Graduate nursing and midwifery

WA Health operates a number of initiatives to support newly qualified nurses and midwives transitioning from study to employment.

Transition to practise forum 

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The Transition to Practise Forum is an opportunity to explore the employment opportunities available to nurses and midwives in Western Australia.

Registration and further details will be available in early 2020.

NHS Grampian Recruit Australia Program  

This program is an exciting opportunity for participants to spend two years working and practising in Aberdeen where they will consolidate their recent qualifications through professional experience.

Grad Connect 

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.


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)
  • a graduate nurse who has not previously participated in a graduate nurse program and has not been employed for more than 988 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 988 hours 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
  • you are ineligible to apply if it has been more than 2 years since the completion of your nursing or midwifery studies.

Other application information

  • Preference for appointment and interview will be given to local Western Australian graduates with Australian citizenship or permanent residency, or, New Zealand Citizenship. 
  • 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.
  • If your application is successful you must have your relevant NMBA registration completed no less than two weeks prior to your start date.
  • If your application is successful and you are required to meet AHPRAs English Language Standard through the English Language Test Pathway, you will be required to submit evidence of passing this test to the hospital site by 01 November 2019.   

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.

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 2020 GradConnect will be open March 3 - 18 2020 for positions available in that year. Please note : This is a small recruitment process with limited vacancies and not all Health Service Providers participate. Only Enrolled Nursing and Midwifery vacancies are available in this process. Please note the application closing time of 2pm AWST. Late applications cannot be accepted.
  • July 2021 GradConnect will open July 1 2020 for positions available in 2021. Please note : The majority of WA Health Service Providers participate in this process.
  • GradConnect 2020 important dates (PDF 67KB)

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

Please see the following documents for important dates and application tips.

Participating hospitals and health services

The following WA Health Services will be participating in March GradConnect 2020:

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.

Offers of employment

Offers are made via the GradConnect online recruitment system.

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.

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.

Employment conditions

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

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.

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

  • email us
  • contact individual hospitals and health services.
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