NSW Government Hunter New England Local Health District

It’s a great time to join Hunter New England Local Health District. Apply now for one of our eligible regional and rural positions. You could benefit under the NSW Health Rural Workforce Incentive Scheme!

Remuneration: $70,049 – $98,351 per annum + super + salary packaging + incentives
Employment Type: Permanent Full Time
Position Classification: Registered Nurse
Location: Armidale Hospital
Hours Per Week: Up to 38 hours
Requisition ID: REQ458302
Applications close: 18.01.2024

Registered Nurse – Paediatric Ward
Armidale Hospital

About the Role:

  • Do you love working with children and their families? Our unit is looking for a Registered Nurse to provide safe compassionate care within the unit, ensuring care is delivered in collaboration with patients/families/carers and a multidisciplinary team.
  • You will be an advocate for our local paediatric patients and their families while they access our service.
  • You will be able to escalate concerns appropriately and collaborate with all members of the multidisciplinary healthcare team.
  • A comprehensive orientation to the unit will be provided to the successful candidate.

Where you’ll be working:

  • The Armidale Paediatric Unit is an 8-bed general Paediatric Unit caring for infants, children and young people across the Armidale and Northern Tablelands region.
  • Armidale is the main hub of the New England High Country, and is one of Australia’s most elegant regional locations, with its 19th-century churches and heritage architecture.
  • A graceful city of tree-lined streets, Armidale is a five-and-a-half hour drive from Sydney and less than 90 minutes from Tamworth, with flights between Sydney and Armidale operating daily.
  • Armidale is surrounded by beautiful forests, mountain gorges, national parks, and waterfalls, including Wollomombi Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in Australia.


  • Rural health incentives apply, see below.
  • Four weeks annual leave (pro-rata for part-time employees)
  • 6 weeks annual leave (for eligible full-time nurses)
  • Up to 12 allocated days off each year (for full-time employees)
  • Superannuation contributions 11%
  • Salary packaging – Up to $9k for living expenses + $2.6k meal & entertainment + Novated leasing.
  • Fitness Passport
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for staff and family members
  • Did you know NSW Health offer scholarships to eligible Nurses and Midwives?
    HNELHD support and encourage ongoing professional development for all of our Nurses and Midwives: Learn more 2024 postgraduate scholarships – Nursing and midwifery scholarships (nsw.gov.au).

Rural Health Workforce Incentive Scheme

This vacancy is eligible for an Attraction and Relocation package that includes the following*:

  • Attraction incentive paid as a Rural and Regional fortnightly allowance of up to $10,000 for the first 12-months
  • Retention incentive of up to $10,000 thereafter annually
  • PLUS 3 months accommodation assistance (e.g. rent payments, mortgage re-payments, payments for commercial accommodation)
  • All payments and reimbursements made to part time employees will be on a pro-rata basis.

Attraction incentives will be paid as a Rural and Regional fortnightly allowance on top of your base salary.

Other forms of payment/package options (where you are eligible) need to be negotiated with the Convenor and may include**: ??

  • Additional annual professional development days (up to 5 more per year)
  • Additional personal leave (up to 5 more per year)
  • Computer/internet reimbursement (e.g. laptop, wi-fi costs)
  • Return airfare to and from your work base (or equivalent motor vehicle allowance) so you can still visit family and friends.
**The total value of your incentive package would remain the same. Employees are responsible for seeking independent financial advice before accepting an Attraction and Retention Incentive package as part of their offer.

Need more information?

2) Find out more about applying for this position
For role related queries or questions contact Jo Humphris at Joanne.Humphris@health.nsw.gov.au

Information for Applicants:

  • An eligibility list will be created for future permanent full or part time and temporary full or part time vacancies.
  • Job share / part time arrangements will be considered.
  • To be eligible for employment in this position you must be an Australian Citizen, or permanent resident of Australia, or a New Zealand citizen with a current New Zealand Passport, or hold an appropriate visa that allows you to live and work in Australia. Employment of a temporary visa holder will only be offered in line with the conditions and expiry date of your visa.
  • We are unable to accommodate visa sponsorship for applicants requiring a visa for this position.
  • Applicants will be assessed against the essential requirements and selection criteria contained within the position description (link below). For assistance addressing selection criteria visit: https://bit.ly/3vL5fq2
    Stepping Up Website is a resource designed to help indigenous job applicants apply for positions in NSW Health. For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/HNEHealthSteppingUp.
    This is a Category A position. Recommended applicants will be reviewed for compliance with NSW Health policy directive PD2023_022: Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Specific Diseases for Category A positions prior to offer. All new employees must agree to comply with the requirements outlined in the policy.
    All NSW Health workers are required to have completed a primary course of a COVID-19 vaccine which has been approved or recognised by the Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA). New applicants must have completed the vaccination course prior to commencement with NSW Health or provide an approved medical contraindication certificate (AIR Immunisation History Statement) certifying the worker cannot have any approved COVID-19 vaccines available in NSW.
  • Acceptable proof of COVID-19 vaccination is the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) Immunisation History Statement (IHS), or AIR COVID-19 Digital Certificate, or AIR COVID-19 and Influenza IHS. Booster doses are highly recommended for all health care workers who have completed the primary course of COVID-19 vaccinations.?
  • Salary Packaging: is beneficial to most HNELHD employees and may increase your take-home pay! Salary package a range of personal expenses including novated motor vehicle leases, relocation expenses, and HECS/HELP debt. Find out more by contacting SalaryPackagingPLUS! via nswhealth@salarypackagingplus.com.au or 1300 40 25 23.
  • HNE Health employees may be eligible for a range of benefits?such as allocated days off (ADO) for full time employees, long service leave, paid maternity leave, and salary packaging options including meal expenses.


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