Last month, when COVID-19 started to spread in Australia, the country was immediately brought under lockdown. Most of the businesses were asked to shut down, and the workers were made to stay at home.

But, over 20,000 international nursing students (not nurses) were given special permission to work more than 40 hours a week, which is the maximum permissible work hours for international students in Australia. This situation is only a glimpse of the demand Australia has for the services of nursing professionals.

Nursing is one of the professions that provide a high level of job satisfaction for service-minded people. Especially in a developed country like Australia, a nursing career is more enriching than anywhere else, due to the country’s high quality of living, better work conditions, safety and better remuneration.

Australia’s Department of Health’s research reports, projects the demand for nurses to be 85,000 by 2023 and more than 123,000 by 2030. This growing demand is one of the reasons why the country remains a top choice for international students to study nursing. Here is an overview of nursing education and career options for international students in Australia