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SA Health 2018 Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP) for Registered Nurses

Second round offers for 2018 TPPP Registered Nurse positions have been completed by SA Health on Thursday 19 October 2017.

SA Health will not be making any further rounds of offers. However, offers may be made where a vacancy becomes available. For example, where a candidate declines or does not meet the pre-employment requirements.  

Please note that all applications that have been assessed as suitable and have not been made an offer, will remain active.

SA Health may contact you directly should a position become available if it matches your ranking and location preferences

On Wednesday 4 October 2017 SA Health sent emails to all candidates advising of the outcome of their 2018 TPPP for Registered Nurses application.
Candidates who have been made a provisional offer have until 5:00pm Wednesday 11 October 2017 to accept or decline the offer.  

It is anticipated that SA Health will make some additional offers in late October 2017 to fill any positions that have been declined. Once this is completed SA Health will only make offers where a candidate withdraws or does not meet the provisional employment conditions.

Candidates interested in other employment opportunities with SA Health are encouraged to register for Job Alerts 

Welcome to the SA Health 2018 Registered Nurse Transition to Professional Practice (TPPP) website.
On this website you will find information about:

  • SA Health's approach to recruiting to the TPPP
  • Eligibility criteria
  • How to apply for a TPPP
  • Information about the hospitals/health units offering TPPP positions
  • SA Health's priorities for appointment
  • Conditions of employment
  • What you can expect if you are successful in gaining a TPPP position
  • Health unit information sessions
SA Health will be offering a number of positions in metropolitan and country locations for graduate Registered Nurses across South Australia in the 2018 Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP).

This is a great way to kick start your nursing career, bridging the gap between university education and clinical practice. You will be able to transfer your nursing knowledge into practice and build your confidence as you develop clinical skills in a fully supported and paid program.

This website will be updated periodically, so please keep an eye out for future TPPP updates.

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About SA Health
SA Health is committed to protecting and improving the health of all South Australians by providing leadership in health reform, public health services, health and medical research, policy development and planning, with an increased focus on well being, illness prevention, early intervention and quality care.

SA Health is the brand name for the health portfolio of services and agencies responsible to the Minister for Health and Ageing and the Minister for Mental Health & Substance Abuse.

The portfolio consists of:

  • Department for Health and Ageing
  • Central Adelaide Local Health Network
  • Country Health SA Local Health Network
  • Northern Adelaide Local Health Network
  • Southern Adelaide Local Health Network
  • Women's and Children's Health Network
  • SA Ambulance Service
If you would like more information about SA Health and its business please click here

SA Health's recruitment approach to the TPPP
SA Health has had extensive experience in applying a whole of health recruitment approach for the TPPP using an electronic online application process. This means that candidates only need to apply once for a position in any of the public hospitals/health units across country SA and metropolitan Adelaide.

SA Health has evaluated and reviewed previous processes including: eligibility criteria, information provided to candidates and the recruitment processes and has refined and improved the application process for candidates. The recruitment and application processes applied over the last six years have been very successful for both candidates and SA Health.

As a candidate you only need to submit one application for a range of sites rather than applying at multiple locations. You will still get to nominate your preferences for the sites you would like to work at but you won't have to apply individually to each hospital.

All candidates are assessed on the same information in the application form, therefore it is important that you follow the instructions in the application form and upload the documents requested. All sites are working in partnership to get the best candidates for SA Health and to streamline and continuously improve the process for all candidates. The selection process has been based on the requirements in the Role Description - click here to view a generic example.

Candidates who are offered a TPPP position will only be made one offer (on the basis of your own priorities and positions available) - not multiple offers as occurred some years ago. We encourage applicants to seriously consider location preferences - this year candidates will be able to select 5 mandatory location preferences which will be Local Health Networks (LHNs). Some, but not all, LHNs will ask your site based preference. You are able to repeat a LHN if you wish.

If you are made an offer, you need to take that offer seriously because if you reject it or do not respond within the timeframe advised - you will not be offered another position, it will be offered to another candidate.

For example, if you nominated:
1.    Women's and Children's Health Network
2.    Northern Adelaide LHN
3.    Southern Adelaide LHN
4.    CHSA LHN - Port Lincoln Health Service
5.    Central Adelaide LHN

and were offered a position at the Southern Adelaide LHN - if you reject the offer you will not be offered a TPPP position at any other LHN in SA Health. 

In this example, the reason you would be offered your 3rd location preference (SALHN) is that there were higher ranked candidates who filled all vacancies at Women's and Children's Health Network and Northern Adelaide LHN. Please seriously consider and respond if an offer is made to you.

About the Programs
The transition from graduate to Registered Nurse, from university to clinical workplace can be daunting - but exciting. The TPPP is a real life, hands on supported program conducted over a 12 month period with pay as a Level 1 Registered Nurse.

