NSW Health Nursing and Midwifery Office coordinates recruitment for graduate​ nurses and midwives. NSW Health Local Health Districts and Specialty Networks (LHDs/SNs) recruit to their health facilities through the GradStart process.

2021 GradStart recruitment

Important update 23rd April 2020: Due to the COVID- 19 Pandemic, the timeline of the 2021 GradStart recruitment period has been extended. As a result, key dates and some information has changed. The GradStart Handbook has been updated and can be found here. Please be sure to download handbook edition April 2020, Version 2.0, discarding any prior downloaded or printed versions. Please check this website regularly for updates.

Applications for the NSW Health 2021 GradStart recruitment will open at 9am Wednesday 24th June 2020 and close at 4pm Monday 13th July 2020. 

Am I eligible to apply?

 To be eligible to apply to 2021 GradStart you must:

  • Complete your nursing or midwifery degree between 1st June 2020 and 31st May 2021.
  • Meet all the requirements to become a registered nurse or registered midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) ​prior to the agreed date of your employment commencing. **
  • 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.

For further information go to the NBMA registration process

Check your eligibility to apply to 2021 GradStart by completing the following survey

The  2021 GradStart Handbook provides detailed information on the application and recruitment process for graduate nursing and midwifery positions in NSW Health. Applicants are encouraged to download a copy of the handbook to review and assist with their application.



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For all employment related enquiries such as specific health facilities, specialty programs, intake dates, interview information/location, please contact the relevant LHD/SN GradStart Coordinators



How to apply to Gradstart

Applicants apply through a centralised application process. The recruitment, selection and employment of graduates is undertaken by local health districts/service networks (LHDs/SNs) and hospitals.

Applications for the NSW Health 2021 GradStart recruitment will open at 9am Wednesday 24th June 2020 and close at 4pm Monday 13th July 2020. 

To learn more about how to apply for a position, please refer to the below video.

Edit application

You can edit your online application after submission as many times as you like until applications close at 4pm Monday 13th July 2020. Once applications close you will no longer have access to your application.

Honours students

Students who elect to continue in an Honours Program in 2021, are eligible to apply to GradStart in 2022.

Students who elect to continue in an Honours Program after applying to GradStart 2021, must withdraw from GradStart recruitment prior to interview to remain eligible for GradStart in 2022.

For more information

Please check the Handbook first and refer to the FAQs on page 18.

For technical assistance when applications open please contact Customer Service on 1300 679 367 (Option 3).

Other general enquiries email the Nursing & Midwifery Office or call 1800 330 933.​​

Page Updated: Thursday 23 April 2020
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