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SA Health 2016 Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP) for Registered Nurses

Applications for 2016 TPPP for Registered Nurses are now closed.

SA Health anticipates advising all candidates of the outcome of their application in mid October 2015.

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 has approximately 400 positions for graduate Registered Nurses across South Australia in the 2016 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.

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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
This is the fifth successive year that SA Health will use a whole of health recruitment approach for the TPPP using an electronic on-line 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.

Each year SA Health has evaluated and reviewed the information provided to candidates and the recruitment processes with a view to improving the application process for candidates. The recruitment and application processes applied over the last four 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 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 successful in their 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.    Ceduna Hospital
2.    Pt Lincoln Hospital
3.    Lyell McEwin Hospital and
4.    Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH)

And were offered a position at the Lyell McEwin Hospital - if you reject the offer you will not be offered a position at Ceduna, Pt Lincoln or the RAH  or anywhere else in SA Health. 

In this example, the reason you would be offered your 3rd location preference (Lyell McEwin) is that there were higher ranked candidates who filled all vacancies at Ceduna and Pt Lincoln. 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 2016 appointments, TPPP candidates must:
  • Have less than 988 hours (6 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 6 months or more of, a TPPP/Graduate RN programme (or equivalent) previously in any setting and in any country
  • Be due to complete tertiary nursing studies in 2015 and be eligible for registration with AHPRA or were registered with AHPRA as a RN for the first time after November 2014
  • Not have taken a Targeted Voluntary Separation Package (TVSP) within the SA Government in the last 3 Years
* Where candidates have more than 3 months paid employment as a Registered Nurse you will be asked to upload evidence of hours worked - 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 Midwifery TPPP process - applications open on 17 August 2015 and close on 7 September 2015. Please refer to the 2016 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 2015 the salary range for Registered Nurse Level 1 is:
  • $58,178pa Year 1 - $79,382pa 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.
  • An additional 3% salary increase will come into effect from October 2015.
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 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 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 on the TPPP you are responsible for ensuring you are registered with AHPRA. It is expected that successful candidates will 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

See the Country Health SA link for information about additional sessions using video conferencing

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

22 July

11:30am - 12:30pm
Central Adelaide
Local Health Network

Royal Adelaide Hospital

Robson Lecture Theatre
Eleanor Harrald Building
Royal Adelaide Hospital

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

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

2 July

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

Lyell McEwin Hospital

Main Lecture Theatre Level 2
Lyell McEwin Hospital

22 July
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Modbury Hospital

5th Floor East Wing
5EB Modbury Hospital

28 July

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Southern Adelaide Local Health  Network

Flinders Medical Centre

FMC Level 5 Lecture Theatre 2

8 July

5:00pm - 6:30pm
Repatriation General Hospital
SPF Hall Annexe
Repatriation General Hospital

27 July
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Women's and Children's Health Network

Women's and Children's Hospital

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

23 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 13 July 2015
  • Applications close 5:00pm......................................   Monday 10 August 2015*
  • Offers made..................................................................  October 2015
  • Offers accepted by successful candidates.............  October 2015
  • TPPP positions anticipated to start between..........  January 2016 to July 2016

* Please note that late applications will not be accepted

When it's time to apply, a link will become live on this site 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, Student Name and details, academic results and GPA for nursing only. 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 of your residency status for example a copy of birth certificate, citizenship certificate (Australia or New Zealand) or passport.
  • 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. The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) outlines alternatives if you are unable to provide these.
  • If you have been employed as a Registered Nurse for more than 3 months, 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)
  • Visa/passport details (if you are not a permanent Australian resident)
In the application process you will also be required to draw on your own clinical experiences to answer a mandatory question. You will also be required to nominate two mandatory professional referees. SA Health is seeking referees who have observed you as a nursing student or Registered Nurse and that referees are from your most recent clinical 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.

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

Applications for 2016 TPPP for Registered Nurses are now closed.

SA Health anticipates advising all candidates of the outcome of their application in mid October 2015.

Thanks for your interest in SA Health.  We look forward to receiving your application.

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