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Becoming a paramedic

Becoming a paramedic

NSW Ambulance accepts applications from people with a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants from 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.

Qualified paramedic

Qualified paramedics who have an accredited qualification and can demonstrate satisfactory knowledge and understanding of ambulance practice can apply to NSW Ambulance as a qualified paramedic. Qualified paramedics may apply at any time. For more information please visit the Qualified Paramedics recruitment page.

Paramedic intern

The 2015 paramedic intern recruitment campaign begins on 1 August 2014 and will close on 25 August 2014.

Applicants who have completed an accredited tertiary qualification in paramedical studies or are in their final year of studying this qualification are welcomed to apply.

Accredited courses can be found through the Council of Ambulance Authorities website.

For more information regarding paramedic courses - including content, entry requirements and the universities that offer them in NSW - visit UTAS - Paramedic Practice, CSU - Clinical Practice (Paramedic), UWS - Paramedicine.

Recruitment and selection process

STEP 1: Are you ready to apply for a paramedic intern role?

You will need:

  • Proof you have completed, or are in the final year of study, of an accredited course, as well as certified copies of relevant qualifications and an official transcript of currently enrolled subjects.
  • Proof of Australian or New Zealand citizenship or Autralian permanent residency (i.e. passport, birth certificate).
  • Proof of Australian driver's licence including current driving history from each country and state you have driven in.
  • A current resume and details of two (2) referees.
  • A completed Form 188 with evidence of vaccination records.

As a paramedic you must be willing to:

  • Potentially relocate to any part of NSW as required by NSW Ambulance.
  • Have and maintain a good level of medical and physical fitness to pass our health assessments.
  • Obtain an unrestricted light rigid (LR) licence before starting employment.

STEP 2: Submitting your application

All paramedic intern positions are advertised on eRecruit via

Once applications are open, you will be required to upload all the documentation mentioned in Step 1 and address the selection criteria. These criteria are essential requirements for the role of paramedic intern.

In addressing the selection criteria, you should explain your skills, knowledge and experience that supports your application.

STEP 3: I've applied - what happens next?

Your application will pass through several stages during the recruitment selection process. Essentially the application process will follow the seven key stages below. Applicants are assessed at each stage and successful candidates are added to the eligibility list in order of merit.

Stage One Submit your application, address all selection criteria online and upload all documentation. (See Step 1)
Stage Two If your application is suitable, you will be invited to progress to the assessment stage
Stage Three Competitive applicants are invited to attend an interview
Stage Four Following interviews, competitive applicants will commence pre-employment clearance. This means we will contact your nominated referees, undertake a service check register review, and (if required) conduct a National Criminal Record Check
Stage Five If your results from Stage Four are satisfactory, you will be requested to obtain a Working with Children Check
Stage Six Once cleared through the Working with Children Check, applicants are invited to attend the health assessment.
Stage Seven If you satisfy the health assessment and have competitively progressed through every selection stage, you will be informed that your application is successful. This does not mean you automatically have a job with NSW Ambulance; it means that you are placed on the eligibility list and when vacancies arise throughout the year they will be offered to applicants on this waiting list in merit order.


STEP 4: I didn't get in... now what?

Applicants may re-apply during the next recruitment campaign. Paramedic intern recruitment occurs every year. NSW Ambulance also advertises regularly on eRecruit ( for positions such as trainee communications assistant, trainee control centre officer, patient transport officer and other corporate roles.

Trainee paramedic

Applications are currently closed for trainee paramedic entry.

Applicants with no prior medical experience can apply for trainee paramedic positions. As a trainee paramedic, you will undertake the nationally-accredited Diploma of Paramedical Science over three years delivered by the NSW Ambulance Education Centre in Sydney.

Applicants already working within the health system (e.g. nurses) may be able to fast-track their training or commence on a higher rate of pay through the trainee paramedic pathway. NSW Ambulance assesses qualifications and experience during the application process. For more information, visit Recognition of Prior Learning.

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.

Still haven't got all your questions answered? Contact us for further assistance.