Overseas Qualifications

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Skilled Migration Program (Australia)
 
The ANZSNM has been specified by the Minister of Immigration and Citizenship, in accordance with the Migration Regulations 1994, as the assessing authority for the occupation Nuclear Medicine Technologist (ASCO Code 2391-15).
 
The Australian Government General Skilled Migration Program
The Australian Government's General Skilled Migration program is implemented through the Department of Home Affairs and ensures that policies and procedures for assessing the skills of prospective migrants are appropriate, transparent and do not pose unreasonable barriers to migration.
 
Approval is granted to professional bodies which meet established criteria, including a commitment to support the objectives of the General Skilled Migration programme and the provision of an appropriate assessment service to prospective migrants.
 
If you wish to apply to migrate to Australia as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist under the General Skilled Migration visa categories, you will need to have your skills assessed by the ANZSNM. The ANZSNM will assess your skills as "suitable" or "not suitable" for your nominated occupation against the requirements it has established.
 
Your skills assessment must be included with your visa application to the Department of Home Affairs, Immigration and Citizenship and you must be prepared to show all the documentation you have relied upon when seeking a skills assessment. You should keep a certified copy of your skills assessment and all other relevant documentation for your own records.
 
Successfully migrating to Australia as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist is no guarantee of membership of the ANZSNM, registration/licensing with the relevant authority MRPB or employment in Australia as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist. Requirements additional to those for migration may need to be met.
 
Full registration as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist in Australia requires the successful completion of the Supervised Practice Programme at an approved Nuclear Medicine Practice.
 
The SPP is mandatory for all entrants into the profession in Australia including Australian university graduates and successful OQA exam candidates.
 
The ANZSNM can only provide advice on applying for a skills assessment. All other questions relating to migration should be directed to Immigration and Citizenship for information and contact details.
 
Information for Intending Migrants
If you intend to migrate to Australia, you should first contact your nearest Australian Embassy, Consulate or High Commission, for information about migration processes and requirements for assessment of your qualifications.  If you intend to migrate in a General Skilled Migration category, information relevant to you is available from the Department of Home Affairs on their website at https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/what-we-do/skilled-migration-program.  It is essential that you read the information on the website carefully before proceeding with your skills and qualifications assessment.
 
To migrate to Australia under the general skilled migration categories, you or your spouse must satisfy certain basic requirements before applying to migrate. One of the basic requirements is to nominate an occupation from the Skilled Occupations List which fits your skills and qualifications, and have your skills and qualifications assessed by the relevant assessing authority.   If your nominated occupation is "Nuclear Medicine Technologist" the ANZSNM is the relevant assessing authority and you should use the form on this site to apply for an assessment of your skills and qualifications to determine if they are suitable for progressing to the qualificationexamination.
 
Please note that, under migration law, if your qualifications were gained in Australia and you wish to apply for a visa under the General Skilled Migration program, you will also need to apply for an assessment. Even if your Nuclear Medicine Technology qualifications are suitable for migration to Australia you will be required to meet additional requirements of the ANZSNM before you are eligible for full registration as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist. 
 
Visa requirements
To work as a medical radiation practitioner (diagnostic radiographer, radiation therapist or nuclear medicine technologist) in Australia, you need to:
  • apply for and be registered with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (the Board)
  • you may also need to apply for a visa issued by the Australian Department of Home Affairs (Immigration and Citizenship).
These two application processes are entirely separate and success in one does not automatically guarantee success in the other.
More information on visa applications, including skills assessments is available on the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs website
The Board is not involved in the visa application process, please see below from the MRPB/AHPRA website:

Difference between ASMIRT/ANZSNM (immigration) and Board (registration) assessments

The Australian Society of Medical Imagery and Radiation Therapy (ASMIRT) and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine (ANZSNM) are assessing authorities gazetted by the Minister for Immigration (pursuant to the Migration Act 1958, Regulations Amendment 1999, 2.228) to perform skills assessment for migration purposes. ASMIRT and the ANZSNM assess the skills of overseas qualified medical radiation practitioners who want to migrate to Australia. Applicants must contact these assessing authorities to obtain valid skills assessment.

The ASMIRT/ANZSNM take into consideration work experience in assessing an applicant’s qualifications, which is then used to determine suitability for skilled migration. Under the National Law, the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia can only take into account an applicant’s qualifications when assessing an applicant’s qualifications for registration. This is why some applicants may be approved for skilled migration but do not meet the registration requirements of the Board.

