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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 offers of up to 4000 places over four years to suitably qualified nursing and midwifery graduates, until 2019. Our major graduate intake occurs in August each year. Another intake to fill newly arising positions occurs in March each year.

These intakes 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 units in a single facility or in rural Hospital and Health Services (HHSs) that may cover a range of facilities.

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The March 2017 graduate recruitment program

Queensland Health will hold a mid-year graduate nurse and midwifery intake from Monday 6 March – Friday 31 March 2017 to fill a number of positions which have arisen since our major August 2016 recruitment.

Applications are submitted via the 'Register your interest'; then the 'Graduate Nurse and Midwife Registration' tabs from the Queensland Government Graduate Portal. For all relevant information on 'How to Apply' please refer to our Queensland Health Graduate Registered Nurse and Midwife Recruitment Prospectus for 2017 (PDF, 830kB).

After successfully submitting your application, you will receive an automated confirmation email from the Graduate Portal quoting the reference number: QLD/233274. This means that your application has been submitted successfully. However, if the reference number in the confirmation email is anything other than QLD/233274 it would indicate that you have submitted your application incorrectly. You need to log back into the portal and make sure you select the Graduate Nurse and Midwife Registration link on the portal to relodge your application.

Your application will be assessed by recruiters at the HHSs you listed as your preferences.

Non participating Hospital and Health Services

It is important to note that the following Hospital and Health Services are NOT participating in this mid-year graduate nurse and midwifery intake hence your application will NOT be considered by them if you select these HHSs as your preferences:

  • Metro North Hospital and Health Service
  • Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service
  • Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service
  • Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service

Essential supporting documentation

In submitting your application on-line, you will need to complete the Graduate Summary template (Word 785kB), along with a copy of your academic transcript and resume for inclusion with your application. Please ensure all these THREE documents :

  1. Graduate Summary (Word 785KB)
  2. Resume
  3. University transcript

are submitted at the time of your application otherwise your application may not be considered by the HHSs you nominated.

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 March 2015 and March 2017 – or be due to complete your course by June 2017. 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 are not eligible to apply. You will need to contact a HHS directly to apply for employment.

What happens after closing date?

Staggered intakes may commence any time following close of applications. Dates will vary depending on the HHS. All eligible applicants will remain current in the application pool until July 2017 to increase their opportunity of being made an offer of a position by a HHS.

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.

More information

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

Last updated: 17 October 2016