Graduate programs for nurses

Creating purpose-trained nurses who have a long lasting career at Austin Health and provide reliable, safe, patient-centred care.

About us

We recruit over 150 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)
  • 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. 

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Application process for 2022 – Non PMCV candidates

Applications for our Graduate Nurse Program – Non PMCV Intake (ineligible for PMCV) are currently open.

Applications will close on the 15th of October, 2022.  

Application requirements

  • Austin Health Graduate Nurse Program candidate application form
  • An up-to-date academic transcript: it must be an official transcript which has either been certified or has electronic certification.
  • Two clinical appraisals​: they must be no more than 10 pages and have either been certified or have electronic certification. Please ensure your appraisals are from Acute or specialty rotation. Mental health rotations will not be accepted.
  • Two clinical referees.

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.