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Graduate Registered Nurse and Midwife Recruitment Campaign

Registered Nursing and Midwife Graduate Program

Queensland Health offers a range of graduate experiences for newly qualified registered nurses and midwives.

Our public health system is one of the most advanced in the world, with hundreds of facilities providing clinical care, timely interventions and community support to Queenslanders.

Graduate opportunities are available from large quaternary hospitals in metropolitan centres, to large and medium sized regional facilities as well as rural and remote locations.

Graduate employment opportunities are available across a range of specialities, ensuring your career is exciting, challenging, fulfilling and allows you to follow your passions. Be inspired to explore new horizons:

Working for Queensland health provides a range of great benefits and entitlements. We take pride in the employment conditions that are negotiated with our employees.

Apply for the 2023 Registered Nurse and Midwife Graduate Program

If you would like to start your nursing or midwifery career with Queensland Health you can apply for a Registered Nurse or Midwife Graduate Program position through the Graduate Portal.

Applications for the 2023 Program are open from 10:00am Monday 25 July 2022 to 11:59pm Friday 19 August 2022.

Graduate Portal

Apply through the Graduate Portal if you would like to start your nursing or midwifery career with Queensland Health.

Before applying

  1. Check you are eligible to apply for a graduate position

    This program is for graduate registered nurses and midwives that meet the following criteria:
  • have graduated (domestically or internationally) from your first undergraduate nursing degree, midwifery degree or graduate-entry Master of Nursing or Master of Midwifery within the past two years (July 2020 to July 2022) or be due to graduate by 1 March 2023
  • hold either Australian citizenship, Australian permanent residency, New Zealand citizenship (with a subclass 444 Special Category Visa, or right to be granted) or any other visa with non-employer sponsored work rights
  • not have worked as a registered nurse or registered midwife for more than 960 hours (the equivalent of six months full-time). There is an exception for those registered nurses who have been employed as part of COVID-19 pandemic surge response workforce
  • be eligible for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), including all documentation and identity checks.

    Graduates who applied in the previous recruitment campaign are still eligible if they meet the above criteria.

    Graduate enrolled nurses are not eligible to apply. You will need to contact a Hospital and Health Service (HHS) to apply for employment.
  1. Identify which HHSs offer the clinical programs you are interested in

    When you apply you will be asked to nominate which HHSs you would prefer to work at based on the clinical programs you are most interested in.

    You can research HHSs to find out the clinical programs they offer to graduate nurses and midwives. Some HHSs publish the details of their graduate programs online.

  2. Read the following information about the role and how to apply

Application process

  1. Complete all documentation
  2. Apply in the Graduate Portal
    • Create an account
    • Complete the online application
    • Attach all required documentation (in PDF format)
    • Submit your application between 10:00am Monday, 25 July 2022 and 11:59pm Friday, 19 August 2022.


Contact the Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer at

Ensure you have read through the Prospectus (PDF 473 kB), FAQs (PDF 859 kB) and all the information above before contacting us.

Last updated: 19 July 2022