As of the 18th of August 2010 there was an update on the AHPRA website about Registration and the language requirements. It still is pretty misleading if you read all the documents on the AHPRA site but after calling them 3 times last night and speaking to 3 people and a specialist they all confirmed that UK nurses who completed secondary education in UK and in English and completed their nurse training in UK and in English will NOT have to sit the IELTS exam!!!!
Nurses will have to provide evidence of the above criteria in the form of letters from schools/colleges and your training evidence but that should suffice tom prove language proficiency!!!
I hope this remains true, we are going to call them periodically to keep checking this is the case.
Please if any other nurses who are having a nightmare with the IELTS could call them and confirm this too we all might feel a bit better knowing for definite that the IELTS requirement is gone!
My wife has sat it twice and failed by 0.5 of a mark and still has a third attempt booked for next week but now we are praying she won't have to sit it.
Let's all hope it's true!
Simon and Gemma