Nursing in Australia in Jobs and Careers Posted July 22 11 hours ago, Maria18 said: Hi Do you know what the job opportunities in VIC for Mental Health Nursing? Originally, our first choice was NSW or QLD to move to and work, but I have since found out that with NSW you need a minimum of 12 month work ex in Australia. Thank you for any info in advance NSW is the state with the largest population, but Victoria comes a close second - and that population is packed into a smaller geographical area with more big towns. So Victoria has more job opportunities than any of the remaining states. Being the capital city, Melbourne has the most jobs - but on the other hand, competition for those jobs is also stiff. And the commute to city hospitals from the outer beach suburbs will be an hour or more. Geelong is the next biggest city. It's good for young families because it's more affordable than Melbourne but still has good schools and all the amenities of a big city - and unlike Melbourne, it has some good beaches near the city! The hospitals which struggle to recruit staff are the ones in inland towns and cities, because Australians do love their coastal lifestyle. Bendigo and Ballarat are two examples which are still close enough to the coast to visit on a weekend. Or you can go all the way to the NSW border along the Murray River - Albury Wodonga for instance. They won't give you the beach lifestyle, it's more of a "tree change", but you may find it easier to secure a role there initially.