You will have access to:
  • TPPP Educator/Coordinator and education support team
  • Professional Development Study Days
  • Peer support
  • Up to three clinical rotations
  • Full-time and part-time positions are available - refer to site specific information to find out about potential rotations and positions available
The dedicated program is based on:
  • Recognising the individual needs of both you as a new Registered Nurse and the patients/clients receiving care
  • Acknowledging that you retain responsibility for your own professional development
  • The importance of reflective practice as an essential component to your development



"The TPPP presents nurses just out of Uni with a fantastic opportunity to learn about the realities of becoming nurses in hospitals, on the job. Like everything in life, what you get out of the program is really up to you. I chose to explore every resource and avenue available and as a result, found my real passion for nursing is in the emergency department. That's where I work permanent full time now." Read more...

The TPPP is specifically designed to support recent graduates in the transition to your new role as a Registered Nurse. Each year, as part of the overall review process, SA Health also reviews the eligibility criteria.

SA Health has determined that to be eligible for the 2018 appointments, TPPP candidates must:

  • Have less than 456 hours (3 months full-time equivalent) experience as a Registered Nurse (at the time of application) in any setting and in any country*
  • Not have completed, or undertaken 3 months or more of, a TPPP/Graduate RN program (or equivalent) previously in any setting and in any country*
  • Be due to complete all tertiary nursing studies by February 2018 and be eligible for registration with AHPRA OR were registered or eligible for registration with AHPRA as a Registered Nurse for the first time from July 2016
  • Not have taken a Targeted Voluntary Separation Package (TVSP) within the SA Government in the last 3 Years
* Where candidates have any paid employment as a Registered Nurse you will be asked to upload evidence of hours worked - failure to do so may impact on your eligibility. Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for further information. In addition, SA Health may contact candidates for additional evidence to assist in determining eligibility.

If you are also a new Registered Midwife you may also be eligible to apply for the combined Registered Midwife/Registered Nurse TPPP to be offered by Country Health SA. If you are interested in the combined program you will need to apply through the 2018 Registered Midwives TPPP process - applications will open in August 2017. Please refer to the 2018 Registered Midwives TPPP web page for more information.

Conditions of Employment
Nurses on the TPPP are employed and paid in accordance with the Nurses (South Australian Public Sector) Award 2002 and the Nursing/Midwifery (South Australian Public Sector) Enterprise Agreement 2016. 

Hours of work are based on a 76 hour fortnight and are in accordance with a 7 day roster, including morning, afternoon and night shifts. All successful candidates will be required to work over a 7 day roster.

All hospitals and health units will require you to take your accrued annual leave during the program - this will be discussed with successful applicants and is often set by the employing health unit.

All successful candidates will be required to work shift work according to a predetermined roster - rosters are over 24 hours per day, 7 days per week (including public holidays).
Salary rates
As at June 2017 the salary range for Registered Nurse Level 1 is:

  • $61,421pa Year 1 - $83,807pa Year 9 based on a full-time salary and would need to be adjusted according to actual hours worked for part-time employees. 
  • In addition penalty payments are paid for afternoon, night shifts and weekend work.
Given this program is for new graduates, all successful candidates will commence employment on the 1st increment level. An exception to this is, new nursing graduates who were previously Registered Midwives and had relevant employment experience.

You will also have access to salary packaging provisions which can reduce your tax and increase your overall income. Terms and conditions of employment are detailed in the relevant Award and Enterprise Agreement.

Pre-employment requirements
Prior to commencement, all appointments will be subject to:

  • verification of Registration as a Registered Nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA); and
  • satisfactory pre employment checks including:
          -  satisfactory Criminal and Relevant History Screening Assessment applicable to the role
          -  health assessment and
          -  immunisation status  

You will not be able to commence a TPPP until these requirements have been satisfied.

Please note:
if you are offered a position in the TPPP you are responsible for ensuring you are registered with AHPRA. It is a requirement that successful candidates meet all pre-employment checks a minimum of two weeks prior to commencement - failure to do so may result in withdrawal of the offer. 

Information sessions
Should you be interested in a particular site, you are encouraged to attend an information session. No bookings required.

