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Graduate Programs

About us

We recruit over 180 graduate nurses into our Graduate Nurse Program (GNP) each year. Our Graduate Nurse Program has three streams:

  • General stream
  • Mental Health stream
  • Combined General and Mental Health stream

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

We believe that graduate support and education is everyone’s business and this is the culture that we foster at Austin Health. The nursing education and ward teams strive to achieve best practice clinical learning environments for our graduate nurses, ensuring we deliver the best patient experiences.


Our program offers:

  • Dedicated Graduate Coordinator
  • Two rotations
  • Large variety of acute and specialty rotations
  • Opportunities to work in High Dependency Units
  • Part-time (4 days a week)
  • Permanent contracts
  • Comprehensive orientation program
  • Online learning
  • Structured reflective practice.

Other benefits

  • 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.

A safe and inclusive workplace

We are committed to supporting our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce, by providing an inclusive environment where all cultures are valued and respected. We have a number of initiatives in place to support this commitment.

As a member of the Victorian Aboriginal Graduate and Cadetship Network there is a direct application for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For more information please contact:

Jane Warneke

Graduate Coordinator


Tel: 9496 4750

General stream

Graduate nurses participate in a well-structured and highly supportive program that offers many learning and development opportunities. These include:

  • Two six month clinical rotations
  • One acute or specialty guaranteed
  • Minimum five paid study days
  • Dedicated supernumerary days for each rotation
  • Graduate education team, as well as ward-based educators
  • Permanent positions following graduate year
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Whole career opportunities.


Specialties offered to graduates:

  • Emergency Department
  • Victorian Liver Transplant Unit
  • Acquired Brain Injury Unit
  • Cardiac surgery and cardiology
  • Paediatrics
  • Day surgery
  • Oncology and haematology
  • Neurology (including acute stroke unit)
  • Neurosurgery (including HDU)
  • Renal
  • Respiratory (including HDU and Ventilation Weaning Unit)
  • Colorectal
  • Orthopaedics/plastics
  • General medicine
  • General surgical
  • Urology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Spinal rehabilitation
  • Geriatric evaluation and management
  • Day surgery

Mental Health stream

Working in a supportive environment, our mental health graduate nurses will have the opportunity to integrate theory with practice by working in a range of mental health settings with a focus on consumer-centred high quality care.

The program includes:

  • Two six-month clinical rotations
  • Minimum 10 paid study days
  • Dedicated supernumerary days for each rotation
  • Permanent positions following graduate year.

Rotations offered to graduates:

  • Acute Psychiatric Unit
  • Secure Extended Care Unit
  • Child Inpatient Unit
  • Adolescent Unit
  • Trauma Recovery Unit
  • Brain Disorders Unit.

Ongoing learning and development opportunities for Mental Health graduate nurses

Our Mental Health team are committed to providing you with ongoing learning and development opportunities.

During your graduate year you’ll have multiple structured study days which include specialised content. This is also a pathway to a Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing. The study days completed in your graduate year will be counted as prior learning for core subjects in a Diploma with affiliated universities.

Combined General and Mental Health stream


A specialised program has been developed for nurses who are passionate about both General and Mental Health nursing. 

This program includes:

  • Two structured six-month clinical rotations:
  • An acute medical or surgical rotation
  • Adolescent Mental Health OR Secure Extended Care Unit
  • Minimum seven paid study days
  • Mental health specific study days
  • Dedicated supernumerary days and support for each rotation
  • Permanent positions following graduate year
  • Development of transferable skills.

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Application process

PMCV Applicants
1)       Register for Computer Match - opens Monday June 10th

2)     Online application to Austin Health - click here to apply

–         Austin Health & PMCV Opening Date:  Monday June 10th

–         Austin Health & PMCV Closing Date:  Friday July 19th

Non-PMCV Applicants
1)     Online application to Austin Health - click here to apply

- Austin Health & PMCV Opening Date: Monday June 10th

- Austin Health & PMCV Closing Date: Friday July 19th


The following documents will be required for uploading:


  • Austin Health Graduate Nurse Program 2020 Personal Details Form (found at the bottom of the page)
  • Cover letter – one page
  • Curriculum Vitae – two pages
  •           Including two clinical referees
  • Two clinical appraisals
    • Two most recent clinical appraisals
    • General Stream - one acute, the second can be sub-acute, community or a specialty – mental health appraisals will not be accepted
    • Combined Stream – one acute and one mental health
    • Mental Health Stream – one acute and one mental health
  • STRICT maximum of 10 pages per appraisals
  • Must include:
    • Cover page with placement location and dates
    • Time sheet
    • Preceptor comments (formative & summative)
  • Certified copy of academic transcript

Beyond the graduate year


Austin Health provides a wide range of opportunities beyond the Graduate Nurse Program, with more than 90 per cent of graduates staying on with Austin Health after completion.

Foundation Programs

Austin Health offers a range of transition to specialty practice foundational courses:

  • Emergency Department
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Cardiac
  • Peri-Operative.

Postgraduate Courses

Austin Health offers postgraduate course in a range of specialties:

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

Contact us


Phone: 9496 3311



Frequently asked questions

How many study days are provided?

We provide a minimum of five study days in the General stream, seven study days in the Combined stream and ten in the Mental Health stream. These are tailored to meet the specific learning needs of graduate nurses.

Most graduates also attend extra 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 allocating rotations. Traditionally there are some wards that are very popular and demand is high for these positions. It is our priority 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.

  • Victorian Spinal Cord Service
  • Victorian Liver Transplant Unit
  • Victorian Respiratory Support Service and Ventilation Weaning Unit
  • Emergency Department
  • Acquired Brain Injury Unit
  • Cardiac surgery and cardiology
  • Paediatrics
  • Day surgery
  • Oncology and haematology
  • Neurology and neurosurgery
  • Renal

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Opportunity to work in High Dependency Units

  • Respiratory
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgical

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What support is offered to me as a Graduate?

Graduate nurses are supported on the wards by members of the Clinical Education Unit, including specialty Nurse Educators and Clinical Support nurses, Clinical Nurse Specialists, ANUMs and NUMs. Each graduate is also allocated a preceptor who will work with them during supernumerary time and provide ongoing support during their rotation.

Do I get supernumerary time during my graduate year?

Yes you will get supernumerary time on both of your rotations, a minimum of three days on your first rotation and minimum of two on your second rotation.

I have never done a clinical placement at Austin Health - will this affect my chances of getting into 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.

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 currently 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 8 days per fortnight.

After your graduate year you will be given ongoing employment in various locations at various hours.

Application Process

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. If you have been successful in getting a position at Austin Health a member of the GNP team will ring you on the day the results are released, Wednesday October 9th.

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.

My appraisal is over 10 pages long, what should I do?

As per the application guidelines your appraisal must be 10 pages or less in length. Please ensure your appraisal includes:

  • Cover page with placement location and dates
  • Time sheet
  • Preceptor comments (Formative & Summative)

My acute placement was split over two locations, do I submit this as one or two appraisals?

Please include these as one single appraisal.

My preceptor did not write any formative comments?

If your preceptor did not write any comments please ensure you include the summative and include the marking rubric from your formative and summative assessments.

What should I do if my transcript does not have my third year results on it?

We understand that your third year results may not be released in time for your application. Please attach your most recent Official Transcript and bring an updated one with you to interview.

What should I do if I can't get some of the required 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. Please bring the document to the interview.

All required documents must be either original or certified.

Organise your documents in advance.

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