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Becoming a paramedic

Ambulance accepts applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants of the following groups are strongly encouraged to apply: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people who speak a first language other than English and women. To be eligible to apply, you need to hold either citizenship or permanent residency in Australia, or citizenship in New Zealand.

Here are the main ways you can become a paramedic:

  • Complete tertiary studies at an accredited Australian or New Zealand university and apply.
  • Do a vocational program while working full time with Ambulance.
  • Have your qualifications assessed, if you're already working as a qualified paramedic in Australia or internationally.

Graduate entry 

Applications for the 2014 Trainee Paramedic Recruitment Campaign closed on 15 September 2013.


Successful applicants will be considered for positions commencing with Ambulance in 2014.

Applicants who have completed a tertiary degree in pre hospital care or are in their final year of studying this degree can apply. Once accepted, graduates complete a one year mentored program leading to recognition as a Qualified Paramedic. Salaries commence at a higher rate - Paramedic Intern Year 2, $53,415.

The degree is available at the following universities in New South Wales:

Successful applicants with no prior medical experience can undertake the nationally accredited Diploma of Paramedical Science over three years delivered by the Ambulance Education Centre in Sydney. Salaries commence at the trainee paramedic base of $50,963.

  • Applicants working within the health system

Applicants already working within the health system (eg nurses) may be able to fast track their training or commence on a higher rate of pay. Ambulance assesses qualifications and experience during the application process.

For example, a registered nurse with 12 months experience in an acute care setting in a large hospital may commence on the base salary of Paramedic Intern Yr2 $53,415 (plus additional penalty rates) and become a fully qualified paramedic after 41 weeks of training. Acute care is defined as: Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit and Coronary Care Unit.

Qualified paramedics and intensive care paramedics entry

Qualified paramedics currently employed in the ambulance industry are welcome to apply. Applicants need to meet the appropriate clinical level, experience and successfully progress through our recruitment process. To be eligible to apply, you need to hold either citizenship or permanent residency in Australia, or citizenship in New Zealand. To apply please contact and advise which application information you would like, ie. the permanent paramedic or casual paramedic application form etc. We encourage applications from all qualified paramedics, particularly from candidates within the following groups:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  • People who speak a first language other than English
  • Women

More information

Now that you know about the different ways you can become a paramedic, find out more about the paramedic education and training program.

Or if you've studied already and want to see if it's recognised, click here to find out.

Ready to apply? Click here to start your application.