MidStart is a state-wide recruitment process for registered nurses seeking employment as a midwifery student in a NSW public hospital. To become a midwife utilising the MidStart process registered nurses are enrolled in a recognised postgraduate university program at one of three NSW universities while being concurrently employed in a dedicated midwifery student position in a NSW public maternity service.

MidStart recruitment is undertaken annually between May and September for all training positions commencing the following year.

2021 MidStart recruitment

Important update 14th April 2020: In view of the COVID-19 pandemic the Nursing and Midwifery Office has reviewed the timeline for the MidStart 2021 campaign. There are no changes to the timeline or the 2021 MidStart Handbook.

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

Am I eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply for MidStart you must be:

  • 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.


Read the handbook - 2021 MidStart Handbook 2021 MidStart Handbook

The 2021 MidStart Handbook is designed to provide information about the midwifery profession and assist registered nurses in the application and recruitment process for MidStart. Applicants are encouraged to download a copy of the handbook to review and assist with their application.

Midwifery training locations (employers)

Contacts and links

It is important you carefully consider the hospital where you wish to apply for a midwifery student position, as well as where you would like to undertake your university studies. Information about employers including locations and other relevant information can be found with individual Midstart employers.


University enrolment to undertake midwifery studies is a seperate 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

Applicants apply through a centralised application process. The recruitment, selection and employment of students is undertaken by local health districts/specialty networks and hospitals.
Applications for the NSW Health 2021 MidStart recruitment has now closed.

Learn more about how to apply for a position in the video below:

Edit application

You can edit your online application after submission as many times as you like until applications close at 4pm on Wednesday 10th June 2020. Once applications close you will no longer have access to your application.

For more information

Please check the Handbook first and refer to the FAQs.

For technical assistance please contact customer service 1300 679 367 (Option 3).

For other general enquiries please email Nursing & Midwifery Office or call 1800 330 933.

Current as at: Wednesday 24 June 2020
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