Graduate nurse and midwife programs

Applications for the Northern Territory (NT) Health Graduate Nurse and Midwifery Program 2022 second drive are now open.

Applications extended

NT Health Graduate Nurse and Midwifery Program applications have been extended.

This is the last opportunity to apply.

Applications close 11pm, Monday 14 March 2022.


To be eligible to apply for the 2022 Graduate Nurse and Midwife Programs you must:

  • have completed or be due to complete all elements of your diploma (enrolled nursing) or degree (nursing and / or midwifery) between November 2021 and June (extended) 2022
  • be registered as an enrolled nurse, registered nurse or registered midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) prior to July (extended) 2022**
  • be an Australian citizen or hold a visa allowing ongoing, full-time employment in Australia
  • have less than 6 months full-time equivalent experience as an enrolled nurse, registered nurse and / or registered midwife, as relevant to the approved program of study at the time of application; note: experience gained as part of COVID-19 workforces will be not included in calculations of hours
  • have not have commenced a graduate nurse / midwife program or equivalent transition programs in the NT and any other state or territory.

Prior graduation will not be considered.

** Completed all English proficiency visa testing prior to application and evidence of completion attached.

Priority consideration

The NT Public Sector values diversity and aims to achieve a workforce that is representative of the community we serve, and is committed to improving recruitment, retention and career development opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. To support this special measures priority consideration for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants applies to the Graduate Nurse and Midwife Programs.

NT Health uses the merit principles to assess applicant’s suitability for the role. In addition to assessing against merit, the panel will consider the following demographic information to determine priority order:

  1. NT resident graduates
  2. interstate resident graduates.

Preparing your application

Step 1. Read the applicant information pack PDF (1.3 MB) for more detail on how to prepare your application.

Step 2. Download and fill in the Graduate Nurse and Midwife Program clinical referee report form DOCX (66.7 KB).

Step 3. Once you have prepared all of your documentation and are ready to submit your application, go to the Northern Territory Government Employment Opportunities Online website, and locate the GNMP application.

Fill in all of the required information in the application portal and then upload your documentation.

Applications should be submitted by 11pm, on 14 March 2022. Only online applications will be accepted.

Please note the panel aims to finalise the process within 6 weeks of applications closing, so please be patient and know that we will update as soon as the process is finalised.

Program structure

The Graduate Nurse and Midwife Programs are designed to provide support and education to ease your transition into practice, and allow for professional and personal development. Programs include debriefing sessions, case study presentations and many relevant professional development opportunities. You will have support through clinical educators, experienced nurses, midwives and clinical coaches.

Programs run over a 12‑month period. Employment is offered on a full-time basis (38 hours per week). Requests for part-time employment will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The Graduate Nurse and Midwife Programs take place at:

  • Royal Darwin Hospital / Palmerston Regional Hospital
  • Alice Springs Hospital
  • Katherine Hospital
  • Tennant Creek Hospital.

There are a large range of clinical rotations available as part of the program. You will be allocated to a specific rotation plan at the beginning of your program. A small number of nursing clinical rotations may also be available through Gove District Hospital and Community Health Centres.

Nursing graduates are generally allocated two 6‑month clinical rotations. However some hospitals and clinical areas have 12‑month specialty clinical rotations. Nursing clinical rotations include medical, surgical and specialty areas such as:

  • intensive care
  • operating theatres
  • emergency department
  • special care nursery and paediatrics
  • renal dialysis
  • mental health services
  • cancer care services.

Midwifery graduates are generally allocated three or four clinical rotations depending on the hospital and clinical area. Midwifery rotations include antenatal, birthing, postnatal and domiciliary care.

If you have identified a particular clinical specialty that you wish to work in, you can request to complete a clinical rotation in that specialty in your cover letter. However, we cannot guarantee clinical rotations.

Once the program is complete, nurses and midwives receive a certificate to validate participation in the formal transition to practice program. To secure ongoing employment, you will be required to apply for available vacant positions.

Last updated: 04 March 2022

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