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


You can apply to 2023 GradStart if you:

  • are completing your nursing or midwifery degree between 1 June 2022 and 31 May 2023*
  • 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.

Check your eligibility

2023 recruitment

Applications for the NSW Health 2023 GradStart recruitment open 9am 22 June and close 4pm 6 July 2022.

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

 How to applyRecruitment process

Contacts and links

2022 GradStart HandbookGradStart Handbook 2023

Jacqui Cross, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer2023 GradStart application and recruitment videos

GradStart Handbook

The 2023 GradStart Handbook 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.


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.

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

Current as at: Thursday 19 May 2022
Contact page owner: Nursing and Midwifery