To apply for a graduate position with us, you must apply through our graduate portal. The dates for 2025 will be advised soon, please monitor this webpage for updates.

We recommend you prepare all the documents you’ll need in advance so you’re ready to submit them through the portal when it opens.

The recruitment process can take between 2 to 3 months and if you don’t complete all the necessary paperwork, there can be delays.

To be eligible for the graduate program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • hold Australian citizenship, Australian permanent residency, New Zealand citizenship (with a subclass 444 Special Category Visa or right to be granted), or a visa with non-employer sponsored work right.
  • be eligible for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), including all necessary documentation and identity checks.
  • graduated within the past 2 years (domestically or internationally) from your first undergraduate nursing degree, midwifery degree, or graduate-entry Master of Nursing or Master of Midwifery. That is, between July 2022 to July 2024, or be due to complete your qualification by December 2024.
  • At the time of application submission, you haven’t worked as a registered nurse (if applying for a nursing position) or a midwife (if applying for a midwifery position) for more than 960 hours (equivalent to 6 months full-time) since qualifying in the relevant qualification.

*If you are working as a registered nurse in a non-government residential aged care facility, general practice, disability service or other community health organisation, you can work up to 1,976 (equivalent to 1 year full-time).

If you applied in the previous recruitment campaign and meet the above criteria, you're still eligible.

Information you’ll need to apply

You’ll need to know the following to complete your application:

  • your QH ID (payroll) number if you already work for us
  • your visa type if you’re not an Australian Citizen or New Zealand Citizen, and your Passport Document Number
  • your Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) registration ID number if you have registration with them
  • your education, clinical placement, and employment history
  • your unique student identifier (USI).

You’ll also need an email address that you can access for at least the next year. We recommend you use your personal email instead of your student email as you may lose access when you stop studying. Remember to regularly check your junk folder in case the emails go there.

Completing the application

Completing the application form will take about 1 hour in total, if you have prepared before hand.

The application will close at 23:59 (11:59PM) on Sunday 4 August 2024.

NOTE: This is an automatic close and therefore, if you have not submitted your application before this time, you will not be able to submit your application. NO late applications will be accepted.

Referee Reports

This year the Registered Nursing and Midwifery Graduate Program was planning to use online referee reports. This will not procced and you will be required to upload two referee reports using this template:

Referee Report Template

Download the Referee Report Template [PDF 769 kB]

Please note, if you have already had a referee report completed using last year’s template, this will be accepted.

Referee 1 – must be a Clinical Supervisor

Referee 2 – can be an employment line manager, a volunteer supervisor or a second Clinical Supervisor

Clinical Supervisor means someone who has direct knowledge of your clinical practice and can speak about your clinical practice from experience. Typically this includes:

  • Clinical facilitators
  • Nurse Unit Managers
  • Nurse Educators

Clinical Supervisors with recent knowledge of your clinical practice are preferred.

Please make sure you prepare early. If you need to gather other information, you can 'save and continue later'.

Do not leave your application to the last few days, plan to start and complete your application early.

Education, clinical placement and employment history

The application will include an online resume section. This is to make sure we have your history captured in a standard format. To complete this section, you’ll need to include information about your education, clinical placements and employment.

You’ll need to include information about your principal midwifery or nursing qualification. You can also add related nursing or midwifery qualifications and any other relevant qualifications, these can be non-clinical qualifications.

For each qualification, you’ll need to provide the name of the University or other institute issuing the qualification and your Grade Point Average (GPA).

You’ll also need to list the clinical placements you did for each year of your study. When you do, include how many weeks you were placed and the clinical type, for example unit, ward or service.

In addition, you’ll need to list your current or most recent work or volunteer history. When you do, include the name of the organisation, the nature of work and your commencement and end dates.

Other things to consider

Work out your availability to start work, taking into account the time you need to get AHPRA registration and any personal commitments you have.

Once the graduate portal is closed, you won't be able to make changes or edit your application. However, you can email the Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer about any changes at NursingMidwifery-GraduateEnquiries@health.qld.gov.au, they’ll make a note on your application.

There'll also be a section for your cover letter. Your cover letter is essential to the application process and you must upload one with your application.

It should be one A4 page in length and outline your motivations for applying for the role, your passion for the profession and what you'll bring to the team.  Your cover letter can be addressed in a generic manner, i.e. “To whom it may concern”. In some cases, your application will be viewed by more than one HHS. However, the focus and context of your cover letter, should be on your first preference HHS.

Watch our Prepare to Succeed webinar for more information about preparing your cover letter.

If you are accepted into the graduate program, you will be employed by Queensland Health and are required to fulfil functions as outlined in the Graduate Registered Nurse [PDF 794.14 KB] or Graduate Midwife Generic [PDF 853.28 KB] role descriptions. Read the role description as it will help you decide if the program is suitable.

Choosing your preferences

Choosing a Hospital and Health Service (HHS) or Rural and Remote Pathway (RRP)

Group A has HHSs that are in remote, rural or regional locations. If you live in these areas and want to work for one of these HHSs, you only need to provide one preference. You can provide up to 6 HHS or RRP preferences if you want.