Important note: 

We recommend that you do not apply for work until your registration is confirmed.

We also advise that you do not make any irreversible decisions - such as resigning from current employment or moving to Australia - until you have applied for and been approved for registration as a medical radiation practitioner in Australia. The timeframe to process your application for registration depends on the unique circumstances of your application.

Please note AHPRA and the Board cannot assist you in seeking employment or influence employment or visa outcomes.

Employers

Employers are responsible for all matters relating to employment. Employers should therefore make sure that medical radiation practitioners are registered and have the legal right to work in Australia.

The Board is not involved in employment matters and is unable to assist practitioners in seeking employment or influencing employment outcomes. However, it is important to be aware that practitioners in a registered health profession must hold registration with the relevant National Board prior to taking up employment in Australia in their profession.

 
Requirements for the ANZSNM Examination
In order to apply to be assessed as ELIGIBLE to undertake the ANZSNM qualification examination in Nuclear Medicine Technology, you will need to complete the form on this website. It is not an application to sit this examination: this will be sent to you if you are assessed as eligible.
 
The ANZSNM assesses your eligibility by checking that you have the required qualifications to practise as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist in your own country and that you are of good professional standing. The assessment is conducted by the ANZSNM for overseas trained nuclear medicine technologists who wish to practise their profession in Australia. Assessment of eligibility to undertake the accreditation examination is the first step in the process which includes:
  • English language test (if applicable)
  • Qualification examination (written)
  • Professional Development Programme (clinical)
Please READ the following explanatory notes carefully before completing the application form:
The information on the application form is collected by the Technologist Special Interest Group (TSIG) of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine (ANZSNM) Incorporated, for the purpose of assessing qualifications in Nuclear Medicine Technology for recognition in Australia. All personal information will be handled confidentially. Details may be verified with or provided to other agencies where necessary or required by law.
 
English Language Requirements
High-level English language skills are essential to the practice of Nuclear Medicine Technology in Australia. Applicants must submit evidence with their application that they have sufficient English language skills to work as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist in an English language environment.
 
Applicants must meet one of the following criteria before their application will be assessed:
 
If you are applying for initial registration you must demonstrate your English language competency in one of the following ways:
 
1. English is your primary language and you have undertaken and satisfactorily completed:
a. all of your primary and secondary education which was taught and assessed solely in English in a recognised country, and
b. tertiary qualifications in the relevant professional discipline, which you are relying on to support your eligibility for registration under the National Law, which were taught and assessed solely in English.
 
OR
 
2. You have a combination of secondary education and tertiary qualifications, where you have undertaken and satisfactorily completed:
a. at least two years of your secondary education which was taught and assessed solely in English in a recognised country, and
b. tertiary qualifications in the relevant professional discipline, which you are relying on to support your eligibility for registration under the National Law, which were taught and assessed solely in English in a recognised country.
 
OR
 
3. You have undertaken and satisfactorily completed at least  six years’ (full time equivalent) continuous education taught and assessed solely in English, in any of the recognised countries, which includes tertiary qualifications in the relevant professional discipline which you are relying on to support your eligibility for registration under the National Law.
 
OR
 
4. You achieve the required minimum scores in one of the following English language tests and meet the requirements for test results specified in this standard:
a. the IELTS (academic module) with a minimum overall score of 7 and a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).
b. the OET with a minimum score of B in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking). 
c. the PTE Academic  with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking).
d. the TOEFL iBT with a minimum total  score of 94 and the following minimum score in each section of the test.
 
For more information on the English tests, click here.
 
If there is any doubt about ability in the English language, the ANZSNM may ask applicants to undertake the IELTS test (www.ielts.org) before assessment of Nuclear Medicine Technology qualifications proceeds.
 
