Graduate nurse and midwife programs

Applications for the 2019/20 Graduate Nurse and Midwife Programs have now closed. Applications for the 2020/21 programs will open mid-year 2020.

The Northern Territory (NT) Graduate Nurse and Midwife Programs provide a unique opportunity to consolidate your skills and knowledge and gain a broad range of experience in a cross-cultural and dynamic clinical environment.

Working in the Territory offers graduates opportunities like no other in Australia. NT nurses and midwives highly value the experience of working with Aboriginal clients, which make up 30 percent of the Territory’s population.

Through your work you will have the opportunity to contribute to improving client outcomes in a wide variety of clinically diverse settings. NT Health offers experience in major teaching and smaller regional hospitals, critical care, community health, aged care, and remote area nursing/midwifery.

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To be eligible to apply for the 2019-20 Graduate Nurse and Midwife Programs you must:

  • have completed or be due to complete a Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) approved program of study for general registration between December 2017 and December 2019 an
  • have less than 12 months full time equivalent experience as an enrolled nurse, registered nurse and/or registered midwife, as relevant to the approved program of study.

Priority placement

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 Australian Aboriginals. To support this Special Measures Priority Consideration for Aboriginal applicants applies to the Graduate Nurse and Midwife Programs.

In line with the NT’s Strategic Plans, places on the program are offered in the following priorities:

  • Aboriginal and NT Resident Graduates
  • Interstate Resident Graduates
  • International Student Graduate

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. Commencement dates vary from late 2019 to mid-2020 depending on location.

The NT Graduate Nurse and Midwife Programs take place at:

  • Royal Darwin Hospital/Palmerston Regional Hospital
  • Alice Springs Hospital
  • Katherine 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, Tennant Creek Hospital, aged care facilities 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 pediatrics
  • 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.

How to apply

Applications and supporting documents must be submitted in full, online via the Northern Territory Government Employment Opportunities Online website, by midnight 14 July 2019. Applications will not be accepted via any other means.

This section contains a checklist of compulsory details and documentation you need to provide with your application. All documents should be scanned and of high quality.

  1. Residency: Passport, birth certificate, Australian Permanent Resident Visa or Temporary/Overseas Resident Visa

    Australian Citizens or Australian Permanent Residents will need to declare and upload evidence of your Citizenship or Australian Permanent Residency and supply supporting documentation in the Supporting Documents category 'Visa Details'.

    Temporary Residents or Overseas Residents, will need to declare and upload evidence of Visa Type and supply supporting documentation in the Supporting Documents category 'Visa Details'.

  2. Evidence of English language test (Temporary Residents or Overseas Residents only)

    Applicants who are not Australian Citizens or Australian Permanent Residents must provide evidence of successful completion of a test which meets the NMBA English Language Skills Registration Standard. Evidence of successful completion of the English language test must be uploaded in the Supporting Documents under category 'Visa Details'.

  3. Current NMBA registration status

    Indicate all current NMBA registrations. For example, you may select both Enrolled Nurse (EN) and Registered Nurse (RN), or Registered Nurse (RN) and Registered Midwife (RM). Provide your registration number(s) as stated on your registration letter(s).

    If you are currently a student, please provide an indication of the date when you expect to be eligible for full registration with NMBA. Students do not need to provide their Student Registration number.

  4. Preferences

    Indicate which program you are applying for: Enrolled Nurse, Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife or Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife Dual Program. Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife Dual Program is available through Royal Darwin Hospital only. This program will provide both nursing and midwifery clinical rotations.

    Site preferences: If you wish to be considered for more than one site please indicate your site preferences.

  5. Qualifications and Academic Transcript(s)

    Provide details on your current nursing/midwifery qualification, including your education provider name in full. E.g. ‘Charles Darwin University’ not ‘CDU’.

    Upload your Academic Transcript(s) (must clearly state GPA/WAM score, include education provider logo and results legend) in the Supporting Documents category ‘Qualifications’.

    Please detail any other relevant qualification(s) on your resume. Provide details including the country in which you studied, study dates and name of the education provider.  Upload evidence for any other relevant qualification(s) you hold in the Supporting Documents category ‘Qualifications’.

  6. Cover letter (one page summary)

    Cover letters should be addressed to the selection panel. Applicants are not required to address each of the selection criteria individually; however your one page cover letter should provide detail on your ability to meet the selection criteria. The selection criteria are listed on the Job Description for your information.

  7. Resume

    Your resume should include the following:

    • Personal details
    • Education and relevant qualifications
    • Clinical placements – provide details of all clinical placements including: the institution, period of placement and clinical specialty.
    • Relevant employment history
    • Membership in professional organisations
    • Continuing education
    • Publications/presentations
    • Referee detail

  8. Two (2) most recent relevant clinical placement progress reports

    Provide details of relevant clinical placements: include institution, period of placement and clinical area name and specialty. Preferably, supply two (2) third-year clinical placement progress reports or one (1) second-year and one (1) third-year clinical placement progress report.

    Upload clinical placement progress reports from your two most recent relevant clinical placements in the Supporting Documents category 'Other’.

  9. Two (2) clinical Referee's Reports
  10. The referee report is a joint responsibility between the applicant and the referee. The applicant nominates two (2) suitable referees, lists their details on the application form and provides the referees with the 2019-20 Referee Report template. Applicants should select referees from two separate placements. Each referee will be required to complete the referee report form and return it to the applicant for submission.

    Upload your Referees’ Reports in the Supporting Documents category ‘Referee’.

    Referees must meet all of the following criteria to be considered suitable:

  • Registered nurse or registered midwife with a current practising certificate
  • Have supervised the applicant in a recent relevant clinical practice setting
  • Able to comment on the applicant’s ability to meet the NMBA Standards for Practice during a recent relevant clinical placement
  • Not have a real or perceived conflict of interest (for example, family, friend

If you are successful and offered a position in the NT Graduate Nurse/Midwife Program, you will be required to provide additional documentation. For example, Current NT Working with Children Card (Ochre Card), National Criminal History Record Check,

We will notify all applicants of the outcome of their application within 6 to 8 weeks of the closing date via formal email. Please ensure that your contact details remain up to date on your application.

Information session

Graduate Nurse and Midwife Educators from Royal Darwin Hospital will deliver an information session aimed at providing interested applicants with information on NT Health, the Graduate Programs and the application process for the programs.

Attending the information session does not require pre-registration.

Date:   Friday 14 June 2019, 2pm-4pm

Venue: RDH Auditorium 1, Ground Floor Royal Darwin Hospital

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Please note that it is not a requirement of the application process to attend this session and attendance will not impact on your eligibility to apply for the Graduate Nurse and Midwife Programs online.


Chief Nursing and Midwifery Office
Phone: 1800 000 648

Last updated: 07 December 2019

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