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Graduate Registered Nursing and Midwifery Program

Nursing and midwifery are rewarding careers with a vast range of opportunities. One pathway option to start your career with Queensland Health is through the Graduate Registered Nursing and Midwifery Program.

Our Hospital and Health Services (HHSs) offer a range of graduate programs for first year registered nurses and midwives including ward-based and rotational programs. Programs are located across Queensland and offer a range of career paths in large metropolitan, regional and rural hospitals as well as community health centres servicing rural, remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Watch these videos for some examples of where a graduate program can take you:

2021 graduate recruitment campaign

Applications for placement in the 2021 Graduate Registered Nursing and Midwifery Program are open
from 10:00am 27 July to 11:59pm 21 August 2020.

Video transcript

Hello, my name is Shelley Nowlan, and I hold the position of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer for Queensland.

I consider it a great privilege to welcome you to the highly respected and honoured professions of nursing and midwifery.  Congratulations to you at this exciting time in your career, you should be tremendously proud of your achievements and those that are graduating with you. You have spent many years dedicating yourself to your university studies and now, your diligence and commitment have finally paid off.

Nursing and midwifery offers an enormous variety of opportunities which are as rewarding as they are challenging.  Even if you already know exactly where you would like to be placed and what you would like to experience in your graduate year, I encourage you to ‘think outside the box’ and explore all of your opportunities and options. Take the time to research various clinical placements, each of the Hospital and Health Services and see what they have to offer in each of their facilities.

Your graduate year could include options such as:

  • Working rurally and remotely, where you could experience a broad range of healthcare situations and environments that may not be available within the tertiary facilities.
  • Reaping the rewards by working with our First Nations communities and leading health improvement initiatives for First Nations people.
  • Or working in mental health or aged care to help vulnerable populations and make a positive impact on your community.

The experiences and learnings that you have gained thus far ensures you are well prepared to be registered as a nurse and/or midwife and embark on a fulfilling career. It is important to remember that nursing and midwifery are professions that provide the opportunity for lifelong learning and I encourage you to continually seek opportunities that challenge you, allow you to grow and give you purpose.

You have chosen a profession which can offer you a promising future and is a highly respected position to uphold.  Being a nurse and/or a midwife presents you with a unique opportunity to share some of the most cherished and most challenging moments of people’s lives. So, be the change you want to see and don’t be afraid to be courageous and lead positive change.

Thank you for considering Queensland Health for your graduate year. All the best on your journey to developing a rewarding career path in nursing and midwifery.

Before applying

Before you apply, it is important to check that you are eligible for the program, have decided which HHSs offer the clinical programs you are interested in, understand the nature of the graduate role and how to apply.

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 2018 to July 2020), or be due to graduate by 1 March 2021.
  • 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.
  • 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 registered midwife for more than 960 hours (the equivalent of six months full-time).
  • be eligible for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

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 HHS to apply for employment.

2. 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.

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

  • Role description – describes the nature of the role and requirements
  • Prospectus – includes the information you will need to apply
  • FAQs – provides further information about eligibility, preferences, referee reports, interviews and offers.

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 from 10:00am 27 July to 11:59pm 21 August 2020


Contact the Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer at

Ensure you have read through the Prospectus, FAQs and all the information above, before contacting us.
Last updated: 29 July 2020