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SA Health 2017 Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP) for Registered Nurses

Welcome to the SA Health 2017 Registered Nurse Transition to Professional Practice (TPPP) website.

On Wednesday 5 October 2016 emails were sent to all candidates advising of the outcome of their 2017 TPPP for Registered Nurses application.

Candidates who were made a provisional offer had until 12 October 2016 to accept or decline the offer.
Second round offers were made on Thursday 20 October 2016. SA Health has now completed the first and second round offers.

SA Health will not be making any further rounds of offers. As the take up rate for the TPPP offers has been very high SA Health anticipates there will be limited opportunities to make further offers. From this point forward 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 monitor the SA Health careers 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
  • When and where you can get more information from the sites
SA Health will be offering a number of positions in metropolitan and country locations for graduate Registered Nurses across South Australia in the 2017 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 in a supportive environment 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 five years have been very successful for both candidates and health units and will therefore continue.

The online recruitment process is much easier for candidates - 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 therefore it is important that you follow the instructions in the online application form and upload the documents requested. The hospitals are all 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 Job & Person Specification

Candidates who are offered a TPPP application 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 - 4 mandatory location preferences and an additional 4 optional preferences are available. You can maximise your opportunity by indicating up to 8 location preferences.

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.    Mount Gambier Hospital
2.    Kingston/Robe MPS
3.    Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) and
4.    Women's and Children's Hospital (WCH)

and were offered a position at the Flinders Medical Centre - if you reject the offer you will not be offered a TPPP position at Mount Gambier, Kingston/Robe MPS, WCH or anywhere else in SA Health. 

In this example, the reason you would be offered your 3rd location preference (FMC) is that all vacancies at Mount Gambier and Kingston/Robe were already filled. 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 2017 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 Registered Nurse programme (or equivalent) previously in any setting and in any country*
  • Be due to complete tertiary nursing studies by February 2017 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 2015
  • 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 2017 Registered Midwives TPPP process - applications open on 22 August 2016 and close on 12 September 2016. Please refer to the 2017 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 2013. 

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.
Salary rates
As at June 2016 the salary range for Registered Nurse Level 1 is:

  • $59,923pa Year 1 - $81,763pa Year 10 based on a full-time salary to be adjusted according to 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 with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA); and
  • satisfactory pre employment checks including:
          -  relevant Department of Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) Criminal History Check
          -  health asses
sment 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 on 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

Either attend at:

Education Centre, Milner Street, Hindmarsh (check the board for room details)

OR at one of the following sites:

- Riverland General Hospital, Berri
- Mount Gambier Hospital
- South Coast Hospital, Victor Harbor
- Port Pirie Regional Health Service
- Whyalla Hospital
- Ceduna District Health Services

where you will be greeted at the main reception

Wednesday 6 July

Tuesday 12 July

12:00pm - 1:00pm

12:45pm - 2:00pm

Central Adelaide
Local Health Network

Royal Adelaide Hospital

Robson Lecture Theatre
Eleanor Harrald Building
Royal Adelaide Hospital

Wednesday 15 June

10:00am - 11:00am and
4:00pm - 5:00pm
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Room 2
5th Floor Main Building
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Tuesday 28 June
 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Northern Adelaide
Local Health Network

Lyell McEwin Hospital

Main Lecture Theatre
Main Building Level 2
Lyell McEwin Hospital

Thursday 7 July

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Modbury Hospital

Auditorium, Education Centre
Ground Floor
Modbury Hospital

Monday 18 July
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Southern Adelaide Local Health  Network

Flinders Medical Centre

FMC Level 5 Lecture Theatre 2

Tuesday 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 21 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 4 July 2016
  • Applications close 5:00pm......................................   Monday 1 August 2016*
  • Offers to be made......................................................   October 2016
  • Offers accepted by successful candidates...........   October 2016
  • TPPP positions anticipated to start between........   January 2017 to July 2017

* 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 you list the dates and location of all Clinical Placements undertaken as a nursing student (to be uploaded with application)
  • Evidence of your most recent Grade Point Average (GPA) - evidence to be uploaded needs to include University name and logo, name and student identification details, academic results (subjects and results) and nursing GPA only. If you have completed your studies you need to upload a copy of your final academic transcript. Failure to upload the required document may impact on your overall score. Attached is an example transcript from one University only - however this example 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. Further details will be in the online application form. If you do not provide the required evidence you may be placed in a different priority group.
  • Your two most recent and FULL clinical placement reports - this means every page of the report (to be uploaded with application). If you are an Enrolled Nurse/post graduate nursing student - you are requested to also provide two most recent and full clinical placement reports. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) provides further details if you are unable to provide these.
  • 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.
  • 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 if you are successful and offered a position. It is helpful in you can keep your criminal history checks up to date.
In the application process you will be required to nominate three (mandatory) experienced Registered Nurse referees who have observed/worked with you and can comment on your clinical skills and abilities as a nursing student/Registered Nurse. It is requested that you nominate a minimum of two referees from your 3rd year placements. 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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