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SA Health 2019 Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP) for Registered Nurses

Welcome to the SA Health 2019 Registered Nurse Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP) website.

Second round offers for the 2019 TPPP for Registered Nurse positions have been completed by SA Health on Thursday 18 October 2018.

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 becomes available if it matches your ranking and location preferences

SA Health has notified all candidates of the outcome of the 2019 TPPP for Registered Nurse applications via email on Thursday 4 October 2018.

Candidates who have been made a provisional offer have until 5:00pm Thursday 11 October 2018 to accept or decline the offer.

It is anticipated that SA Health will make some additional offers in late October 2018 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
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On this website you will find information about:

  • SA Health
  • SA Health's recruitment approach to the TPPP
  • What you can expect if you are successful in gaining a TPPP position
  • Eligibility criteria
  • Conditions of employment
  • Health unit information sessions
  • Information about the hospitals/health units offering TPPP positions
  • How to apply for a TPPP
  • SA Health's priorities for appointment
SA Health will be offering a number of positions in metropolitan and country locations for graduate Registered Nurses across South Australia in the 2019 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 supported 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 a focus on wellbeing, 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 Wellbeing.

The portfolio consists of:
  • Department for Health and Wellbeing
  • 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 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 have been applied over a number of years and 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 location preferences and positions available). 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) and country health services. Some, but not all, LHNs will ask for your site based preference. You are able to repeat a LHN if you wish and it is recommended you do not nominate a location you do not wish to work at.

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.    Central Adelaide LHN
2.    Northern Adelaide LHN
3.    Southern Adelaide LHN
4.    Country Health SA LHN - Port Lincoln Health Service
5.    Women's and Children's Health Network

and were offered a position at 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 Central Adelaide LHN and Northern Adelaide LHN. Please seriously consider and respond if an offer is made to you.

About the TPPP
The transition from a university student to a Registered Nurse in a 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 2019 appointments, TPPP candidates must:
  • At the time of application, have less than 456 hours (3 months full-time equivalent) paid experience as a Registered Nurse (RN) 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*
  • Have completed or, due to complete, all tertiary nursing studies between 1 July 2017 and 28 February 2019 and are eligible for registration as a RN with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) OR have completed tertiary nursing studies after 30 June 2017 and are registered as a RN with AHPRA for the first time
  • Not have taken a Targeted Voluntary Separation Package (TVSP) from the SA Government and are applying to work in the SA Government within the 'employment exclusion period' specified in the package conditions.
* Where candidates have any paid employment as a Registered Nurse you will be required to upload evidence of hours worked - failure to do so may impact on your eligibility. In addition, if you have undertaken an 'internship' or similar for nursing - paid or unpaid - you are required to upload evidence about your participation in the internship (evidence of where, how many hours, paid or unpaid). Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for further information. SA Health may contact candidates for additional evidence to assist in determining eligibility.

If you are also a newly Registered Midwife you may also be eligible to apply for the combined Registered Midwife/Registered Nurse TPPP offered by Country Health SA. If you are interested in the combined program you will need to apply through the 2019 Registered Midwives TPPP process - applications will open in August 2018. Please refer to the 2019 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. 

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).

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 2018 the salary range for Registered Nurse Level 1 is:
  • $62,957pa Year 1 - $85,902pa 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 (Year 1). 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:
          -  Child-related employment screening through the Department of Human Services (DHS) and/or
             National Police Certificate from SAPOL or through an accredited Crimtrac provider
          -  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

Room 4
Glenside Campus
226 Fullarton Road

Sessions will also be scheduled in some country locations.
Details will be posted in the latest
TPPP updates section

Tuesday 10 July

11:00am - 12:30pm

Details will be posted in the
TPPP updates

Central Adelaide
Local Health Network

Royal Adelaide Hospital

Lecture Theatre 8D 271

Thursday 5 July

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

Lyell McEwin Hospital

Main Lecture Theatre
Main Building Level 2
Lyell McEwin Hospital

Friday 6 July

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Modbury Hospital

Auditorium, Education Centre
Ground Floor
Modbury Hospital

Thursday 12 July
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Southern Adelaide Local Health  Network

Flinders Medical Centre

Flinders Medical Centre
Level 7, Room 7E120

Wednesday 4 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 5 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 2 July 2018
  • Applications close 5:00pm......................................  Monday 30 July 2018*
  • Offers to be made......................................................  October 2018
  • Offers accepted by successful candidates...........  October 2018
  • TPPP positions anticipated to start between........  January 2019 to July 2019

* Please note that late applications will not be accepted

When it's time to apply, a link will be provided 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 (to be uploaded with your application)
  • 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.
  • Two FULL clinical placement reports - one being the most recent and completed full clinical placement report (3rd year/final year) and a second full clinical placement report which can be from 3rd year/final year OR a 2nd year placement. (You can choose which report to upload as the second report). Full report means every page of the report - do not have any pages missing (to be uploaded with your application). Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for further details.
  • 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). 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). In addition, if you have undertaken an 'internship' for nursing - paid or unpaid - you are required to upload evidence about your participation in the internship (evidence of where, how many hours, paid or unpaid) 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 these requirements must be completed as a matter of priority if you are successful and offered a position and before a contract can be issued. It is helpful if you can keep your criminal history checks up to date (within 3 years from date of issue).
  • Referees: In the application process it is mandatory to nominate three referees. In relation to nominating referees the following information is provided:
  • Wherever possible you are requested to nominate three experienced RNs who have worked with/observed you as a Registered Nurse/Nursing student and can comment on your clinical performance
  • It is MANDATORY to provide contact details (email and telephone) of three referees
  • It is MANDATORY for you to nominate a minimum of two experienced RN referees who have worked with/observed you as a Registered Nurse/Nursing student and can comment on your clinical performance
  • SA Health is seeking referees from your most recent clinical placements (or work where relevant) wherever possible
  • You are requested to list referees in order of priority contact ie 1, 2 3
Do not nominate referees who have only observed you as an AIN/Enrolled Nurse or any other capacity - we are seeking comments on your ability as a Nursing Student/Registered Nurse.

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). Please note you are unable to change or upload additional documents once you have submitted your application - please ensure you check all details and documents to be uploaded prior to submitting your application.

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

Thanks for your interest in SA Health.

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