Transition to Professional Practice Program for Registered Nurses

A career in nursing 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.

As a newly qualified nurse you will be provided with all the tools and supports you need to build a rewarding and enriching professional career.

If you are passionate about caring for others, you will come together with like-minded people who will help you achieve your career goals.


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

  • Complete your nursing studies between January 2023 and February 2024 that will lead to initial registration as a RN with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).
  • Complete no more than 456 hours (3 months full time equivalent) of paid experience as a RN 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 3 months of a graduate nurse 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.

Key dates

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

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.

Opportunities external to SA Health

The government is committed to ensuring that all graduate nurses and midwives seeking employment in South Australia are afforded every opportunity, therefore SA Health is taking a broader approach to the facilitation of TPPP candidates for the 2024 clinical year.

In addition to nominating Local Health Network (LHN) and site preferences, nursing candidates will also have the opportunity to select an option to be considered for private and aged care sector TPPP places. This can be done by choosing “Opportunities external to SA Health” as one of the Location Preference options and nominating your choice of sector.

A list of participating organisations will be published once confirmed.

Role description

The Registered Nurse Level 1 (RN1) Role Description (PDF 211KB) provides information about the skills, knowledge and attributes considered essential for success.

The Role Description outlines the selection criteria for the RN1 position and is used in the assessment of TPPP applications.

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

You are encouraged to read the above documents to gain an understanding of the RN1 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