2021 GradStart recruitment

Important updates

12 July 2020 - For applications where information is pre-populated

A small number of candidates applying to GradStart may have already applied and withdrawn in the previous year. Information provided in last year's application may have pre-populated into this year's application. If this occurs, review your application carefully. Please check that this year's application reflects your current demonstrated knowledge and skills when responding to selection criteria. Also check that the preferences listed in your application are current - you may wish to update them.

15 June 2020 - New link to policy directive about immunisation compliance

Please note the policy directive 'Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specific Infectious Diseases PD2018_009' that is referred to in the GradStart Handbook p. 6, has recently been reviewed and updated to PD2020_017.

5 June 2020 - More information about referees

Guidance around identifying clinical referees for your GradStart application is provided on page 6 of the 2021 GradStart Handbook.

The clinical referee is someone who normally works with you in a supervisory capacity, such as a manager, clinical nurse/midwifery consultant, educator or facilitator.

If any of the above are not options, it is preferable that your identified clinical referee would be a clinical nurse/midwifery specialist or a senior member of staff who has experience working with others in a supervisory capacity and with students.

There is no time limit on when you last worked with the identified referee, so consider previous clinical placements. It is also important to remember that you may update information related to your identified referees at time of interview.

Applications for the NSW Health 2021 GradStart recruitment has now closed.

GradStart is the recruitment process for graduate nurses and midwives to NSW Health Local Health Districts and Specialty Networks (LHDs/SNs) health facilities. It's coordinated by NSW Health Nursing and Midwifery Office.

2021 GradStart Handbook


The 2021 GradStart Handbook has everything you need to know about the GradStart application and recruitment process. Download a copy to review and assist you with your application.




 You can apply to 2021 GradStart if you:

  • complete your nursing or midwifery degree between 1 June 2020 and 31 May 2021. *
  • 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.

Visit the NBMA registration process for more information.  

Applying to GradStart

You apply to GradStart through the GradStart Career Portal Once applications are received, Local Health Districts/Specialty Networks (LHDs/SNs) and hospitals will select and employ graduates.

Applications for the NSW Health 2021 GradStart recruitment have now closed.​​

Watch the video below to learn more about how to apply.


Edit application

After submitting, you can edit your online application as many times as you like until applications close. You won't be able to access your application once they are closed.

Further information

For more information refer to the GradStart Handbook and Frequently Asked Questions

For eligibility enquiries email MOH-GradStart@health.nsw.gov.au or call 1800 330 933

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


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Current as at: Tuesday 8 December 2020
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