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.

2023 recruitment now closed

Applications for the NSW Health 2023 GradStart recruitment closed 4pm 6 July 2022. Late applications will not be accepted.

The 2023 GradStart Handbook has everything you need to know about the GradStart application and recruitment process.


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.

When applying to GradStart, you can choose to start your career in rural NSW

Working in rural or regional NSW has many personal and professional benefits:

  • become part of a small community
  • enjoy a slower pace of life
  • reduce your commute time
  • gain more hands-on experience
  • broaden your skills.

Imagine a career in rural or regional NSW

Contacts and links

GradStart Handbook

The GradStart Handbook 2023 is filled with useful information to help you navigate the application process.

Video series

We have 4 short videos to support you through the application and recruitment process. Watch the 2023 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.

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

Learn why Holly chose to do GradStart as a registered nurse in Dubbo (Western NSW LHD)


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 contact a LHD/SN GradStart Coordinator.

Current as at: Wednesday 6 July 2022
Contact page owner: Nursing and Midwifery