Registered Nurses are paid according to their years of experience. Within the Public Hospital sector in each state there is a “ salary award “ set by the state government. These rates are not negotiable. Within the Private Hospital Sector, each hospital or group of hospitals has an " Enterprise Award " similar to the state awards with sets out the salary rates and employment conditions for their staff. You may be eligible for additional rates for post graduate qualifications if you are employed in that area eg . Diploma in Critical Care if you will be working in ICU.
HOW DO I PROVE MY YEARS OF EXPERIENCE ?
You will be asked to complete a Statutory Declaration in which you provide a full account of your past employment . This must be supported by statements from your past employers detailing your period of employment, position held and hours worked. Without this evidence you may only be paid as an RN year 2.
WHEN DO I START
When you are offered a position and employment contract, it will also include an estimated start date. Employers usually factor in approx. 3 months for you to obtain a visa and resign from your position and travel to Australia. Periods longer than this must be negotiated with and approved by the employer. Prolonged delays in your arrival could result in the cancellation of the job offer by the hospital.
ARE WORKING HOURS ?
38 hours/week full time, with a 5 day working week. Annual leave 20 - 30 days per year.
CAN I WORK PART TIME ELSEWHERE ?
No, Immigration will not allow any sponsored employee to work for another employer. Should you do this, your visa may be cancelled and you will lose all rights to remain in Australia. You are permitted to work additional hours with your sponsored employer when they are available.
IS ACCOMMODATION PROVIDED ?
Hospitals generally do not have available accommodation, nor do they offer free or subsidized accommodation unless specifically stated in the employment contract. CNS can assist you by giving advice on accommodation options to suit your needs .
IS HEALTH INSURANCE REQUIRED ?
Yes, private health insurance is a mandatory requirement for all temporary residents on sponsorship in Australia. Proof of this is required before a visa is granted and usually undertaken at the time of visa application. The Health Insurance must be maintained for the full period of your sponsorship.
DO I PAY TAX ?
Yes, all employees in Australia pay tax. Income Tax is automatically deducted from your salary with each pay period . The Tax rate is scaled to your gross salary and you must provide your employer with a Tax File Number or they are required to tax you at the maximum rate 45% . You can apply for this on-line once you have arrived in Australia .