GradStart is the recruitment process for graduate nurses and midwives to NSW Health facilities in rural, regional and metropolitan NSW. It is coordinated by the Ministry of Health's Nursing and Midwifery Office.


You can apply to 2024 GradStart if you:

  • are completing your nursing or midwifery degree between 1 June 2023 and 31 May 2024*
  • will meet all the requirements to become a registered nurse or registered midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) before the agreed date that you'll start work**
  • hold Australian citizenship or hold a visa that allows ongoing full-time employment in Australia.

* completion means final result received that leads to initial registration as a Registered Nurse (RN) or Registered Midwife (RM)
** You can start your application for registration with the NMBA up to 6 weeks before completing your studies.

If you are in the final year of your nursing or midwifery degree – apply for GradStart. You can withdraw your application if your completion is delayed. You will not be able to apply for the 2025 GradStart program after applications have closed if you complete your studies earlier than anticipated.

Check your eligibility

2024 recruitment

Applications for the NSW Health 2024 GradStart recruitment open 9am 20 June and close 11:59pm 3 July 2023.

The 2024 GradStart Handbook has everything you need to know about the GradStart application and recruitment process.

How to apply

Contacts and links

GradStart Handbook

The GradStart Handbook 2024 is filled with useful information to help you navigate the application process.

Video series

We have four short videos to support you through the application and recruitment process. Watch the 2024 GradStart application and recruitment videos.

Choosing your preferred location

A vast range of employment options are available across more than 150 facilities in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote settings. Research your options in advance by visiting graduate careers in each local health district/specialty health network.


For eligibility enquiries email or call 1800 330 933.

For online application technical assistance, contact the Customer Experience Team on 1300 679 367 (Option 3).

For enquiries about training locations, intakes and interview information you can find information about each employer in GradStart employer contacts and links

Visit Imagine Rural to find out more about working in rural and regional NSW.

Current as at: Monday 27 March 2023
Contact page owner: Nursing and Midwifery