Documents to Send with the Application Form
These are the documents that you MUST include with this application (download Application Form here).
DO NOT send originals: send CERTIFIED COPIES (but not copies of certified copies - see notes on certification below).
  • An official certified copy of evidence of English language ability (see above under English language requirements).
  • Official certified copy of your qualification papers (for example, your degree, diploma, certificate etc) in the original language.
  • Official certified transcripts of educational courses completed, showing subjects, hours and examination results and, where applicable, details of practical and clinical education, in the original language.
  • Official certified evidence of your current registration or licence to practise and a certified letter or certificate of good standing from the registration/licencing OR if registration/licence is not required to work as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist in your country, official certified evidence of employment as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist (i.e. letters from employers indicating the dates of your employment, your job title and the nature of your work).
  • Two official, certified references from employers, practical placement supervisors (if recently graduated) or, if self-employed, two references from professional colleagues attesting to your professional competence.
  • Official certified evidence of any change of name, e.g. a marriage certificate ONLY if the name on your documents is different from your current name.
You must also send certified copies of translations into English of any of the documents above that are issued in another language. If forged, altered or falsified documents are submitted to the ANZSNM, no assessment will be provided and your assessment fee will not be refunded.
 
If you cannot obtain the required documents you should attach a letter to this form identifying which documents you cannot obtain and explain the reason(s) for this.
 
Document Certification
All copies of original documents must be clearly certified as true copies of the original by an authorised person. In Australia, people who are authorised to certify copies are:
  • Justices of the Peace
  • Legal practitioners
  • Admissions officers of all Australian universities
  • Officers of State and Territory Overseas Qualifications Units
In countries outside Australia, authorities in that country approve persons who certify documents. If you are uncertain, the nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate can advise you. To have your copies certified, you must present both the original and the copy to the person carrying out the certification.  Each copy of a document must be certified separately and must show clearly:
  • the words "certified true copy of the original"
AND
  • the signature of the certifying officer
AND
  • the name and address or provider/registration number (where applicable) of the certifying person, legibly printed below the signature.
It must be possible, from the details provided, for the ANZSNM to contact the certifying person if necessary.
 
Fees
The fee for assessment of overseas Nuclear Medicine Technology qualifications for recognition in Australia and for the assessment of Australian trained overseas applicants who wish to migrate to Australia appears in the attached fee schedule. The fee must be sent with your application form and made payable to the ANZSNM in Australian dollars by one of the following methods:
  • Bank cheque drawn by a bank outside Australia that has bank clearance arrangements with an Australian bank;
OR
  • Foreign draft on an Australian bank;
OR
  • Money order issued by Australia Post;
OR
  • Bank cheque drawn by an Australian bank or a personal cheque drawn on an Australian bank account.
Please do not send your payment of fees in cash by post. A receipt will be issued to acknowledge that the ANZSNM has received your application and fee. The fee is not normally refundable.
 
Supervised Practice Programme
You should note that after your arrival in Australia you will be required to undertake a professional development programme in the course of your first year of employment as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist.
 
The programme will be adminstered by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) . In the Australian jurisdictions of New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia you are currently required to gain registration in order to obtain a radiation licence, without which you cannot practice as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist.
 
Registration is conditional upon you completing the supervised practice programme during your first year of employment as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist.  More information is available on the AHPRA website.
 
Membership of the ANZSNM is not compulsory but prospective employers may require you to demonstrate eligibility for membership, particularly in jurisdictions that do not require registration or licencing. No registration is required to practice as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist in Western Australia, the Northern Territory, the Australian Capital Territory or Tasmania.
 
 
Waiting Time for Assessment
An application for assessment may take up to twelve weeks to process.
 
You should not make contact to check on the progress of your assessment before this time.
 
Processing includes assessment of the application, documentation and ratification of the assessment by the ANZSNM.
 
Sometimes further information may be sought from the applicant, educational institution, referees or certifying persons in other countries where the response and mail service may be slow.
 
Agents
Australia's privacy legislation prohibits the ANZSNM from discussing your application with other people unless you authorise us to do so.  If you want someone, such as a family member or other agent, to deal with ANZSNM on your behalf you need to attach a letter, signed by you, authorising this person (by name) to act as your agent.
 
Reviews
If the assessment does not recognise your qualifications as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist in Australia and you disagree with the assessment, you may apply to the ANZSNM for a review of the decision. Please contact the ANZSNM if you wish to find out more about this option.
 
Next steps
When your assessment has been completed, you will receive an official assessment letter from the ANZSNM.
 
If you wish to apply for migration to Australia under the General Skilled Migration category, you should include the original assessment letter you received from the ANZSNM with your application to migrate.
 
Registration is a requirement to obtain a radiation licence in some Australian States and Territories.
 
 
Enquiries
For more information about the assessment process, the ANZSNM can be contacted at:
ANZSNM
PO Box 6178
Vermont South, VIC 3133
Australia
Email: secretariat@anzsnm.org.au
 
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