GradConnect

Graduate, or transition to practice programs, assist newly qualified enrolled nurses, registered nurses and midwives transition into the nursing and midwifery workforce in a supportive environment. These paid programs enable exposure to a variety of clinical settings, while consolidating theoretical learning, and the development of critical clinical skills and judgement.

Through the online GradConnect recruitment system, newly qualified enrolled nurses, registered nurses and midwives can apply for a graduate (or transition to practice) program at participating public, private or aged care health providers.

What is GradConnect?

GradConnect is an online recruitment system that enables newly qualified enrolled nurses, registered nurses and midwives access to a wide choice of employment opportunities, through graduate (or transition to practice) programs.

Using just one application, newly qualified nurses and midwives can apply for employment opportunities in all participating public, private and aged care health providers in Western Australia.

Applications for graduate (or transition to practice programs) offered via GradConnect are centrally coordinated by the WA Chief Nursing and Midwifery Office.

Important information regarding GradConnect 2022

Recruitment through GradConnect is undertaken twice a year, for eligible enrolled nurses, registered nurses and midwives.

  • February 2022 GradConnect was for positions starting in July – December 2022
    • This process is now closed.
  • July 2022 GradConnect is for positions starting in January – June 2023
    • Online applications will be open from 08 July 2022 (9.00am) to 22 July 2022 (1.00pm)

Information on the process and tips for your best application can be found:

Important information regarding the public, private and aged care health providers participating in GradConnect July 2022 (for positions starting Jan-June 2023) can be found here.

Eligibility

To apply for a position via GradConnect you must:

  • Be eligible for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) (external site) as a:
    • Registered or enrolled nurse (for nursing positions) or
    • Midwife (for midwifery positions)
    • Be in your final 6 months, or have completed your nursing or midwifery studies.
  • Have current registration, or anticipated registration, completed by:
    • 31 July for the February GradConnect process (closed)
    • 31 December for the July GradConnect process, i.e. to apply in the GradConnect July 2022 process (for positions starting Jan-June 2023), you must be registered by 31 December 2022, or no less than two weeks prior to your start date.
  • Be a newly qualified nurse who has not previously participated in a graduate nursing program.
    • Registered nurses, who have previously undertaken an enrolled nurse or a midwifery graduate program, are eligible to apply for a registered nurse graduate program.
  • Be a newly qualified midwife who has not previously participated in a graduate midwifery program.
    • Graduate midwives who have previously undertaken an enrolled or registered nurse graduate program are eligible to apply for a midwifery graduate program.
  • Have completed your nursing or midwifery studies in Australia within the last 2 years at the time of application (i.e. no more than 2 years since graduation).

Other eligibility information

  • We are committed to growing the Aboriginal workforce across WA Health. Section 51 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 applies to all GradConnect vacancies. Aboriginal nurse and midwife graduates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Preference for appointment and interview will based on merit, with consideration given to Western Australian graduates with Australian or New Zealand citizenship, or Australian permanent residency.
  • Nursing and midwifery students of other nationalities (non-Australia and New Zealand citizens) who have completed their studies in Australia, and are eligible for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), are eligible to apply for employment through GradConnect.
  • 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 Ahpra’s English Language Standard through the English Language Test Pathway, you will be required to submit evidence of passing this test to the hospital site no later than 01 December 2022.
  • 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

July 2022 GradConnect (for positions starting Jan-June 2023) will be open from 08 July 2022 (9.00am) to 22 July 2022 (1.00pm)

Applicants have the option to select three (3) preferences of where they would like to work in Western Australia.

Employment within the large metropolitan hospitals/health services is very competitive. To increase your chances of employment in a graduate program, you are strongly encouraged to select a wide variety of hospitals/sites and health sectors throughout Western Australia.

Please note:

  • GradConnect applications close on 22 July 2022 at 1.00pm (Perth time).
    • Late applications will not be accepted.
  • A link to the application site will appear on this site only during the opening dates.
  • First preference offers will be made via email and online on 24 August 2022 at 12.00 pm (noon) (Perth time).
  • Second preference offers will be made via email and online on 28 September 2022 at 12.00pm (noon) (Perth time).
  • Third preference offers will be made via email and online on 31 October 2022 at 12.00pm (noon) (Perth time).
  • Applicants who are offered a position have 2 days to respond to their offer, and this must be completed online.

