2021 Transition to Professional Practice Program for Registered Nurses

Applications closed

Applications have now closed for the SA Health 2021 Transition to Professional Practice Program for Registered Nurses. Thank you to everyone who took the time to apply. Please monitor this page for updates on the TPPP recruitment process.

TPPP updates

Update: 20 October 2020

SA Health has completed the second round of offers. Successful applicants are required to respond to their provisional offer by 5.00pm Tuesday, 27 October 2020.

There will be no further round of offers, however an offer may be made when a vacancy becomes available, due to a candidate declining an offer or withdrawing from the recruitment process. SA Health will contact suitable candidates via email when a vacancy becomes available. 

Update: 6 October 2020

SA Health has notified all applicants of the recruitment outcome. Successful applicants must respond to their provisional offer, via the online link provided in the provisional offer email, by 5.00pm Tuesday, 13 October 2020. 

Update: 13 August 2020

The reference check process has now concluded. SA Health has commenced the assessment of TPPP applications. The outcome of applications will be advised in the second week of October.

Update: 3 August 2020

Applications have now closed. The reference check process will commence shortly.

Update: 14 July 2020

The following documents have been updated to provide clarity on the Category E evidence requirements for applicants who were born in Australia on, or after, 20 August 1986.

About the Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP)

Passionate, driven and excited to kick-start your career as a newly registered nurse? A career in nursing is filled with opportunities, challenges and rewards. You will make a real difference to the lives of individuals and their loved ones during times of vulnerability.

SA Health’s TPPP will kickstart your nursing career through a well-structured program designed to support your first year of practice as a Registered Nurse. You will consolidate your skills and knowledge in clinical settings across SA Health, developing your confidence and clinical skills as a health professional.

SA Health provides a centralised annual recruitment of graduate nurses for the TPPP in public health services across South Australia. This means that you will have the opportunity to apply just once for TPPP positions at up to four health services.

The TPPP recruitment process is competitive with more people applying than there are positions. Therefore it is important to be well prepared and organised in your application.

Our TPPP offers:

  • TPPP Educator/Coordinator and education support team
  • Orientation program
  • Professional development study days
  • Peer support
  • Clinical rotations
  • Shift work — 24 hours, 7 days a week
  • Full-time and part-time positions are available — please refer to the LHN specific information below to learn more about potential rotations and positions available

Role Description and Job Capacity Statement

Prior to applying to participate in TPPP, you are encouraged to read the Registered Nurse Level 1 Role Description (PDF 224KB), which provides information about the skills, knowledge and attributes relevant to the role of a Registered Nurse Level 1 (RN1). The Role Description contains the selection criteria for the RN1 position and is used for the selection process.

You are also encouraged to read the RN1 Job Capacity Statement (PDF 260KB) to gain an understanding of the likely demands of working in the role of a Registered Nurse.

Eligibility criteria

The TPPP is designed specifically to support you in your transition as a newly qualified nurse into clinical practice. To be eligible to apply for the 2021 RN TPPP, you must, at the time of application:

  • Expect to complete your nursing degree between 1 July 2019 and 28 February 2021 that leads to initial registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia*
  • Not have had 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 nurse program (TPPP or equivalent) in any setting and in any country**
  • Not be applying during the ‘employment exclusion period’ after taking a Targeted Voluntary Separation Package (TVSP) from the SA Government

Criteria for Priority Appointment to TPPP

SA Health applies criteria for prioritising the appointment of all nurse graduates to the TPPP. Following a merit-based assessment process, preference for appointment will be given to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander nurse graduates, and local South Australian nurse graduates with Australian citizenship or permanent residency, or New Zealand citizenship. You will be required provide proof of identity relevant to the priority group applicable to you at the time of application. To find out more about the type of documentation required for the priority group applicable to you, please refer to the Criteria for Priority Appointment document (PDF 308KB).

How to apply

You will require an email address to apply. You will also be asked to upload documentation to support your application.

Application Guidelines: Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

The Application Guidelines: FAQ document (PDF 431KB) contains application guidelines and recruitment requirements that will assist you in navigating through the 2021 RN TPPP application process. You are encouraged to read the FAQ document prior to submitting online queries.

Please also refer to the TPPP Application Checklist (PDF 167KB) for guidance on the information you will need to prepare for your TPPP application.

