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Enrolled nurse

Enrolled nurses care for patients in health and community settings. They work under the supervision of doctors and registered nurses.  

Find out what an enrolled nurse does and the related Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses and pathways you can take to secure a job. 

What is an enrolled nurse?

Enrolled nurses care for patients in various health care settings. Sometimes they work in patients’ homes. As an enrolled nurse, you may administer therapies and medication. Sometimes, you may work with patients in distress. If you’re flexible, caring, and don’t mind physical work, this role could be for you.

Find out more about enrolled nurses(opens in a new window) and these related jobs on the Victorian Skills Gateway(opens in a new window)

Search for related VET courses on the Victorian Skills Gateway(opens in a new window)

You may be eligible for government funding to help pay for your course.

Average salary

The average weekly earnings for enrolled nurses in Australia is $966.  

Source: Your Career(opens in a new window) 

Note this salary is current as of May 2024 and is indicative only. A range of salaries apply to different roles across the industry.

Job demand in Victoria

Below are the employment forecasts for enrolled and maternal and child health nurse  jobs in Victoria. Figures show the number of workers in 2023 and the new workers expected to enter the workforce by 2026.

‘New workers expected’ accounts for workers adding new jobs to the economy and replacing retirees over the next 3 years. These forecasts are estimates only. There will be additional jobs available as people move between jobs and industries.

RegionWorkers 2023Workforce growth 2023-2026New workers needed by 2026
Melbourne – inner metropolitan1,0302.0%116
Melbourne – inner south-east metropolitan5241.0%42
Melbourne – southern metropolitan7981.7%81
Melbourne – northern metropolitan7071.8%74
Melbourne – eastern metropolitan8900.9%69
Melbourne – western metropolitan5302.4%65
Ballarat and surrounds (Central Highlands)1781.8%18
Bendigo, Echuca and surrounds (Loddon Campaspe)2411.4%22
Geelong, Colac and surrounds (Barwon)3392.3%41
Horsham and surrounds (Wimmera Southern Mallee)54-0.3%<10
Mildura, Swan Hill and surrounds (Mallee)840.6%<10
Shepparton, Seymour and surrounds (Goulburn)1592.1%18
Wangaratta, Wodonga and surrounds (Ovens Murray)1591.4%15
Warrnambool, Hamilton and surrounds (Great South Coast)1010.7%<10

Source: Victorian Skills Authority employment forecast dashboard

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