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As a nurse, you'll provide high quality, patient-focused nursing care through health assessments, health care and general management of patients.

Our nurses also provide support and assistance to other health providers.

The role

Working closely with general practitioners (medical officers), pharmacists and other prison and health service staff, you will plan, organise and manage the provision of health care in accordance with the profession's highest principles and ethics as well as requirements of law.

You will help develop and employ harm prevention and harm minimisation strategies that make a difference to the lives of prisoners and juvenile detainees.

The benefits

Our nurses enjoy a range of great benefits including:

  • flexible working conditions
  • career development opportunities
  • competitive salary for enrolled nurses and for registered nurses $72,237-$76,750 per annum plus superannuation, allowances and shift penalties
  • generous leave entitlements (fixed-term contract and permanent staff) including:
    • 4 weeks annual leave
    • personal leave
    • parental leave (paid and unpaid)
    • study leave
    • long service leave after 10 years
    • purchased leave
  • regional incentives (depending on the location)
  • the opportunity to work in an interesting environment with a multi-discipline team that provides quality care to prisoners and juvenile detainees.


When positions are advertised, the eligibility requirements will be outlined in the individual job advertisement. Some positions require a current Working with Children check or the ability to successfully apply for one to be eligible for appointment as a nurse (this check is undertaken by the department).

You'll need to be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen or have a valid working visa for Australia.

If you are an applicant outside Australia, refer to our International Recruitment page.

Registered nurses are required to have current registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority (AHPRA) and significant post-registration experience in mental health/addictions.

You'll also need clinical skills in the management of clients with mental health and/or addictions issues, with a demonstrated ability to manage and coordinate care at a personal and unit level.

Contact us

Further information about the Department's Clinical Nurse (RN2) positions can be obtained from the Health Services HR team.

Telephone: +61 8 9264 1385.

For more information about careers with the Department, refer to the working with us page or a list of current vacancies in the Department.

Page last updated: 17-Oct-2016