Graduate nurse and midwife programs

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

Working in the Territory offers graduates opportunities like no other in Australia. Aboriginal people make up 30 percent of the Territory’s population and through your work, you will gain experience in treating diverse clinical needs and share their rich culture.

NT nurses and midwives highly value the experience of working with Aboriginal clients and the opportunity to contribute to improving client outcomes. NT Health offers unique experiences in a wide variety of clinically diverse settings including major teaching and smaller regional hospitals, critical care, community health, aged care, and remote area nursing/midwifery.

Applications for the 2018-19 Graduate Nurse and Midwife Programs are now closed.  

Applications for future programs will open during 2019.

Read the Frequently Asked Questions for further information.


To be eligible to apply for the 2018-19 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 May 2016 and December 2018 and
  • 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. For further information on Special Measures, please visit the Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment website.

NT Health is seeking to ensure that we have both the best graduates and a sustainable local workforce into the future.  As such local applicants deemed suitable through merits selection will be offered places on the program prior to other applicants. Interstate graduates who meet merit criteria will be offered places on the program once all eligible Aboriginal and local graduates have been offered places in the program. Other applicants who meet merit selection criteria are offered the remaining places.

Program structure

The Graduate Nurse and Midwife Programs run over a 12-month period. Commencement dates vary from late 2018 to mid-2019 depending on location.

The programs are designed to provide support and education to facilitate your transition into practice and allow for professional and personal development. The programs include debriefing sessions, case study presentations and a number of relevant professional development opportunities. You will have access to support through clinical educators, experienced nurses and midwives and clinical coaches.

Nursing graduates are generally allocated two six-month clinical rotations, with the exception of some hospital and clinical areas, which have 12-month specialty clinical rotations. Midwifery graduates are generally allocated three or four clinical rotations, depending on the hospital and clinical area.

Nursing clinical rotation areas 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 clinical rotations include areas such as:

  • antenatal
  • birthing
  • postnatal and domiciliary care
  • Midwifery Group Practice
  • neonatal units.

Employment is offered on full-time contracts (38 hours per week). Requests for part-time employment will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Once the program is complete, nurses and midwives receive a certificate to validate participation in the formal transition to practice program.

The Graduate Nurse and Midwife Programs are an essential element of our recruitment and retention strategy. To secure ongoing employment, you will be required to apply for available vacant positions and undergo a merit selection process, which will include consideration of your clinical and professional performance during the Graduate Program and the availability of a position upon program completion.


The NT Graduate Nurse and Midwife Programs take place at:

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

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.

How to apply

Applications for the 2018-19 Graduate Nurse and Midwife Programs are now closed.

Applications for future programs will open during 2019.

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: 22 May 2018, 1pm to 4pm

Venue: Auditorium, Menzies School of Health Research, John Mathews Building 58, Royal Darwin Hospital campus, corner of Nightingale and Paracelsus Road, Tiwi. View RDH map.

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: 11 October 2018