Graduate nurse and midwife programs

Applications for the NT Health Graduate Nurse and Midwifery Program 2022 are now open.

Applications close 11pm on Tuesday 24 August 2021.


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 nursing or midwifery degree and be eligible for general registration between December 2020 and December 2021.
  • Be registered as an Enrolled Nurse, Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) prior to:
    • 1 November 2021 for January 2022 or 1 February 2022 for April 2022 intakes at Royal Darwin Hospital/Palmerston Regional Hospital and Katherine Hospital. **
    • 30 December 2021 for February 2022 intakes at Alice Springs Hospital and Tennant Creek Hospital or 1 March 2022 for May 2022 intakes at Alice Springs Hospital.**
  • 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. Note: experience gained as part of COVID-19 workforces will be not included in calculations of hours.
  • Not have commenced a Graduate Nurse/Midwife program in any other state or territory.

** Meeting the English Language Requirements

Additional recruitment drive

Due to anticipated interest, there will be an expected recruitment drive in late 2021 for a late 2022 intake.

Only individuals who have completed or will be due to complete all elements of their nursing or midwifery degree from January 2022 will be eligible to apply.

Prior graduation will not be considered.

This webpage will be promptly updated as information on this recruitment drive and further programs becomes available including application requirements and application dates.

Priority consideration

The Northern Territory Public Sector (NTPS) 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 people. To support this Special Measures Priority Consideration for Aboriginal applicants applies to the Graduate Nurse and Midwife Programs.

In line with the NT Health’s Strategic Plan, applications are considered in the following priority order:

  • Aboriginal
  • NT Resident Graduates
  • Interstate Resident Graduates

Applications and supporting documents must be submitted in full, online via the Northern Territory Government Employment Opportunities Online website, by 11pm on Tuesday 24 August 2021. Only online applications will be accepted.

Please refer to the Applicant Information Pack PDF (2.7 MB) for more detail on how to prepare your application.

Download the Graduate Nurse and Midwife Program Clinical Referee Report form DOCX (67.0 KB).

Once you have prepared all of your documentation and are ready to submit your application visit the careers website and locate the GNMP application.

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

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 you as soon as the process is finalised.

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 six-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: 19 August 2021

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