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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 up to 2019 to suitably qualified nursing and midwifery graduates.

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

Queensland Health offers graduate registered nurses and midwives a range of programs and experiences for first year nurses and midwives. 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.

2016 mid-year recruitment

Applications for the 2016 mid-year recruitment have now closed. Staggered graduate intakes may commence at any time and dates will vary between HHSs. To follow up on your application, please contact the HHSs that you applied to.

2017 annual graduate recruitment

The Queensland Health 2017 graduate nurse and midwife recruitment will run from 1 to 29 August 2016. You may visit the Queensland Government Graduate Portal and ‘Register for email alerts’ to receive notifications of opening and closing dates of future graduate recruitments.

Who is eligible?

To apply to the Queensland Health 2017 graduate registered nurse and midwife recruitment via the Queensland Government Graduate Portal, you must:

  • have completed your first university undergraduate nursing or midwifery course within the past TWO years – that is, between August 2014 and August 2016 – or be due to complete your course by December 2016.
  • 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.

Before you apply

Read the Graduate nurse and midwife recruitment prospectus for 2016 Mid-year recruitment, May 2016 (PDF, 518KB) as a guide. The 2017 prospectus will be available soon.

  1. Make sure you are eligible to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).
  2. Ensure you have the documentation required for registration through NMBA.
  3. Update your resume to include all your clinical placements.
  4. Contact your referees and confirm they are willing to complete the Referee Report should you be selected for interview. These are available as either Microsoft Word or PDF documents:
  5. Research your favoured hospitals, and decide if your clinical preferences match your hospital preferences.
  6. Read the application tips for advice about your application.
  7. Complete the cover letter template (DOC, 351KB).

Pre employment requirements

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.

Submit your application

When the next graduate recruitment opens on 1 August 2016, applications are submitted via the Queensland Government Graduate Portal under ‘Register your interest’. Please note: new applicants must register for an account before commencing their application. All HHSs in Queensland are available for selection in your one application. Recruiters at the HHSs you list as preferences will review your application.

More information

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

To follow up on your application, please contact the HHSs listed as preferences on your application.

Last updated: 13 July 2016