Enrolled nurses provide acute, preventative, curative and rehabilitative nursing care and support under the direction and supervision of registered nurses in hospitals, aged-care facilities, the community and other healthcare settings.

Where enrolled nurses are employed

Enrolled nurses work in a range of settings such as general and mental health hospitals, residential aged-care facilities, hostels, extended care facilities, and community service settings.

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Full-time enrolled nurses in South Australia generally earn between $800 and $999 per week.

Graph of pay scales for enrolled nurses

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 1,100 people employed full-time as enrolled nurses in South Australia compared with 1,012 in 2006.

How to become one

You can become an enrolled nurse by completing a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification in nursing (enrolled/division 2 nursing). As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You may be able to study through distance education.

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Licensing or registration requirements

In Australia all nurses must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. 

Recognition of qualifications and skills obtained outside Australia

If you have overseas qualifications in nursing you must have them assessed by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Board to gain registration to work. 

If you come to South Australia as a migrant with a pre-migration assessment from the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) you must still apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board for registration. You may be required to undertake a bridging program to meet the requirements for registration.

For information about assessment of overseas qualifications, and looking for work in Australia visit Recognition of overseas qualifications or contact Skilled Arrival Services on 08 8303 2420 or email

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