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SA Health 2020 Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP) for Registered Nurses

Welcome to the SA Health 2020 Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP) for Registered Nurses website.

Second round of offers for the 2020 TPPP for Registered Nurse positions have been completed by SA Health on Tuesday 15 October 2019.

SA Health will not be making any further round 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 that matches your ranking and location preferences becomes available.

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

On this website you will find information about:

  • What our Transition to Professional Practice Program offers
  • Who is eligible to apply
  • How to apply
  • TPPP in the Local Health Networks
  • Information Sessions
  • Provisional Offers
  • Pre-employment Requirements
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Enquiries

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

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What our Transition to Professional Practice Program offers 
SA Health is the largest provider of the Transition to Professional Practice Programs for Registered Nurses in South Australia, with vacancies encompassing metropolitan and country public hospitals.

SA Health applies a centralised approach to the TPPP recruitment using an online application process. This means that applicants will only need to apply once for a position in any of the public hospitals/health units across Country SA and metropolitan areas. Applicants get to select a maximum of five location preferences as part of their application.

Our Transition to Professional Practice Program is a well-structured program designed to support graduate nurses in the first year of practice as a Registered Nurse. The Program offers a supportive and stimulating environment which enables graduate nurses to consolidate skills and knowledge in a clinical setting as well as to develop confidence and competence as a health professional across different clinical areas.

The TPPP is a 12 month program offering:

  • TPPP Educator/Coordinator and education support team
  • Extensive orientation program
  • Professional Development Study Days
  • Peer support
  • Up to three clinical rotations
  • Full-time and part-time positions are available – please refer to LHN-specific information to learn more about potential rotations and positions available

Conditions of Employment
Registered Nurses on the TPPP are employed and paid according to the Nurses (South Australian Public Sector) Award 2002 and the Nursing/Midwifery (South Australian Public Sector) Enterprise Agreement 2016 (and/or any successor). Hours of work are based on a 76 hour fortnight, including morning, afternoon and night shifts. All successful candidates will be required to shift work according to a predetermined rosters, which are over 24 hours per day, 7 days per week (including public holidays).

Registered Nurse Level 1 - Role Description and Job Capacity Statement
Prior to applying for a TPPP, please read the Role Description to learn more about the skills, knowledge and attributes relevant to the role of Registered Nurse Level 1.

You are also encouraged to read the Job Capacity Statement to learn more about the likely demands of working in the role of a Registered Nurse. 



"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...

Who is eligible to apply

SA Health's priorities for appointment
SA Health is required to apply a priority group for nurse and midwife graduates. All applicants must provide proof of identity when applying for the Transition to Professional Practice Program based on their priority group selection. To learn more about the type of evidence required to support a chosen priority group, please refer to the SA Health Priorities for Appointment document

Eligibility Criteria
The TPPP is designed specifically to support the graduate nurse’s transition as a newly qualified nurse into the clinical workforce. To be eligible to apply for the 2020 TPPP for Registered Nurses, the applicant must, at the time of application:

  • Not have more than 456 hours (3 months full-time equivalent) of paid experience as a Registered Nurse in any setting and in any country*
  • Not have completed more than 3 months of a graduate Nursing program (or equivalent) in any setting and in any country*
  • Have completed, or due to complete, all tertiary nursing studies between 1 July 2018 and 29 February 2020; or have completed tertiary nursing studies after 30 June 2018 and is eligible for registration as a Registered Nurse with AHPRA for the first time
  • Not be applying during the ‘employment exclusion period’ after taking a Targeted Voluntary Separation Package (TVSP) from the SA Government

* Applicants who have had any paid employment as a Registered Nurse, or have commenced a graduate Nursing program must provide a Statement of Service (please refer to the FAQ document below for more information).

How to apply
Applications open at 9:00am on Monday 1 July 2019 and will close at 5:00pm on Monday 29 July 2019. Late applications will not be accepted.

All applications are to be submitted online via an eRecruitment system. An application link will be available on this webpage on Monday 1 July 2019. Applicants will need an email address and a password to commence an application. Please read the questions carefully and answer all questions correctly. All applicants will need to upload documentation to support their application.

Applicants are required to provide:

  • A current Curriculum Vitae (CV) with full employment history in a chronological order
  • Certified evidence of change of name (e.g., marriage certificate, divorce certificate), if relevant
  • Certified copy of a proof of identity to support a priority group that is applicable
  • Academic transcript which shows your most recent GPA for Nursing
  • Two full clinical placement reports from your most recent clinical placements for Nursing only (each clinical placement must comprise more than a two week period) 
  • Contact details of three clinical referees 
  • Statement of Service from each employer for any hours worked as a Registered Nurse
  • Statutory Declaration for any gaps of employment of three months or more, outlining employment situation during that time, and specifically about any nursing employment

All documents will need to be uploaded onto the eRecruitment system as part of the application process (10MB maximum for all documents).

