Information for Aged Care Organisations

Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) is the peak body representing not for profit church based, charitable and purpose providers of retirement living, residential care and home and community care in Australia.  This Aged Care Graduate Nurse Transition to Practice Program is facilitated by ACSA on behalf of partner Aged Care Providers. 

The Aged Care Sector is one of the fastest growing and rapidly developing industries in Australia, providing secure employment opportunities with structured career pathways.  Attraction to the industry and workforce shortages can be a real challenge at times.  Recognising the importance of investing in the future of the industry and the need to develop first class clinicians and leaders, the ACSA Program provides Organisations with graduate Registered Nurse applicants, education and support to produce experienced clinicians and future leaders who specialise in providing care to older people. 

Our Program

This innovative 12-month program provides guidance to Registered Nurses in their first year of clinical practice through mentorship, on-line professional development sessions presented by expert clinicians and portfolio development.  

The aim of this program is to ensure graduated nurses become confident, safe, competent and professional practitioners within the organisation and choose to stay working within the Sector.

Aged Care Services Organisations actively participate in the Program by:  

  • Promoting the program  
  • Interviewing and recruiting right-fit graduates to participate in the Program. 
  • Identifying experienced Registered Nurses to mentor, guide and support the transition nurse from commencement to completion of the Program.  
  • Preparing the workplace  
  • Ensuring the participating GN is available to attend professional development (PD) sessions 
  • Supporting on the job learning through the implementation of the graduate nurse Individual Development Plan  
  • Attending reference group meetings.   

Coordination role – ACSA 

The Coordinator has an overall role in coordinating the Program, including: 

  • Facilitation of the Graduate Nurse Transition to Practice Reference Group 
  • Facilitate application process between applicants and organisations 
  • Monitor and respond to questions from Graduates and Organisations regarding the Program 
  • Review and update the Graduate Nurse Portfolio (based on feedback from the Reference Group)  
  • Maintain the Workforce Hub (e.g., online graduate “best-fit”, access for Organisations)  
  • Support Mentors through training and networking  
  • Organise Induction and Profession Development training for participants 
  • Facilitate the Transition to Practice Graduate Nurse Collaboration Portal  
  • Keep in regular contact with the Graduates, Mentors and Organisations throughout the Program through our Communities of Practice forums.  

2022 Organisation Graduate Nurse Information Session
(all States and Territories)

The Graduate Nurse Team has provided a recording, 2022 Graduate Nurse Organisation Information Session,  for interested organisations that were unable to attend an information session.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please direct this to: 

The Graduate Nurse Program Team Leader, Bronwyn Doyle bronwyn.doyle@acsa.asn.au 

Organisation Expression of Interest 28th February 2022 intake
(ACT/NSW, QLD & TAS)

For organisations in ACT/NSW, QLD & TAS that would like to express an interest in participating in the 2022 Program please complete the Expression of Interest form.  Please note this is not as commitment but helps us frame up the 2022 Program. 

To register your interest,  click the ‘sign up now‘ button.

For Organisations in other states and territories please email The Graduate Nurse Program Team Leader, Bronwyn Doyle, on bronwyn.doyle@acsa.asn.au 

For further information

For additional information, including fee structure, please contact: 

Bronwyn Doyle RN
Team Leader QLD 
Workforce and Industry Development 
National Lead of the Aged Care Transition to Practice Graduate Nurse Program  

E: Bronwyn.Doyle@acsa.asn.au 

M: 0428 427 939   

ACSA’s Aged Care Transition to Practice Program received funding from the Australian Government Department of Health.