Graduate midwife program

A graduate year in the Northern Territory (NT) will give you the opportunity to start your midwifery career in a unique and clinically diverse setting. 

The NT Graduate Midwifery Program will provide you with a broad range of experience in a variety of settings, including major teaching and smaller regional hospitals, home birthing, community health and working in remote Aboriginal communities.

Working with Aboriginal people, treating their diverse clinical needs and sharing their culture, is the stand-out feature of the Territory nursing experience.

When to apply

Applications for the 2018 Graduate Midwife Program open in May 2017.

The application process is highly competitive. The NT Department of Health uses a merit-based selection process and priority categories to ensure that NT Health Services are able to recruit both the best graduates and a sustainable local workforce into the future.

Who can apply

Registered Midwives who have graduated from an Australian (ANMAC-approved) midwifery course within the previous 24 months and wish to undertake their graduate year in the NT are eligible to apply. 

Midwifery students in their final year who will graduate in the next 12 months should also apply.

Those with a dual degree in nursing and midwifery should apply to the Graduate Nurse Program to undertake a dual Graduate Nurse and Midwife Program.

Where you can work

The Northern Territory Graduate Midwife Program employs midwives at Alice Springs Hospital, Katherine Hospital and the Royal Darwin Hospital. The program includes rotations through all areas of the Maternity Units.

Program Structure

The program is run over 12 months and each site has a number of intake dates in early 2018. 

You may be allocated up to three rotations during the 12 months depending on the hospital and clinical area in which you are employed.

Work placements are in these areas:

  • antenatal
  • birthing
  • postnatal and domiciliary care
  • Midwifery Group Practice and Neonatal Units.

Employment is offered as a part-time contract (32 hours per week). Alice Springs Hospital starts graduate midwives on full-time contracts, unless they request part-time.

All new employees within the Department of Health participate in a comprehensive orientation and induction program, including Aboriginal cultural awareness training. 

Study days,debriefing sessions and presentation of case studies are also included in the program.


The Graduate Midwife Program is structured to provide support, guidance and education to facilitate your learning experiences and transition to practice as a newly registered or enrolled nurse.  

Support personnel include a combination of preceptors, clinical educators, experienced nurses and clinical coaches.

On completion of the program midwives receive a certificate to validate participation in the formal transition to practice program.

How to apply

Apply for the Graduate Midwife Program through the NT Government's Employment Opportunities Online website. Hard copy, faxed or email applications cannot be accepted.

Employment after the program

The Graduate Midwife Program is an essential element of our recruitment and retention strategy. 

An offer of ongoing employment will depend upon your clinical and professional performance during the Graduate Midwife Program and if there are any staffing vacancies when you complete the program.

Last updated: 23 December 2016