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Graduate campaigns

Nursing and midwifery are exciting careers with a vast range of opportunities, both for the individual and for the health care system. The graduate roles increase capacity within the health system and contribute to the development of a sustainable Queensland nursing and midwifery workforce.

From large technologically advanced tertiary and quaternary hospitals in our metropolitan and regional areas, to community health centres servicing rural, remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, we offer exciting career pathways and employment opportunities for nurses and midwives.

Queensland Health is working to strengthen our nursing and midwifery workforce, and ensure graduates have supported employment opportunities. Queensland Health encourages students to consider options outside south east Queensland to increase employment opportunities. Opportunities exist for graduates in a wide range of clinical areas and geographical locations, including rural and remote health services. Some programs are ward-based, while others are rotations through a number of wards in a single facility or in rural Hospital and Health Services (HHSs) that have a range of facilities.

2021 annual graduate recruitment

The annual Nursing and Midwifery Graduate Recruitment Campaign occurs in August each year. The 2021 campaign will run from 27 July to 21 August 2020.

For graduates who applied in the previous recruitment campaign and are still available for offers, you are encouraged to reapply if you meet the eligibility criteria.

You may wish to visit the Graduate Portal and register for email alerts to receive notifications of opening and closing dates for future graduate recruitment.

Who is eligible?

To apply to the Queensland Health 2021 graduate registered nurse and midwife recruitment, you must:

  • have completed your first university undergraduate nursing or midwifery course within the past TWO years – that is, between November 2018 and July 2020 – or be due to complete your course by March 2021.
  • 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 (988 hours).

Before you apply

  1. Make sure you are eligible to be registered with the NMBA.
  2. Ensure you have the documentation required for registration through NMBA.
  3. Update your resume to include all your clinical placements.
  4. Ask your referees to complete the Referee Report if possible, or ensure that should you be selected for interview, your referee is available at this time. These are available as either Referee Report Microsoft Word (DOCX 542 kB) or Referee Report PDF (PDF 388 kB) documents.
  5. Research your preferred hospitals, and decide if your clinical preferences match your hospital preferences.
  6. Read the application tips for advice about your application.
  7. Complete the Graduate Summary (DOCX 386 kB)

To ensure the safety and security of employees, Queensland Health requires a number of pre-employment checks, such as mandatory vaccinations and criminal history checks.

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: 20 May 2020