TPPP in the Local Health Networks
TPPP in the Country locations
Undertaking a TPPP in a rural or regional area provides opportunities to develop a broad knowledge and skill base. Click here to view our Nursing and Midwifery video which showcases our mission, vision and values and the services we provide to ensure we are the best rural health service.
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply for TPPP positions.

Nursing in rural SA provides both challenging and rewarding times that we hope will mark the beginning of a successful nursing career.

Click on the links below to find out more about TPPP in the Country locations:

TPPP in the metropolitan hospitals
Click on the links below to find out more about TPPP in the metropolitan hospitals:

Information Sessions
Local Health Network (LHN) information sessions
Applicants will get to nominate their preferred locations and specialty areas.

SA Health will be holding information sessions available at various health sites. Applicants interested in completing a TPPP at any particular health networks are encouraged to attend one or more information sessions. No booking is required.

Local Health Network Location Date Time

TPPP in the 
Country Regions

Barossa Hills Fleurieu LHN
Eyre & Far North LHN
Flinders & Upper North LHN
Riverland & Mallee Coorong LHN
South East LHN
Yorke & Northern LHN

Room 5
Glenside Campus
226 Fullarton Road 

Or a repeat session via a video conference on the following day

Face to Face:
18 July 2019    

Video conference:
19 July 2019

11:00am - 12:30pm                            

2:30pm - 3:30pm

Central Adelaide
Local Health Network

Royal Adelaide Hospital
Lecture Theatre

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Lecture Theatre

11 July 2019


17 July 2019


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

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Northern Adelaide
Local Health Network

Lyell McEwin Hospital
Main Lecture Theatre

Modbury Hospital

1 July 2019

11 July 2019

2:00pm - 3:00pm

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Southern Adelaide
Local Health  Network

Flinders Medical Centre
Level 7, Room 7E120

3 July 2019

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Women's and Children's Health Network

Women's & Children's Hospital

4 July 2019

2:00pm - 4:00pm

University information sessions
SA Health will be delivering information sessions to final year students at the following universities. Applicants interested in attending an information session are strongly encouraged to register their interest with their university.

  • Flinders University - Wednesday 12 June 2019
  • The University of Adelaide - Monday 17 June 2019
  • University of South Australia - Thursday 20 June 2019

Provisional Offers
Provisional offers will be made via email in October 2019. The successful applicant will receive a provisional offer based on one of their location preferences. The offer must be accepted or declined by a defined date. If the applicant does not respond by the due date, the offer will be withdrawn. If the applicant declines the offer, they will not be offered another position.

Applicants who accept an offer will need to satisfy all pre-employment requirements prior to commencement of employment. In the event that applicants do not fulfil the pre-employment requirements, the offer will be withdrawn and no further offers will be made.

Pre-employment Requirements
Applicants will require registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia prior to commencement of employment. Application for registration can be done online, four to six weeks prior to completing a course of study. More information about the online application for the registration process is available on the AHPRA Graduate Applications website.

Criminal History Check
Prior to commencement of employment, all candidates are required to present the following screening assessments:

Candidates who fail to provide valid and satisfactory screening assessments prior to the commencement of employment will have their provisional offer withdrawn.

Immunisation Screening
SA Health is committed to providing a safe working environment for all persons and acknowledges the positive impact immunisation has on health outcomes for our employees and patients. As a condition of employment, all applicants will need to provide confirmation of immune status during the pre-employment process. Applicants who refuse to participate in screening and/or vaccination, or fail to provide confirmation of immune status, will not be considered for employment in SA Health services in Health Care Worker positions. For more information on fulfilling this requirement, please refer to SA Health's Health Care Worker immunisation requirements

English Language Skills
The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia requires all applicants for initial registration to demonstrate English language skills to be suitable for registration. If English language testing is required, applicants with this requirement are strongly encouraged to commence the process well ahead of course completion. The delay in meeting this requirement may result in an overall delay in the processing of your application for registration. Please refer to the English Language Skills Registration Standard for further details.

TPPP in the Country locations
Applicants applying for a TPPP in a Country location are required to have a driver’s license and own vehicle, as some travel may be required.

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

Email Enquiries
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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