You will be required to provide:

  • A current Curriculum Vitae (CV) showing details of full employment history and continuous education in a chronological order
  • Certified evidence of change of name, if applicable
  • Certified copy of identification documents
  • Academic transcript with a current GPA printed
  • Two full clinical placement reports from your most recent clinical placements (each clinical placement must comprise more than a two-week period)
  • Contact details of three clinical referees
  • Statement of Service from each employer if you have worked as a Registered Nurse
  • Statutory Declaration for any gaps of employment of three months or more, from when you completed your Nursing degree in Australia or overseas

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

TPPP in the Local Health Networks (LHNs)

TPPP in the regional LHNs

Working in regional South Australia as a Registered Nurse will be both rewarding and challenging. Rural nurses are dynamic, able to problem solve with limited resources, and think outside the square. Completing a TPPP in a rural hospital will set you up with skills that you will use for the rest of your nursing career. Over the course of your TPPP, you will develop excellent generalist nursing skills, and you may have the opportunity to delve into some other specialty areas – theatre and recovery nursing, community nursing, emergency nursing, aged care nursing, renal nursing, and day patients/outpatients nursing. There may be the option to move to another ward or area, or even another hospital within your region for a rotation for gain further experiences in rural nursing.

Comments from some of this year’s TPPPs

"One of the most rewarding things for me in the TPPP so far is how every shift is never the same and there hasn't been a single day that I haven't learnt something."

"I’ve had the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of specialities with great support from senior nurses, managers and the doctor."

"I’ve been exposed to multiple types of different patients as it is a general ward, and have had the opportunity to have some ED experience as there is no specific ED ward."

If you want to know more about undertaking a TPPP in one of the Regional Local Health Networks, please contact the Clinical Development Team at the Rural Support Service via email at: Health.RSSClinicalDevelopment@sa.gov.au or the contact person listed on the information sheets for your hospital(s) of interest.

Click on the information sheets below to find out more about TPPP in the regional LHNs:

You can also watch this video recording of the regional local health network's TPPP information session.

TPPP in the metropolitan LHNs

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

LHN information sessions

As part of your application, you will be asked to nominate your preferred locations and specialty areas. If you are interested in undertaking the TPPP at any of the LHNs listed below, we encourage you to attend their information sessions to find out more about their health services, the programs they offer and intake dates. Bookings are essential for some of the sessions.

See LHN Information Session Schedule (PDF 231KB) for more details about the information sessions.

Provisional offers

Provisional offers will be issued in October 2020. Successful applicants will receive a provisional offer containing instructions to accept or decline the offer, which must be responded to within a specified timeframe. All provisional offers are issued based on the applicant’s ranking and location preferences.

Pre-employment requirements

If an offer is made to you, you will be required to satisfy all of the following pre-employment requirements prior to the commencement of employment.


You will be required to obtain registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia prior to commencing employment as a registered nurse with SA Health. The application process can be done online by visiting the AHPRA Graduate Applications website. The registration process can take a few weeks to complete, therefore it is important to start the process as early as four to six weeks prior to completing your studies.

English language skills

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) requires all applicants for initial registration to demonstrate English language competency to be eligible for registration. If your application is successful and you are required to undertake an English test in order to gain registration, you are strongly encouraged to complete this as soon as possible and well ahead of course completion. Please refer to the English Language Skills Registration Standard for further details.

Criminal history check

Prior to the commencement of employment, you must ensure that the mandatory employment screening checks are up to date. A contract of employment cannot be issued until this occurs. At a minimum, you will be required to have a valid Department of Human Services (DHS) ‘Working with Children Check’ and a satisfactory National Police Certificate (NPC). If an offer is made to you, you will be asked to provide these documents to the employing LHN as part of your pre-employment requirements.

Further information regarding Criminal and Relevant History Screening is available on the following website:

  • Department of Human Services website – 'Working with Children Check' for work with children/prescribed positions as required by the Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016 and Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Regulations 2018. You will be required to provide a current DHS Working with Children Check before employment, and every five years after the date of issue.
  • South Australia Police website – National Police Certificate from SAPOL or from an accredited Crimtrac Provider (you are required to obtain this check if you do not already have a valid NPC for Aged Care and/or Vulnerable Assessment check). Your NPC must be appropriate to your employment as a Registered Nurse. NPC obtained for the purpose of other roles such as Enrolled Nurse, volunteer work, student, clinical placement or work experience will not be accepted.

Immunisation requirements

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, you will be required to provide evidence of current immunisation during the pre-employment process. This will be requested by the employing LHN when provisional offers are issued. Candidates who refuse to participate in screening and/or vaccination, or fail to provide confirmation of immune status, will not be considered for employment in Health Care Worker positions in SA Health services.

TPPP in the Country locations

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

Contact us

You can make enquiries by sending an email to healthjobs@sa.gov.au. We will be taking enquiries via e-mail only, during business hours between Monday and Friday.

Please ensure you have read through the information sheets, FAQs and all the information above, before contacting us.

Thank you for your interest in SA Health.

* Applicants who have completed their degree before 1 July 2019 are not eligible to apply. Applicants who are completing their degree after 28 February 2021 are not eligible for the 2021 TPPP RN recruitment and should wait for the 2022 TPPP RN recruitment.

** Applicants who have had any paid employment as a Registered Nurse, or have commenced in a graduate nurse program, will be required to provide a Statement of Service. Please refer to the FAQ document below for more information.