• Eligibility for Australian Citizens

    Australian Citizens who have studied their Bachelor of Nursing degree in New Zealand are eligible to apply to ACE Nursing however they do not meet the Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) criteria for a funded NETP or NESP position.

    If you are an Australian Citizen and do not hold a Permanent Resident Visa, you will not be automatically eligible for Health Workforce NZ funding. However, if you are successfully matched via the ACE process, your position could be funded directly by your employer, or your employer could apply to HWNZ for an exemption to the residency status policy for trainee funding. For more information about the HWNZ exception to residency policy, please click here.

    Consult the Immigration NZ website to find out if you are eligible to apply for a Permanent Resident Visa.

    Graduates that do not meet these basic ACE criteria should apply directly to individual employers for private positions. We recommend checking the Job Search page on the Kiwi Health Jobs website as a first point to see which employers may be looking for registered nurses and also by checking the career web pages of each DHB. 

    For full information about the ACE Nursing Eligibility Criteria or the ACE Nursing Process, download a copy of the ACE Nursing Business Rules from the ACE Nursing Resources section.

  • Experienced Registered Nurses Applying to NESP

    The ACE process is for new graduate applicants only. However, if you are an experienced RN wanting to apply for a position on a NESP programme you should apply directly to the individual employers by contacting the NESP Coordinators or your Nurse Manager.

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