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Question Without Notice No. 335 asked in the Legislative Council on 2 April 2020 by Hon Ken Baston

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

CORONAVIRUS — VISA RESTRICTIONS — REGISTERED NURSES

335. Hon KEN BASTON to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:

I refer to the article on ABC online from 25 March concerning graduate nurses who are unable to assist in the COVID-19 response due to visa restrictions.

(1) Has ''registered nurse'' been added to the graduate occupation list for the state-nominated subclass 190 visa?

(2) Has the minister made representations to the commonwealth to ensure that qualified nurses in this position will be able to work in the WA health system, as suggested in the article?

Hon ALANNA CLOHESY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) No.

(2) The minister is in the process of making formal representation to the commonwealth.