If you want to re-enter practice as a nurse or midwife, you have to complete one of the following Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) approved re-entry to practice pathways:

Pathway 1: A period of supervised practice

Pathway 2: Completion of a NMBA approved re-entry to nursing program

Our re-entry scholarships are linked to subsequent employment. You must commit to permanent full or part time employment (minimum 16 hours per week)  in the NSW public health system for two years after successfully completing your NMBA approved re-entry to practice pathway and getting full registration.

If you take Pathway 1, scholarships are available to local health districts/specialty networks (LHDs/SNs) to support your supervised practice. If the NMBA has allowed provisional registration (with conditions), you may be employed during this time.

In Pathway 2, you could get up to $10,000 to complete a re-entry to nursing program approved by the NMBA.

For more information on re-registration, visit the NMBA Re-entry to Practice Policy and the Framework for the assessment of nursing and midwifery applicants for re-entry to practice


if you want to apply, you must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • have a letter from the NMBA saying that you need to take an NMBA approved re-entry to practice pathway
  • have previous relevant clinical nursing experience
  • agree to employment in a permanent full or part time position in the NSW public health system for a period of two years (minimum 16 hours per week)
  • meet NSW Health pre-employment screening checks

The LHD/SN must also have a suitable position that's available and identified.


  • Once you have received a formal letter of advice from the NMBA regarding re-entry requirements, contact the nursing and midwifery workforce manager in the LHD/SN where you'd like to be employed to discuss employment opportunities.
  • If a suitable employment opportunity exists, and you agree to accept an offer of employment as per the conditions above, the LHD/SN will contact the Nursing and Midwifery Office to progress your application.

For more information contact the Nursing and Midwifery Office at the Ministry of Health on (02) 9391 9528 or via email at MOH-nurse@health.nsw.gov.au .​​

Current as at: Tuesday 8 December 2020
Contact page owner: Nursing and Midwifery