Graduate nursing and midwifery

Graduate programs assist you to transition into the nursing and midwifery workforce in a supportive environment. You will gain exposure to a variety of clinical settings, while consolidating theoretical learning and critical clinical skills and judgement.

Through the online recruitment system GradConnect, newly qualified enrolled nurses, registered nurses and midwives are encouraged to undertake a fully paid graduate program at either a public hospital or health service. This allows you to apply for graduate opportunities in all our participating hospitals and health services using just one application.

What is GradConnect?

GradConnect is a streamlined online recruitment system that provides a wide choice of employment opportunities for newly qualified nurses and midwives.

The system works collaboratively with Western Australian public hospitals and health services.

Applications for all graduate programs offered via GradConnect are centrally coordinated by the Nursing and Midwifery Office.

Benefits of using GradConnect

If you are a newly qualified nurse or midwife looking for employment, GradConnect offers many benefits, including the:

  • opportunity to apply for graduate positions at more than one public hospital or health service, using just one application
  • freedom to edit and save your application up until the closing date
  • opportunity to receive and accept your job offer online
  • ability to update your personal contact details anytime.

Who can apply?

To apply you must be: 

  • eligible for registration as a registered or enrolled nurse for nursing positions and as a midwife for midwifery positions with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) (external site). The NMBA is responsible for the regulation of nursing and midwifery practice in Australia. Nurses and midwives must comply with the registration standards and be registered with the NMBA prior to starting their graduate program 
  • if your application is successful you must have your relevant NMBA registration completed no less than two weeks prior to your start date 
  • a new graduate nurse who has not previously participated in a graduate nurse program and has not been employed for more than 12 months (1976 hours) as a nurse in Australia or overseas. Enrolled nurses converting to registered nurse who have undertaken an enrolled nurse graduate program in the past are eligible to apply for registered nurse graduate programs  
  • a graduate midwife who has not previously participated in a graduate midwifery program and has not been employed for more than 12 months as a midwife in Australia or overseas. Graduate midwives who have undertaken an enrolled or registered nurse graduate program in the past are eligible to apply for midwifery graduate programs 
  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or,  a New Zealand Citizen 
  • if you have completed your studies prior to March 2017 you are ineligible to apply for March 2019 GradConnect 
  • if you have completed your studies prior to July 2017 you are ineligible to apply for July GradConnect 
  • preference for appointment and interview will be given to local Western Australian graduates with Australian citizenship or permanent residency, or, New Zealand Citizenship. 

If your application is successful you will also need to meet the specific employment requirements of the hospital or health service where you will be working. At a minimum you will need up-to-date: 

  1. criminal record check 
  2. Working with Children Check (external site) immunisations and health screening.

Application opening dates 

The majority of graduate programs recruit annually during July for the following year.  A smaller recruitment process is undertaken in March for sites that have additional or existing vacancies in that year.

March 2019 GradConnect vacancies for mid 2019 intake are only available for Enrolled Nurses and Midwives.

There are limited vacancies available during the March process.

March 2019 GradConnect opens: 5 March 2019 and closes 18 March 2019 at 2pm WST. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

The link to apply button will only appear during the application dates

Vacancies for Registered Nurse, Enrolled Nurse and Midwife positions in 2020 will be advertised in July 2019.

Please check back at the website in March 2019 for hospitals participating in the July process.

How to apply

Please see the 'Important Application Dates' document below for more information about rounds and offer dates.

We are committed to growing the Aboriginal workforce across WA Health. Aboriginal nurse and midwife graduates are encouraged to apply. Section 51 applies to all GradConnect vacancies.

GradConnect Enrolled Nurse 2019

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GradConnect March Midwife 2019

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Participating hospitals and health services

Not all hospitals and health services participate in GradConnect 

Even if you apply through GradConnect for a position at a participating hospital or health service, you can still apply for other positions with non-participating hospitals and health services. Do not limit yourself by only applying to GradConnect. 

Start dates

The graduate program start dates for each hospital and health service vary and some hospitals and health services also offer multiple start dates. It is up to the applicant to thoroughly research all programs available and ascertain the date for application. Some hospitals and health services will be recruiting annually, while others will recruit twice a year.

Be careful that you don’t choose a program that is not available at the time you graduate.

Please check back at the website in March 2019 for hospitals participating in the July process.

Changing your start date  

You will be asked to nominate your preferred start date within the application. You should discuss your plans with each hospital or health service during the selection and interview process. If you are offered a graduate position and are not able to start at the agreed start date, you will need to advise the relevant person or people at the hospital or health service as soon as possible. 

If you wish to defer your start date, you will need to negotiate this with the individual health service. They may not be able to accommodate such requests and may advise you to re-apply to GradConnect the following year.

Part-time programs

Some hospitals or health services may offer graduate programs part–time. You will be asked to state your preference within your application. You should discuss this with each hospital or health service at interview.  

Employment conditions  

The terms and conditions of service are in accordance with the:

  • WA Health System – Australian Nursing Federation – Registered Nurses, Midwives, Enrolled (Mental Health) and Enrolled (Mothercraft) Nurses – Industrial Agreement 2016 (external site) 
  • WA Health System – United Voice – Enrolled Nurses, Assistants in Nursing, Aboriginal and Ethnic Health Workers Industrial Agreement 2016 (external site)
  • Do I need to complete a graduate program to practise as a nurse or midwife?

    Once you are registered to practise as an enrolled nurse, registered nurse or midwife you are able to gain employment in any health facility within Australia. Completing a graduate program is not mandatory. Undertaking a graduate program is not a requirement for initial or ongoing employment. Graduate programs have been designed to offer additional support for novice nurses and midwives to assist their transition to the professional role within busy clinical environments. Places within these structured graduate programs are capped for a range of reasons. You can still gain valuable experience outside of a designated graduate program.

    More information 

    To find out more:

  • email us
  • contact individual hospitals and health services.
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    Nursing and Midwifery Office