Transition to Professional Practice Program for Registered Midwives

A career in midwifery is filled with opportunities, challenges and rewards.

The Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP) offers you an exciting opportunity to be part of our Local Health Networks (LHNs) in metropolitan Adelaide and regional South Australia.

If you are passionate about caring for others during their pregnancy and birth journey, you will be provided with all the tools and supports needed to build a rewarding and enriching professional career.

Key dates

  • 14 August - Applications open
  • 3 September - Applications close
  • 4 - 15 September - Application assessment period
  • 9 October - First round of provisional offers
  • Mid October - Second round of provisional offers (if required)


To apply for TPPP, Registered Midwives (RMs) must meet the following criteria at the time of application:

  • Complete your midwifery studies between January 2023 and February 2024 that will lead to initial registration as a RM with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).
  • Complete no more than 912 hours (6 months full time equivalent) of paid experience as a RM in any setting within Australia/New Zealand.
    Hours of paid experience completed outside of Australia/New Zealand are not counted if the applicant is required to retrain in Australia to obtain Ahpra registration.
  • Complete no more than three months of a graduate midwifery program (or equivalent) previously in any setting and in any country.
  • Apply outside the ‘employment exclusion period’ after taking a Targeted Voluntary Separation Package (TVSP) from the SA Government. 

Locations and specialty programs

Each LHN offers a variety of specialty programs across different locations/sites. The number of positions available will vary according to service and operational needs of the LHNs.

When completing your application form you will be asked to select your location/site preferences. Based on this, you will be prompted to choose your preferred specialty program(s), secondary location and intake date(s).

For information about the speciality programs offered by each LHN, and details of information sessions being held, visit the LHN pages below.

Role description

The Registered Midwife Level 1 (RM1) Role Description (PDF 212KB) provides information about the skills, knowledge and attributes considered essential for success.

The Role Description outlines the selection criteria for the RM1 position and is used in the assessment of TPPP applications.

The Registered Midwife Job Capacity Statement (PDF 260KB) provides information about the likely demands of working as a RM.

You are encouraged to read the above documents to gain an understanding of the RM1 role prior to applying for TPPP.


Further information

For more information about TPPP, please refer to the Applicant Handbook (PDF 412KB).

If you have further questions, email

Local Health Networks