MidStart is an annual state-wide recruitment process for registered nurses who want to be employed as midwifery students in NSW public hospitals while studying a Graduate Diploma in Midwifery.

If you're a registered nurse, the MidStart process employs you in a dedicated midwifery student position in a NSW public maternity service at the same time as you're enrolled in a recognised postgraduate university program at one of three NSW universities.

MidStart recruitment happens every year between May and September for all training positions starting the following year.

NSW Health 2021 MidStart recruitment has now closed

Read the handbook - 2021 MidStart Handbook


The 2021 MidStart Handbook has everything you need to know about the midwifery profession, the MidStart application and recruitment process. Download a copy of the handbook to review and assist you with your application.


You can apply for MidStart if you are:

  • an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident (New Zealand citizens residing in Australia who hold a current Special Category Visa are considered to have permanent resident status)
  • a Registered Nurse (Division 1) with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia at the time of application


University enrolment to undertake midwifery studies is a separate process to MidStart. Enrolment procedures and timelines vary between the three NSW universities who offer an approved postgraduate midwifery program.

Please visit their respective websites for key dates and further information:

How to apply

You can apply through the MidStart Career portal. When applications are received, Local Health Districts/Specialty Networks (LHDs/SNs) and hospitals select and employ midwifery students.

NSW Health 2021 MidStart recruitment has now closed.

Watch the video below to learn how to apply:

Edit application

After submitting, you can edit your online application as many times as you like while the applications are open. Once applications close you will no longer have access to your application.

Further information

For more information refer to the MidStart Handbook and Frequently Asked Questions.

For eligibility enquiries email MOH-Midwifery@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).

Use the link below for employment enquiries such as training locations, intakes and interview information. You can explore individual career pages or contact LHDs/SNs directly.

Current as at: Monday 7 December 2020
Contact page owner: Nursing and Midwifery