GradConnect

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

Through the online GradConnect recruitment system, 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, or participating private hospitals and residential aged care providers.

GradConnect allows newly qualified enrolled nurses, registered nurses and midwives to apply for opportunities in all participating hospitals and health services using just one application.

Changes to GradConnect for 2022

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

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 participating Western Australian public, private and aged care health service providers.

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

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),
    • Midwife (for midwifery positions) or
    • Be in your final 6 months of nursing or midwifery studies
  • Have current registration, or anticipated registration completed by:
    • February GradConnect: 31 July of that year
    • July GradConnect: 31 December of that year
  • Be a newly qualified nurse who has not previously participated in a graduate nursing program.
    • 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
  • Be a newly qualified midwife who has not previously participated in a graduate midwifery program.
    • Graduate midwives who have undertaken an enrolled or registered nurse graduate program in the past are eligible to apply for midwifery graduate programs
  • 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 application 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 be given to Western Australian graduates with Australian citizenship or permanent residency, or New Zealand citizenship.
  • 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 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 no later than 8 weeks prior to your start date.
  • 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

GradConnect recruitment for positions starting May – Dec 2022 has now closed.

Information on the GradConnect recruitment for positions starting January – June 2023 will be available on this site in June. It is anticipated this recruitment process will open early July 2022 with final dates to be confirmed.

  • Late applications will not be accepted.
  • A link to the application site will appear here only during the opening dates.
  • First preference offers will be made via email and online on 23 March 2022 at 3pm (Perth time).
  • Second preference offers will be made via email and online on 5 April 2022 at 3pm (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

18 February GradConnect applications open
4 March (1.00pm)
GradConnect applications close – late applications will not be considered
5-22 March
First preference interviews may be conducted (online or in-person)
23 March (3.00pm)
First preference offers available to successful applicants (online and email)
25 March (5.00pm)
Successful applicants accept or decline first preference offer (online only)
26 March-4 April
Second preference interviews may be conducted (online or in-person)
5 April (3.00pm)
Second preference offers available to successful applicants (online and email)
7 April (5pm)
Successful applicants accept or decline second preference offer (online only)
8 April
GradConnect process concludes
Participating hospitals and health services

You will be asked to nominate 2 health service preferences on application. Changes to preferences cannot be made once the application period has closed.

Note: With the exception of Peel Health Campus, Ramsay Health Care will not be recruiting via the GradConnect process.

The following health services will be participating in Feb 2022 GradConnect process (May-Dec 2022) and will be outlined as preferences on the application form:

WA Health Service Providers Private and aged care health service providers

Child and Adolescent Health Service – Mental Health – RN only
St John of God (PDF 120KB) – Multiple sites as one choice
Child and Adolescent Health Service – RN only
Ramsay – Peel Health Campus only
East Metropolitan Health Service – Armadale Kalamunda Group
Aged care only – Amana Living (PDF 162KB)
East Metropolitan Health Service – Royal Perth Bentley Group RN/EN only
Aged care onlyBaptistCare (PDF 312KB)
North Metropolitan Health Service – North Metro Mental Health RN/EN only
Aged care only – Brightwater (PDF 114KB) RN only – multiple sites as one choice
North Metropolitan Health Service – Sir Charles Gairdner Osborne Park Hospital Care Group – EN/RN only
Aged care only – Hall & Prior (PDF 1.08KB)
North Metropolitan Health Service – Women & Newborn Health Service – EN (new program), MW (KEMH/OPH), and RN (perioperative only)
Aged care only – Juniper (PDF 164KB) – multiple sites as one choice
South Metropolitan Health Service – Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospital Group
Aged care only – Southern Cross (PDF 110KB) RN only – multiple sites as one choice
South Metropolitan Health Service – Rockingham General Hospital

WA Country Health Service – Seven regions to select as a single choice

Public Health (PDF 120KB) – RN only

Selection criteria

You will not be required to upload a curriculum vitae or resume. The online application questions will request information that is usually included in such documents.

The following selection criteria is applicable to all graduate applicants (EN, RN and Midwife).

  • Demonstrates clinical knowledge in the delivery and improvement of safe, evidence-based nursing and/or midwifery care within a clinical setting.
  • Demonstrates ability to work within a team in a clinical setting and practice in accordance with the NMBA professional standards (EN, RN, MW as relevant).
  • Demonstrates effective communication and interpersonal skills within a clinical setting.

In addition to the above, the following criterion is applicable to RN and Midwife graduate applicants.

  • Demonstrates understanding of and commitment to the principles of quality improvement and risk management within practice.

As part of the written application, you are only required to answer the following 2 selection criteria. A 250-word limit applies to each question:

  1. Provide an overview of your demonstrated clinical knowledge in the delivery and improvement of safe, evidence-based nursing and/ or midwifery care within a clinical setting.
  2. Provide an overview of your demonstrated ability to work within a team in a clinical setting and practice in accordance with the NMBA professional standards (EN, RN, Midwife as relevant).

When answering the selection criteria questions (above), use nursing and/or midwifery examples from your clinical experiences to demonstrate your knowledge where possible.

The following is not related to the selection criteria; however you are required to answer the question.

3. Outline your reasons for applying to participate in a Graduate Nursing and or Midwifery Program (250-word limit).

Note that you may be asked additional questions relevant to all the selection criteria should you proceed to an interview.

Further information on the process and tips for your best application can be found in the GradConnect 2022 Summary (PDF 1.92MB).

Watch the WA nursing and midwifery expo health services presentations (external site) and presentations for graduates (external site).

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. You are encouraged to thoroughly research all programs.

Changing your start date

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.

Employment conditions

The terms and conditions of WA Health Employment (Public) are in accordance with the following industrial agreements:

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.
Last reviewed: 14-03-2022
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Chief Nursing and Midwifery Office