Placement Location Date Time
Country Health SA
Local Health Network

Education Centre, Milner Street, Hindmarsh, Room 6.14

Sessions will also be scheduled in some country locations. Times and locations will be posted in the TPPP updates section

Wednesday 28 June

9:30am - 10:30am

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Times and locations will be posted in the
TPPP updates section

Central Adelaide
Local Health Network

Royal Adelaide Hospital

Robson Lecture Theatre
Eleanor Harrald Building
Royal Adelaide Hospital

Wednesday 28 June

10:00am - 11:00am
4:00pm - 5:00pm

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Room 2
5th Floor, Clinical Education Centre
Main Building,The Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Tuesday 4 July
 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Northern Adelaide
Local Health Network

Lyell McEwin Hospital

Main Lecture Theatre
Main Building Level 2
Lyell McEwin Hospital

Thursday 6 July

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Modbury Hospital

Auditorium, Education Centre
Ground Floor
Modbury Hospital

Thursday 13 July
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Southern Adelaide Local Health  Network

Flinders Medical Centre

FMC Level 5 Lecture Theatre 3

Wednesday 5 July

6:00pm - 7:30pm
Women's and Children's Health Network

Women's & Children's Hospital

Queen Victoria Lecture Theatre
Follow the signs from the
Kermode Street Entrance

Thursday 20 July

 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Details about the sites
Click on the following links for more information and specific details about the TPPP at:

Important dates
  • Applications open 9:00am.......................................  Monday 3 July 2017
  • Applications close 5:00pm......................................   Monday 31 July 2017*
  • Offers to be made....................................................   October 2017
  • Offers accepted by successful candidates.................   October 2017
  • TPPP positions anticipated to start between..............   January 2018 to July 2018

* Please note that late applications will not be accepted

When it's time to apply, a link will become live on this website and you will need an email address and password to commence an application. Once you have commenced your application you will be guided through the process - please read the detail in the online application form.

Throughout the application you will need access to a range of documents and will need to upload some of them with your application, including:

  • A current Resume/Curriculum Vitae. Please ensure that your Resume/CV does not have any unexplained gaps of 3 months or more from when RN nursing studies have been completed in Australia or overseas. Please ensure you list the full dates and location of all Clinical Placements undertaken as a nursing student
  • Evidence of your most recent Grade Point Average (GPA) - evidence to be uploaded needs to include University name, your name and student identification details, academic results (subjects and results) and nursing GPA. If you have completed your studies you need to upload a copy of your final academic transcript. Failure to upload the required document with all required details may impact on your overall score. Attached are some transcript examples from the universities - which demonstrates the key features required of any transcript.
  • Where you have changed your name you will need to upload satisfactory evidence eg marriage certificate, divorce certificate, change of name by deed poll etc.
  • All candidates will need to provide evidence to support the priority group you fit within. The evidence to be uploaded will depend on which priority group you select. The online application form will detail what documents will be accepted for each priority group eg it may be an Australian or NZ Passport, evidence of Australian permanent residency, evidence of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, Department for Immigration and Border Protection grant notification etc. If you do not provide the required evidence you may be placed in a different priority group. The Priority Groups table describes the evidence required for each of the priority groups.
  • One FULL completed and finalised 3rd year clinical placement report - this means every page of the report - do not miss any pages (to be uploaded with your application). If you do not have a full 3rd year clinical placement report available, you are requested to provide your most recent and full clinical placement report and provide an explanation as to why you are uploading a different document than requested. The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) provides further details if you are unable to provide a full 3rd year clinical placement report.
  • If you have had ANY paid employment as a Registered Nurse you are required to upload a statement of service from each employer with details of actual hours worked (to ensure candidates are eligible for the program). Refer to the FAQs for more detail. Please ensure you do not have any unexplained gaps of 3 months or more in your Resume/CV from completion of post nursing studies (in Australia or overseas).
  • Visa/passport details (if you are not a permanent Australian resident)
  • Mandatory employment screening: In the online application you will be asked a series of questions about your criminal history and whether or not you have current screening checks. You do not have to have the criminal history checks at the time of applying however you will need to fulfil these requirements a minimum of two weeks prior commencement if you are successful and offered a position. It is helpful if you can keep your criminal history checks up to date.
In the application process it is mandatory to nominate three referees. It is mandatory for candidates to nominate a minimum of two experienced Registered Nurse referees who have observed your clinical practice. For the purposes of this process these referees need to have a minimum of two years' experience

When nominating referees, it is critical that a minimum of two of your referees have worked/observed you as a nursing student or Registered Nurse and can comment on your clinical performance. SA Health is seeking referees from your most recent clinical placements (or work where relevant) wherever possible. More information is outlined in the FAQs

The application form will guide you through the process and advise how and what documents to upload and the format that will be accepted for your documents (also refer to the FAQs).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
You will find that most questions are answered in the Frequently Asked Questions document which you are requested to read prior to contacting us.

The website will be updated periodically, so please keep an eye out for future TPPP updates

Please ensure you have read the Frequently Asked Questions and answers prior to contacting us.

If we haven't answered your question, please submit it via email to in the subject line please ensure you state TPPP REGISTERED NURSE QUERY

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