Key dates – 2022

08 July
(09.00am)
GradConnect applications open
22 July
(1.00pm)

GradConnect applications close
LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED
25 July–23 August
First preference interviews may be conducted (online or in-person)
24 August
(12.00pm - noon)
First preference offers available to successful applicants (online and email)
26 August
(12.00pm - noon)

Deadline for successful applicants to accept or decline first preference offer (online only)
5–27 September
Second preference interviews may be conducted (online or in-person)
28 September
(12.00pm - noon)
Second preference offers available to successful applicants (online and email)
30 September
(12.00pm - noon)
Deadline for successful applicants to accept or decline second preference offer (online only)
10–28 October
Third preference interviews may be conducted (online or in-person)
31 October
(12.00pm - noon)
Third preference offers available to successful applicants (online and email)
02 November
(12.00pm - noon)
Deadline for successful applicants to accept or decline third preference offer (online only)
04 November
GradConnect process concludes
Participating hospitals and health services

The following health services will be participating in the July 2022 GradConnect process (for positions starting Jan-June 2023) and will be outlined as preferences on the application form.

The tables below indicate what graduate programs are available at each health service/site, (i.e., EN RN or MW). If the professional group is not indicated, it means the health service/site does not offer a graduate program for that profession.

Important information regarding the public, private and aged care health providers participating in GradConnect July 2022 (for positions starting Jan-June 2023) can be found here

Public health services

Child and Adolescent Health Service (CAHS)
CAHS - Mental Health - RN -
Child and Adolescent Health Service
- RN -
East Metropolitan Health Service (EMHS)
Armadale Kalamunda Group EN RN MW
Armadale Kalamunda Group - Perioperative - RN -
Armadale Kalamunda Group - Mental Health - RN -
Royal Perth Bentley Group EN RN -
Royal Perth Bentley Group - Mental Health EN RN -
North Metropolitan Health Service (NMHS)
Sir Charles Gairdner Osborne Park Hospital EN RN -
Women Newborn Health Service
-
-
MW
Women Newborn Health Service - Perioperative -
RN -
NMHS - Mental Health EN RN -
South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS)
Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospital Group EN RN MW
Rockingham General Hospital EN RN MW
SMHS - Mental Health -
RN -
WA Country Health Service (WACHS)
Goldfields EN RN MW
Great Southern EN RN MW
Kimberley EN RN MW
Midwest EN RN MW
Pilbara EN RN MW
Southwest EN RN MW
Wheatbelt EN RN MW
WACHS - Mental Health EN RN -

Private health services

St John of God - Multiple Sites EN RN MW
St John of God - Mental Health (Midland only) - RN -
Ramsay Health Care - Peel Health Campus EN RN MW

Aged care services

Alinea Incorporated - RN
Amana Living EN RN
Amaroo; - RN
BaptistCare EN RN
Brightwater EN RN
Carinya Care EN RN
CraigCare EN RN
Hall & Prior EN RN
Juniper EN RN
Opal HealthCare EN RN
RAAFA WA EN RN
Southern Cross Care - RN
Yaandina Community Services Limited EN RN

Selection criteria

Enrolled Nurse Application Selection Criteria (GradConnect)

If applying for a graduate enrolled nurse program you will need to submit a written application addressing each of the selection criteria (1-4) below. When answering, use relevant nursing examples from your clinical experiences to demonstrate your knowledge wherever possible. Please note that you may be asked questions relevant to all the selection criteria (1-4 below) should you proceed to an interview.

  1. Demonstrated clinical knowledge and experience in the delivery of evidence-based nursing care within a clinical setting.
  2. Demonstrated effective interpersonal, negotiation and conflict resolution skills within a clinical setting.
  3. Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills within a clinical setting.
  4. Demonstrated ability to work within a team in a clinical setting.

Registered Nurse Application Selection Criteria (GradConnect)

If applying for a graduate registered nurse program you will need to submit a written application addressing each of the selection criteria (1-4) below. When answering, use relevant nursing examples from your clinical experiences to demonstrate your knowledge wherever possible. Please note that you may be asked questions relevant to all the selection criteria (1-4 below) should you proceed to an interview.

  1. Demonstrated clinical knowledge and experience in the delivery of evidence-based nursing care within a clinical setting.
  2. Demonstrated effective interpersonal, negotiation and conflict resolution skills within a clinical setting.
  3. Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills within a clinical setting.
  4. Demonstrates an understanding of, and commitment to the principles of quality improvement and risk management within practice.

Midwife Application Selection Criteria (GradConnect)

If applying for a graduate midwifery program you will need to submit a written application addressing each of the selection criteria (1-4) below. When answering, use relevant midwifery examples from your clinical experiences to demonstrate your knowledge wherever possible. Please note that you may be asked questions relevant to all the selection criteria (1-4 below) should you proceed to an interview.