Group B contains HHS and RRPs. Some of the HHSs in Group B receive significant number of applications compared to Group A. These HHSs are typically in metropolitan or large regional centres. HHSs in Groups A and B will be stated at the time of application. RRP opportunities are a two year program where the second year may be undertaken in a different HHS or facility location.

Group A

  • Central Queensland HHS
  • Central West HHS
  • Mackay HHS
  • North West HHS
  • South West HHS

Group B

  • Cairns and Hinterland HHS
  • Children’s Health Queensland HHS
  • Darling Downs HHS
  • Gold Coast HHS
  • Metro North HHS
  • Metro South HHS
  • Rural and Remote Pathway - Central Cluster
  • Rural and Remote Pathway - Northern Cluster
  • Rural and Remote Pathway - Southern Cluster
  • Sunshine Coast HHS
  • Torres and Cape HHS
  • Townsville HHS
  • West Moreton HHS
  • Wide Bay HHS

You have 3 options for your application:

  1. If your first preference is a HHS in Group A, you aren’t required to provide any other preferences. You can provide up to 6 HHSs and/or Rural and Remote Pathway preferences if you want.
  2. If your first preference is a HHS or Rural and Remote Pathway in Group B, you must provide a second preference. If your second preference is a HHS in Group A, you aren’t required to provide any other preferences. You can provide up to 6 HHSs and/or Rural and Remote Pathway preferences if you want.
  3. If your first 2 HHS preferences are from Group B, you must provide a third preference. You can provide up to 6 HHS and/or Rural and Remote Pathway preferences if you want.

For each HHS selected, you must select at least one facility (hospital or other healthcare delivery location), but you can select up to three.

Choosing clinical preferences

You must select at least two clinical speciality areas, however, you can select up to 6. Selecting more clinical specialities provides HHSs with greater flexibility when considering your application.

Clinical Specialities

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Ambulatory Care (i.e. outpatients)
  • Cardiac
  • Care of the older person (gerontic)
  • Ear nose and throat (ENT)
  • Emergency (ED)
  • Gastroenterological care
  • Intensive/critical care
  • Medical
  • Mental health
  • Neonatal
  • Neurological
  • Offender health care
  • Oncology/haematology
  • Oral Health
  • Orthopaedic
  • Paediatric care
  • Palliative care
  • Peri operative care
  • Primary and community health care
  • Procedural areas/interventional suites
  • Rehabilitation
  • Renal care
  • Residential Aged Care
  • Rural and remote area nursing
  • Surgical care

Preferencing midwifery

Midwifery isn’t considered a clinical preference because it’s a separate profession to nursing. If you have dual qualifications, you will need to make a choice between midwifery or nursing. If you want to work in a rural and remote location and work across both professions, you can discuss this with the HHS at interview.

You will be asked to select, in order of preference, the midwifery model of care you would prefer to work in. Queensland Health options include;

  • Midwifery Group Practice or Continuity of Midwifery Care Model
  • Rotational shifts across all areas of midwifery practice, or
  • Work in one specific area of midwifery practice (e.g., postnatal ward).

Documents you’ll need to provide

You’ll need to upload the following documents and evidence with your application. These documents DO NOT need to be certified and you ARE NOT required to upload any photo ID:

  • a cover letter
  • a PDF copy of your academic transcript – if you haven’t graduated you can upload an unofficial one
  • Referee Report 1 – must be a clinical supervisor
  • Referee Report 2 – must be an employment line manager, a volunteer supervisor or a second clinical supervisor

Vaccine Preventable Diseases

To help protect our patients, staff, and the wider community, QLD Health has specified 6 vaccine preventable diseases.

As a registered nurse or a midwife, you will be required to demonstrate you are vaccinated, and to be offered employment, your vaccination status must be at the required level for employment offer.

In this year’s application, you will be required to provide a self-assessed status for vaccine preventable diseases

Find out more.

Modifying your application

You can save your application and return to it later to continue or modify the application.

Once you submit your application, it cannot be modified. If you have made an error and want to correct this, you will need to:

  1. withdraw your application on the application portal
  2. click into your withdrawn application and scroll to the bottom of the first page
  3. click on ‘delete’ to remove your application
  4. use the ‘Apply now’ button on the home page to access the application portal again
  5. resubmit your application with the correct information.

More information

If you have any questions about the program or applying, email the Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer at nursingmidwifery-graduateenquiries@health.qld.gov.au. If there are a high number of enquiries, it may take some time for us to get back to you.

You can also contact the HHS you’ve preferenced. You can find their details on our key dates and contacts page.


We use interviews to understand your motivation to become a registered nurse or midwife, your passion for the profession and your current knowledge and interests.

For more information about the interview process, watch our webinar session Prepare to Succeed: The interview.

Other nursing and midwifery career opportunities

If you’re not eligible or don’t gain entry to the graduate program, there are still many opportunities to work in Queensland Health. We regularly advertise these opportunities on Smart Jobs, and we recommend you set up an account and activate an alert for roles that interest you.

Last updated: May 2024