You’re in good company

Are you a New Zealand nurse or midwife and want to experience different facilities, hit the road to financial freedom and travel around Australia?

Hundreds of nurses and midwives come to Australia with Affinity for the chance to travel and adventure, to broaden their area of practice, and to build up a life they want. Will you do the same?

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Earn more working with Affinity

Ready to reach for a higher salary ceiling? If you work as an RN earning NZD $77,000, you can earn about 20% more more in Australia, which is equivalent to $97,000 NZD!*

When you gain more experience or move away from metro locations to rural areas, expect to see salaries upwards of NZ $110k, depending on your experience. There’s so many great reasons why Kiwis are crossing the ditch to work here!

Source: AU Talent, Health Times, Indeed. This number can vary greatly depending on your experience, qualifications, and level of seniority.

what about the job itself?

It’s great for career advancement

Ongoing Education Support. You can access unique, in-house packages to help you feel confident and comfortable settling into a new environment that may be outside your typical experience.

Travel & Accommodation Organised. We’ll take care of everything for you.

Job Security. With our largest job selection, you can get job security with the freedom to work when and where you want.

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We are here to take care of you

We understand what it’s like to live in a new country. You will be fully supported by our dedicated team each step of the way.

If you are considering agency nursing & midwifery in Australia, you’ll be glad to know the work and lifestyle is similar.

Let us help you. That’s what we do best.

Start my Aussie journey

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Trusted by New Zealand Nurses

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Being able to explore areas of Australia that wouldn’t have normally been on my travel list. It has been amazing to get to know the more rural and remote side of Australia across the different states.

I have met some truly amazing people and created some incredible memories. I have seen the tulip fields at Table Cape and hiked Cradle Mountain in Tasmania. I have enjoyed exploring the waterways of Lake Argyle in WA, seeing the wildlife and beautiful sunsets.”

NZ RN Jenna

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I have found nursing is much the same over here it’s just different having a lot of enrolled nurses. Everyone’s been super lovely on my ward and made the transition easy.

There are so many positives to travel nursing and you get to have so many experiences and meet new people. Gets you out of your usual every day life. It’s the best decision I’ve made!”

NZ RN Shannon

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My amazing consultant Katie has found me some great locations and always checks in to see how I’m doing in a new place. During the bushfires she made sure I was safe and felt supported. My bank account is also looking pretty good!”

NZ RN Jayne

Join our NZ nurses

Still have questions?

Can you assist me with obtaining Australian nursing registration?

All nurses and midwives wishing to work with Affinity must have unrestricted registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). You apply online and registration lasts for a 12- month period, expiring on 31 May each year.

AHPRA is an independent body with strict confidentiality provisions, so we cannot engage with AHPRA on your behalf. We recommend applying well in advance of your start date, as we cannot submit you for roles until your registration is finalised.

What about insurance and COVID cover?

Affinity covers you for professional indemnity insurance and work cover while you are on contract. We also have a generous COVID support package, which includes assistance if you are impacted by border changes or quarantine requirements.

Reciprocal health care

Australia and New Zealand have a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement, which ensures you can obtain urgent medical care that can’t wait until you get home.

This includes hospital care, maternity care and clinically necessary pharmaceuticals. It doesn’t cover care from a GP, ambulance travel or the full cost of prescribed medicines.

Will I adapt quickly to the Australian health care system?

Nursing practice in Australia shares many similarities with New Zealand including a high standard of care. There will be some things you will need to adjust to including drug trade names, different paperwork and computer systems, and ward routines.

Like Australian travel nurses, you will also need to adapt to local models of care as you move around the country.

Taxation and super

Working out how to navigate the superannuation and taxation systems in Australia can be daunting, but we’re here to guide you through! We’ll advise you on applying for your tax file number (IRD equivalent) and setting up an Australian bank account.

There are a large number of superannuation providers in Australia, so most of our New Zealand nurses opt for our default superannuation fund, HESTA, the industry fund for health and community services. But you can certainly nominate your own preferred fund.