Graduate nurse and midwife programs

The Northern Territory (NT) Graduate Nurse and Midwife Programs will provide you with a broad range of experience and specialist opportunities, providing excellent cross-cultural experience and support as you develop your nursing and midwifery skills and knowledge.

Territory nurses and midwives have opportunities unlike any others in Australia. NT Health offers unique experiences in a wide variety of clinically diverse settings including major teaching and smaller regional hospitals, home birthing, community health, aged care, 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 and midwifery experience. Aboriginal people make up 30 percent of the Territory's population. NT nurses and midwives tell us that above all else, the experience of working with Indigenous clients and the chance to be a part of improved client outcomes provides challenges and enormous professional satisfaction.

When to apply

Applications for the 2017-18 Graduate Nurse and Midwife Programs are now closed. Applications for the 2018-19 Graduate Nurse and Midwife Programs will open during May 2018.

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

The following nurses, midwives and students can apply to work in the graduate program:

  • registered nurses, registered midwives, dual degree registered nurses/midwives and enrolled nurses who have graduated from an ANMAC approved course within the previous 24 months.
  • nursing and midwifery students in their final year who will graduate in the next 12 months from an ANMAC approved course.

Australian nursing and midwifery courses are approved by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).

Where you can work

The NT Graduate Nurse and Midwife Program takes place through the following hospitals:

  • Royal Darwin Hospital
  • Alice Springs Hospital
  • Katherine Hospital.

A small number of nursing rotations may also be available at:

  • Gove District Hospital
  • Tennant Creek Hospital
  • aged care facilities
  • community health centres.

Program structure

The programs are run over 12 months, with each site having a number of different intake dates. You may be allocated one, two or three rotations during the 12 months, depending on the hospital and clinical employment area.

Nursing placement areas include medical, surgical and specialty areas such as:

  • intensive care
  • operating theatres
  • special care nursery
  • renal dialysis
  • mental health services.

There are also clinical placements available outside the hospitals, such as aged care and community health centres.

Midwifery placement areas include:

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

Employment is mostly offered as a part-time contract (32 hours per week), however Alice Springs Hospital starts graduate nurses on full-time contracts, unless part-time is requested.

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

The program includes a number of study days covering topics such as physical assessment, paediatric care, chronic diseases and preceptorship. Debriefing sessions and case study presentations are also included in the program.


The Graduate Nurse and Midwife Programs are structured to provide support, guidance and education to facilitate your learning experiences and transition to practice as a newly registered nurse or midwife, or enrolled nurse. Support personnel include a combination of preceptors, clinical educators, experienced nurses and midwives, and clinical coaches.

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

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How to apply

Applications for the 2017-18 Graduate Nurse and Midwife Programs are now closed. Applications for the 2018-19 Graduate Nurse and Midwife Programs will open during May 2018.

Please note all applications and supporting documents must be submitted online – mailed, faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted.

Information session for local Darwin residents

Graduate nurse and midwife educators from Royal Darwin Hospital will deliver a one-off Graduate Programs Information Session aimed at providing local residents with information on the application process and the programs.

Attending the information session is free and does not require pre-registration.

Date: To be advised in May 2018
Venue: Auditorium 2, Lower Ground, Royal Darwin Hospital, Rocklands Drive, Tiwi

If you are unable to attend this information session, it will not affect your ability to apply for the NT Graduate Nurse/Midwife Programs online. All relevant information will also be provided on this webpage.


Nursing and Midwifery Services
Phone: 1800 000 648

Last updated: 28 November 2017