you to someone who can.


  12. Abby


    No one has actually mentioned any international travel agency besides Ogrady which seems only offer UK placement. Is there an agency that recruits for international travel?? The link you referred us to also didn’t enlighten anyone, and as you haven’t traveled overseas as a nurse, it would probably be wise to have someone else write this post…. so frustrating.

  13. David says:

    In an attempt to enlighten Abby, here are just a few companies I found with a simple Google search of “international travel companies”:

    Africa: Premier Healthcare Professionals

    Australia: Acclaim Recruitment, Affinity Nursing Recruitment, Anson, Australian Nursing Agency (Swingshift), Australian Nursing Solutions, BBT- Beresford Blake Thomas, Bellhealth, Belmore Nurses Bureau, Cairns Nursing Agency, Centennial Nurses Agency, ChoiceOne Meditemp,CQ Nursek, Critical Care Nursing Agency, Drake International, Eden Health Recruitment (Randstad), Firstpoint Healthcare, Geneva Health International, Healthcare Placement Solutions,, Healthscope Limited, Health Staff Recruitment, Helen Ziegler and Associates,HenderCare, International Health Jobs (Medacs), LinkAsia, Medijobs – Australia, Malvern Nurses Agency, Medicall Placements, Mediserve Nurse Agency – Australia, Medistaff Health Care Professionals, N.T. Medic, National Nurses Plus, Nurse on Holidays,,NurseWorldwide (Randstad),Nursing Agency of South Australia, Nursing Australia,Nursing Jobs,Nursing Practice Management,Overseas Nurse,Oxley Nursing Service, Paediatric Nurses Agency,Pearls International Recruitment Agency,Premier Healthcare Professionals,Psychiatric Care Consultants Pty. Ltd.,
    Regent Recruitment,Regis,Robert Walters,Select Appointments (Randstad),Silverman Dakin,Staffing Synergy,Territory Nurses,Think Nursing,Trans,Victorian Public Hospital Employment,The Wesley Hospita,West Australian Nursing Agency,Working In Australia,Worldwide Healthcare Exchange,
    Canada: BBT- Beresford Blake Thomas,Canadian Nurse ,Drake International ,Geneva Health International ,Helen Ziegler and Associates ,,New Solutions ,Overseas Nurse ,Solutions Staffing, Inc.

    Caribbean: EMI Europe

    China: HCCA International

    Europe: EMI Europe, HCCA International

    Ireland: A-Team Health Recruitment ,CCM Recruitment International,Health Professionals,HealthStaff Recruitment ,IFSC Online,Kate Cowhig International Recruitment,Overseas Nurse,Supplemental Health Care Travel Nursing

    New Zealand: Arabian Health, BBT- Beresford Blake Thomas, CareLink Nursing & Homecare Ltd, Enterprise Recruitment, Geneva Health International,Health Communication Network ,International Health Jobs (Medacs),NZ Jobs Co ,OES Job Centre ,Overseas Nurse ,Seek Tonix New Zealand Health Recruitment ,Working In New Zealand,

    Philippines: HCCA International

    United Kingdom: 1st Contact ,A-Team Health Recruitment ,Adevia Health ,ALD, Inc. – American Life & Dignity ,BBT- Beresford Blake Thomas , British Nursing Agencies ,British Nursing Association ,Catto International ,Continental Travelnurse ,EM Recruitment UK,European Nursing Agency , Firstpoint Healthcare ,Geneva Health International ,Genius Health ,HCCA International,Health Professionals ,Health Staff Recruitment ,International Health Jobs (Medacs),Medacs Healthcare Services,Medacs International,Nannies Incorporated ,Nestor Healthcare Group ,Newcross Nursing Group ,
    NMAP (Intute),NurseFindersUK ,Nursing Agencies List ,Nursing Express ,Nursing Net UK ,OeS Job centre ,Overseas Nurse ,Oxford Aunts Care & Nursing Agency,Pacific International ,Portfolio of British Nursing Sites ,Premier Healthcare Professionals,Professional Connections ,Pulse Healthcare Appointments ,Qualified Cancer Care,Quality Locums (Pulse Jobs) ,Recruitment Solutions Group,Robinson Medical Recruitment ,Search Recruitment,
    Sheffield Consulting Group ,Strand Nurses Bureau ,Supplemental Health Care Travel Nursing ,The Thornbury Nursing Portal ,Thornbury Nursing Services ,Tradewind Recruitment ,Worldwide Healthcare Exchange

    I hope that should Abby begin international travel, she would be so kind as to return to the site and share her knowledge with other travel nurses seeking the same path.


  14. Amy


    Hi David,
    I am wondering if you know if Canadian Registered nurses can get hired in Fiji? I am thinking of moving there in the Fall, i have 10years RN experience,never traveled, my spouse is considering a job there. wondering if i need an NCLEX?
    Thank you =)

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