MidStart recruits registered nurses to work in a NSW public maternity service while completing postgraduate studies in midwifery at one of four NSW universities. It's coordinated by the Ministry of Health's Nursing and Midwifery Office.


You can apply to 2023 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.

Check your eligibility

University enrolment

University enrolment to undertake midwifery studies is a separate process to MidStart.

Enrolment procedures and timelines vary between the six NSW universities who offer an approved postgraduate midwifery program:

2023 recruitment

Applications for the NSW Health 2023 MidStart recruitment is now closed. Late applications cannot be accepted.

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

Contacts and links

2022 midStart HandbookMidStart Handbook 2023

MidStart Handbook

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

Choosing your training and study location

A range of employment options are available across facilities in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote settings. Some LHDs or hospitals may have partnerships with specific universities and training in rural hospitals may include rotation to larger facilities. Research your options in advance by visiting midwifery careers in each local health district.


For eligibility enquiries email MOH-Midwifery@health.nsw.gov.au 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 MidStart Coordinator.

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

Current as at: Thursday 9 March 2023
Contact page owner: Nursing and Midwifery