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Graduate campaigns

Nursing and midwifery are careers with a vast range of opportunities, both for the individual and for the health care system. There are now more employment opportunities available for graduate nurses and midwives with Queensland Health providing additional places per year to suitably qualified nursing and midwifery graduates, until 2019.

These additional roles will increase capacity within the health system and contribute to the development of a sustainable Queensland nursing and midwifery workforce.

Graduate opportunities extend to a wide range of clinical areas and geographical locations, including rural and remote health services.  Some programs are ward-based, while others are rotations which may be through a number of wards in a single facility or in rural Hospital and Health Services (HHSs) that may cover a range of facilities.

Applications for the August 2017 graduate recruitment campaign are now closed; however, staggered intakes may commence any time following close of applications.  Dates will vary between HHS. All eligible applicants will remain current in the application pool until February 2018 to increase their opportunity of being made an offer of a position by a HHHS.

The Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer is not involved in the selection and recruitment process. Applicants need to contact the HHS they nominated to find out about the status of their application.

The next graduate recruitment program

Queensland Health will hold  its annual graduate intake for graduate registered nurses and midwives in July-August 2018. Applications are to be made via the Queensland Government Graduate Portal.  Information about this recruitment intake will be posted on-line closer to the time. If you subscribe to receive e-alerts you will be kept up-to-date as to the progress of the portal opening. To subscribe please register on the Queensland Government Graduate Portal link above under “Email alerts”.

Previous years applicants will need to re-apply as long as they meet the eligible criteria set out in the section below “Who is eligible”.

Who is eligible?

To apply for the next intake graduate via the Queensland Government Graduate Portal, you must:

  • have completed your  nursing or midwifery course within the past TWO years – that is, between July 2016 and July 2018 – or be due to complete your course by December 2018. These courses can be post-graduate or under-graduate but must lead to your initial registration as either a registered nurse or midwife.
  • be eligible to apply for Nursing or Midwifery registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • meet the requirements of documentation and identity checks required by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).
  • not have worked as a registered nurse or midwife for more than six months full time equivalent.

Graduate enrolled nurses and endorsed nurses are not eligible to apply. You will need to contact a HHS directly to apply for employment.

More information

For any questions relating to the Queensland Health nursing and midwifery graduate program, please email

Last updated: 7 December 2017