I am an overseas registered midwife

Requirements for registration

The Midwifery Council will only consider applications from internationally qualified midwives who are registered with a registration authority that performs a similar function to the Council.

The following are the criteria for registration:

  1. Identity

  2. You must be able to prove who you are by providing identification documents in accordance our Evidence of Identity documents.

  3. Midwifery qualification

  4. Must be equivalent in content and competencies to the New Zealand Bachelor of Midwifery for registration by the New Zealand graduate midwives. Please complete the qualification compatibility assessment form.

  5. Post registration midwifery practice

  6. Must be a minimum of two years post registration midwifery practice across the midwifery scope. Must be within the immediate 5 years preceding application.

  7. Post registration midwifery education

  8. Please include evidence of at least three years post registration midwifery continuing education as well as reflections of how you have incorporated your ongoing education into your practice.

  9. Self-assessment

  10. You must complete the self assessment form and provide details of how your practice meets the New Zealand competencies.

  11. English language

  12. You must be able to communicate effectively. The approved English language tests are Occupational English Test (OET) and International Language Testing System (IELTS).
    For OET you should achieve a minimum pass mark of A or B in each section  
    For IELTS you should achieve an overall pass in the Academic module of no less than 7.5, with no less than 7 in any of the 4 bands.
    You must achieve the score in one sitting. 

  13. Current registration

  14. You must have been registered as a midwife in the Country where you received your education and also hold current registration in that or another country.
    You must provide verification of good standing from all countries you have been and are registered with.

  15. Fitness for registration and practice

  16. You must be able to demonstrate that you are of good character and that you have no mental or physical condition that adversely affects your ability to practise as a midwife.

  17. Police Certificates

  18. You must provide a current police report from your country of residence and from every country where you have resided for a period of 12 months or more from the age of 18 years. The police report(s) in support of your application must be produced by the National Police Authority for the country, not a local or state office, and sent directly to the Midwifery Council.

    The New Zealand Immigration website explains the process to obtain a relevant police certificate that is of the standard acceptable to the Council. Applicants are advised that police checks must be sent to the Council directly from the issuing authority.

  19. Registration with other authorities

  20. You are required to provide verification of registration and current good standing from the national or state regulatory authority where you are currently registered as a midwife and from any other health practitioner authority where you have been registered in the past.

Other important information

  • While we will allow you to upload documents during the application process, you must send the certified physical copies to the Council by post. Once documents are checked they are securely destroyed or returned to you upon request.
  • The Council does not currently operate any reciprocal registration agreements except with Australia pursuant to a government to government agreement covering all services and professions.
  • The Council does not accept applications from internationally qualified new graduate midwives, or from midwives whose skills are not current

All applications are considered by the Council on an individual basis against the competencies required for registration and practice in New Zealand.
Once we receive all required information, it may take up to one month before your application can be determined and you are advised of the Council decision. The Council may come back to you for further information.
You may wish to explore work opportunities in New Zealand while your application is in progress. However, the Council strongly advises that you do not enter into any employment arrangement or make any immigration arrangements based on a presumption that your application will be successful, or a presumption as to when a decision on your application will be received.

Dedicated MIQ places for critical health & disability workers based overseas

300 places per month in Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) are now allocated for critical health and disability workers entering New Zealand for employment in a critical health and disability role.

Applications are now open to anybody who meets the following criteria:
  • Be currently located outside of New Zealand.
  • Meet the definition of a critical health and disability worker as defined on the Immigration New Zealand website.
  • Have proof of vaccination in order to enter the country as a non-citizen of New Zealand.
  • Meet the vaccination requirements set out by the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Amendment Order 2021 in order to commence work in the health and disability sector.
  • Have a job offer from a New Zealand employer.
  • Have proof of legally being able to work in New Zealand for the proposed employment date(s).
  • Have proof of registration with the relevant regulatory authority if required for their profession.

For further details about the eligibility criteria, what documentation is needed to apply, and to fill out an application, visit the Ministry of Health’s MIQ application website.

Internationally qualified midwives and midwives applying under TTMRA

Any midwife who obtained their midwifery qualification outside of New Zealand, including Australian registered midwives applying under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Agreement are likely to have conditions imposed on their scope of practice (usually regarding required further education and supervision of midwifery practise in New Zealand)

The Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Agreement (TTMRA)

The Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997 (TTMRA) came into force on 1 May 1998. It recognises the regulatory standards adopted in Australia regarding goods and occupations.
The Act allows people registered in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand who practise substantially the same registered occupations, where there is similar legislation in both countries, to move freely between the two countries.
This agreement between the New Zealand and Australian governments provides that persons registered in Australia and New Zealand who practise substantially the same registered occupations can move freely between both countries. Conditions may apply to achieve equivalence of occupations. 
The agreement has been ratified in law by New Zealand and all the Australian states. If you are registered to practise midwifery in Australia, you are entitled to seek registration as a midwife in Aotearoa New Zealand. This right is exercised by giving notice in the form of making an application, completing a Statutory declaration as part of this process, and paying the application fee. 
The fee is for making the application and is not refundable if the application is unsuccessful.

Click here for more information about applying for registration in Aotearoa New Zealand under the TTMRA.

How to apply for Registration

To begin the application process click here

Information correct as at 09 November 2021