  1. Demonstrates knowledge of, and practices in accordance with NMBA's Professional Standards for the Midwife.
  2. Demonstrates an understanding of, and commitment to the provision of woman centred maternity care.
  3. Demonstrates effective communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills with the ability to function as a team member in a clinical multi-disciplinary environment.
  4. Demonstrates an understanding of the principles of quality improvement and risk management within practice.

Further information on the process and tips for your best application can be found here: GradConnect July 2022: Important Information (PDF 845KB).

Offers of employment

Offers of employment are made via the GradConnect online recruitment system.

It is your responsibility to be aware of the dates when offers are made, as you are required to accept, or decline offers in a specific time frame.

First preferences

Offers to successful first preference applicants will be made available online and via email on 24 August 2022 at 12.00 pm (noon) (Perth time).

  • Applicants have 2 days to respond to their offer and this must be completed online.
  • Applicants who ACCEPT will be offered a contract with their first preference site.
  • Applicants who DECLINE the first preference offer will exit the GradConnect application process.
    • Second or third preference offers will not be available for applicants who decline a first preference offer.
    • Opportunities for employment outside the GradConnect process may be available through NurseWest.

Second preferences

Applicants who do not receive an offer from their first preference site may be considered for employment at their second preference site.

Offers to successful second preference applicants will be made available online and via email on 28 September 2022 at 12.00pm (noon) (Perth time)

  • Applicants have 2 days to respond to their offer and this must be completed online
  • Applicants who ACCEPT will be offered a contract with their second preference site
  • Applicants who DECLINE the second preference offer will exit the GradConnect application process.
    • Third preference offers will not be available for applicants who decline a second preference offer.
    • Applicants who decline an offer, or do not receive an offer from their second preference site may be offered employment opportunity through NurseWest.

Third preferences

Applicants who do not receive an offer from their first or second preference sites may be considered for employment at their third preference site.

Offers to successful third preference applicants will be made available online and via email on 31 October 2022 at 12.00pm (noon) (Perth time).

  • Applicants have 2 days to respond to their offer and this must be completed online.
  • Applicants who ACCEPT will be offered a contract with their third preference site.
  • Applicants who DECLINE the third preference offer will exit the GradConnect application process.
    • There will be no further offers to these applicants via the GradConnect process.
    • Applicants who decline an offer, or do not receive an offer from their third preference site may be offered employment opportunity through NurseWest.

Key dates 2022

08 July
(09.00am)
GradConnect applications open

22 July
(1.00pm)

GradConnect applications close
LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED
25 July–23 August First preference interviews may be conducted (online or in-person)
24 August
(12.00pm - noon)
First preference offers available to successful applicants (online and email)
26 August
(12.00pm - noon)
Deadline for successful applicants to accept or decline first preference offer (online only)
5–27 September Second preference interviews may be conducted (online or in-person)
28 September
(12.00pm - noon)

Second preference offers available to successful applicants (online and email)

30 September
(12.00pm - noon)
Deadline for successful applicants to accept or decline second preference offer (online only)
10-28 October Third preference interviews may be conducted (online or in-person)
31 October
(12.00pm - noon)
Third preference offers available to successful applicants (online and email)
02 November
(12.00pm - noon)
Deadline for successful applicants to accept or decline third preference offer (online only)
04 November GradConnect process concludes
Start dates

The graduate program start dates for each hospital and health service vary. You are encouraged to thoroughly research all programs.

Some hospitals or health services may offer graduate programs part-time. You should discuss this with each hospital or health service at interview.

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 through GradConnect the following year.

Do I need to complete a graduate program to practise as a nurse or midwife?

Undertaking a graduate program is not mandatory for initial or ongoing employment. 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.

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.

Other employment options

All nursing and midwifery positions within WA Health outside the GradConnect process are advertised on the Jobs WA website (external site)

The private and non-government sector may also have positions available for newly qualified nurses and midwives.

More information

Is there anything else I should be doing?

  • If you’ve applied via GradConnect, ensure that your contact details are current (personal email preferred), and that you respond promptly to any correspondence.
  • If you were not offered a graduate position, consider applying in the next available GradConnect process. (Ensure you still meet the eligibility criteria).
  • If you had an interview, but weren’t offered a job, get feedback. All unsuccessful applicants are recommended to seek feedback from the interviewing site. The feedback they provide will help you to improve your selection criteria and/or your interview technique.
  • If you were not offered an interview, you are encouraged to seek advice on how to improve your written job application. University career services, lecturers, tutors and preceptors are good resources.
Last reviewed: 08-07-2022
Produced by

Chief Nursing and Midwifery Office