Early Graduate Program team


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Graduate Programs

Early Graduate Program - General Nursing

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Austin Health recruits between 105-130 graduate nurses into the Early Graduate Program (EGP) each year.

Graduate nurses participate in a well-structured and highly supportive program that offers many learning and development opportunities across the three sites of Austin Health.

The nursing education team and clinical nurses strive to achieve best practice clinical learning environments and best patient experiences.

A consistently high retention rate for 15 years (over 90%) and 100% PMCV computer match is a reflection of the popularity and success of our program.

Austin Health also offers a Mental Health Early Graduate Program

Jane Warneke
Coordinator, Early Graduate Program
Ph 03 9496 4750


The program offers:

  • Dedicated EGP Clinical Support Nurse team and Coordinator
  • Two - six month clinical rotations (one acute or specialty guaranteed)
  • Comprehensive Orientation Program
  • Dedicated supernumerary days for each rotation
  • Paid study days
  • Ward-based educators and preceptors
  • Certificate of completion
  • Permanent positions following graduate year
  • Access to a large range of educational programs and postgraduate study following graduate year
  • 54 week contract of employment at Part-Time 32 hours per week.

Other benefits Include:

  • Physical wellbeing support - including EAP and wellness programs
  • Financial wellbeing support - including Salary Packaging options
  • Personal email account
  • Secure and subsidised staff car parking
  • Bike storage on-site
  • Staff discounts with many local businesses,
  • Close proximity to train, buses and Heidelberg shopping precinct.


Closing the Gap

Austin Health is committed to achieving equality in health status between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-indigenous Australians

Austin Health is a member of the Victorian Aboriginal Graduate and Cadetship Network and encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

See our Aboriginal Employment page for more information.

There is a direct application process for ATSI applicants. Please contact:

Jane Warneke
Coordinator, Early Graduate Program
Ph 03 9496 4750


2019 Intake Dates


Austin Health at ACN Expo

Discover how to begin your Nursing Career at Austin Health, join us at the Nursing Expo and meet members of our education team as well as past and present graduates.


Booths 36 and 37

Time:   8.30 am to 1.30 pm

 Date:   Saturday 28th April 2018


Venue: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre



Open Day and Information Sessions

Bookings are essential 

Dates: TBA


Venue: John Lindell Lecture Theatre

 Level 4

              Harold Stokes Building

 Austin Hospital

145 Studley Road

 Heidelberg  Vic  3084


 Parking: Austin Tower Car Park, entrance via Studley Road.  Parking fees apply.


Position Description

How to apply


Austin Health recruits all graduates to the General EGP through the PMCV computer match process. All applicants must be eligible and registered for PMCV 

Register for PMCV Computer Match from Monday 4th June 2018

Complete your online application to Austin Health from Monday 11th June 2018


Your application to Austin Health must include:

  • One-page cover letter outlining your reasons for applying to Austin Health.
  • Concise CV (of no more than three pages) with relevant employment experience and dates of clinical placements.
  • Current contact details (phone and email) of two professional clinical nursing referees. Referees must have supervised you on clinical placement (3rd Year referee required)
  • Two most recent clinical appraisals (one acute). Include cover page with placement location and dates. Maximum 10 pages per appraisal.
  • Most recent official transcript of academic results with code.

All photocopied documents must be certified by a JP or verified by university stamp.

Please check that all your documents have been successfully uploaded.

Once your online application is complete you must click 'submit'.  

Enquiries to


Jane Warneke

Coordinator, Early Graduate Program

telephone - 9496 4750

email jane.warneke@austin.org.au







Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How many study days are provided?

We provide a minimum of six study days including orientation. These are tailored to meet the specific learning needs of graduate nurses.

Most graduates also attend extra clinical study days specific to their clinical areas.


What are my chances of getting one of my preferred clinical rotations?

We do consider your preferences when rostering rotations. Traditionally there are some wards that are very popular and demand is high for these positions. It is our priority is to ensure each graduate receives the best clinical development by rotating across two distinct clinical areas such as: acute/subacute/medical/surgical/specialty.


What are my chances If I am an interstate applicant?

Austin Health gives preference to Victorian applicants in the first instance. 


Do you offer placements in specialty areas?

Yes - Austin Health has a wide variety of specialty areas across the three sites.

  • Emergency Department
  • Paediatrics
  • Liver Transplant Unit
  • Victorian Weaning Unit
  • Victorian Spinal Cord Service
  • Aquired Brain Injury Unit


How will I know if I am shortlisted for an Interview and when are they held?

Interviews are conducted at the beginning of August. You will be notified by email if you have been successful in gaining an interview.

Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified.


When will I find out if my application is successful?

PMCV conduct the computer matching service which places graduate nurses with hospitals. PMCV is yet to confirm the release date for results. If you have been successful in getting at position at Austin Health a member of the EGP team will ring you on the day the results are released.


Who can certify my copied documents?

Documents can be certified by:

  • Justice of Peace.
  • Police Station
  • Pharmacist

It is recommended to make multiple copies as they will be required for your interviews.


What does a Clinical Support Nurse (CSN) do?

The CSN team are very experienced, expert senior nurse clinicians. Their role is to provide direct support and supervision to the graduate nurse in the clinical environment. They liaise closely with ward nurses, preceptors, educators and Nurse Unit Managers, they oversee the completion of the EGP mandatory requirements and offer counselling, debriefing and advice as needed.  The CSN team implement strategies and goals to ensure safe practice.


I have never done a clinical placement at Austin Health - will this affect my chances of getting in to your program?

No - we understand that students don't usually get to choose where they undertake their clinical placements. We welcome the diversity of students from different Universities in Victoria.


What should I do if I can't get my official transcript or other documents by the closing date?

If you do not have a particular document when submitting your application, please indicate this in your cover letter and attach a word document with a statement explaining that you “Will submit when available”.

All required documents must be either original or certified.

Organise your documents in advance.


I am an International student and am not eligible to register through computer match.

Can I still apply?

Austin Health recruits through the Computer Match process and has achieved 100% match for many years.  We only accept applicants that are eligible for computer match.

Should there be any positions available following computer match they will be advertised on the Austin careers website


What contract will I be offered if I am successful?

You will be offered a 54 week contract, at 4 days per week.

Austin Health endevours to offer employment to all graduates on successful completion of year.


What are my options when I have completed my Early Graduate Program?

You have a number of options once you have successfully completed the EGP:

  • Nurse Pool/Bank
  • Permanent Grade 2 Positions
  • Postgraduate programs 

Postgraduate Courses

Austin Health offers postgraduate course in a range of specialties.

  • Emergency
  • Intensive Care
  • Cardiac
  • Renal
  • Surgical
  • Ortho/Plastics
  • Cancer
  • Spinal
  • Rehab