NSW Health provides a career pathway called MidStart, for registered nurses to become registered midwives. The program involves employment as a student midwife in a NSW public health facility whilst studying a postgraduate midwifery diploma at university. Recruitment is undertaken annually between June and September for all training positions in the following year.

2020 MidStart recruitment

Applications for the NSW Health 2020 MidStart recruitment close at 10am Thursday 20 June 2019.

Am I eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply for MidStart you must:

  • be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident (New Zealand citizens residing in Australia who hold a current Special Category Visa are considered to have permanent resident status)
  • hold current registration as a Registered Nurse (Division 1) with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia at the time of application.

2020 MidStart handbook

This handbook is designed to provide information on the midwifery profession and assist registered nurses in the application and recruitment process for MidStart.

Midwifery training locations (employers)

Contacts and linksIt is important you give some time to considering the hospital where you wish to apply for a midwifery student position, as well as where you would like to undertake your university studies. Information about employers including locations; intake dates and other relevant information can be found at the individual Local Health Districts and MidStart Coordinators.


You are required to enrol in a recognised postgraduate midwifery degree to participate in MidStart. The process for contacting and applying for a university placement is the responsibility of the applicant and is separate to the MidStart application process.

Further information on postgraduate student midwifery courses in NSW are available from:

How to apply

Applicants apply through a centralised application process. After application the recruitment, selection and employment of students is undertaken by local health districts and hospitals.

Apply online 

For all employment related enquiries such as health facilities, interview information/location and intake dates please contact the relevant Local Health Districts and MidStart Coordinators.

Edit application

You can edit your online application after submission as many times as you like until applications close at 10.00am on Thursday 20 June 2019. Once applications close you will no longer have access to your application.

Edit application 

Need more help ?

For technical assistance please contact customer service 1300 679 367 (Option 3).

For other general enquiries please email Nursing & Midwifery Office or call 1800 330 933.​

Page Updated: Friday 22 November 2019
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