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ANMF Graduate Nurse and Midwife Roundtable


The ANMF brought together over 30 nursing and midwifery leaders and key industry stakeholders for unprecedented roundtable discussions on ways to secure employment for more than 3,000 highly-educated Australian nursing and midwifery graduates. We know that the situation will only worsen unless people in the position to make real change find solutions to improve employment opportunities for graduates. The Roundtable included representatives of the Council of Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, the Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery, the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurse and Midwives, the Australian College of Midwives, federal politicians, public sector and aged care employers, nurse educators, a number of professional nursing associations and, new graduates themselves. 

A working party has been formed and continues to work collaboratively committed to ongoing work to find solutions.

Survey of Grad Nurses and Midwives
The ANMF conducted a previous survey of nursing and midwifery graduates in 2014 to get a snapshot of information on employment opportunities for newly graduated nurses and midwives. A number of themes, were raised by those respondents who had not been able to secure employment. These included:

  • No offer of employment due to lack of experience
  • Without completion of a ‘new graduate program’ can’t get work
  • Lack of jobs available for new graduates 
  • Many have applied for multiple positions – 15, 20, 30, 35 – without luck
  • Some are working in administration or retail just to get by. | Read more

ANMF Submission into 457 Integrity Review
In 2014 Federal Government appointed an expert panel to review the current regulations on employers accessing skilled labour offshore, including nurses and midwives. The ANMF submission focused on the high numbers of new nursing and midwifery graduates who have been finding it difficult to get work.


Survey respondents who had secured employment were employed across a wide range of clinical areas, including several specialty areas such as peri-operative, critical care, NICU and mental health with a majority of those employed in the public sector. However, very few of these nurses and midwives, as indicated earlier, had secured permanent jobs so will therefore be facing another round of job seeking once they have completed their transition programs.


Representatives attending the National Graduate Nurse and Midwife Roundtable in December 2014.