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Graduate Health Finance Management Program

Graduate Health Finance Management Program 2024 intake applications are now closed.

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Duration: Two years 
Start date: February each year

Our Graduates receive an immersive learning experience that combines practical work experience, with progression through the Certified Practising Accounting Program and industry related finance development opportunities through Health Financial Management Association.

Our Graduates complete various placements across the District, or related health sector organisations, where they develop skills and an understanding of the public health system. During the first year of the Program, our Grads complete three placements, with the second year of the Program dedicated to one 12 month placement.

Each placement has a dedicated supervisor, who is a senior executive and the Graduates mentor for the placement, including:

  • Executive Director of Finance, Sydney Local Health District
  • Deputy Director of Finance, Sydney Local Health District
  • District Revenue Manager, Sydney Local Health District
  • Finance Director, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney Local Health District
  • Finance Manager, Concord Hospital, Sydney Local Health District
  • Finance Manager, Canterbury Hospital, Sydney Local Health District
  • Director Corporate Services and Finance, Balmain Hospital, Sydney Local Health District

Upon successful completion of the Program, Graduates may be offered a six month position within the District, which is an opportunity to consolidate the skills developed during the previous two years. The District will also continue to fund your Certified Practising Accounting Program fees, as you progress to more senior positions within the District.

Study while you work

As part of the Program, Grads are enrolled in a Certified Practising Accounting Program (funded by Sydney Local Health District).

Graduates are required to complete a number of professional development courses through Sydney Education (the District’s education service). These courses aim to provide our Grads with the skills and capabilities required of health finance leaders.

As staff members of the District and NSW Health, Grads will also have access to the full range of courses available via both Sydney Education, the Health Education & Training Institute (HETI) and Health Finance Management Association.

Education is also provided via monthly Learning Sets, where a senior executive present on a specific area relevant to their portfolio. The Learning Sets provide the opportunity for our Grads to get together to network and share experiences and learnings.

A key component of the Program is the development of our Finance Graduates through formal and informal mentorship; be that through your placement supervisor, others within your placement workplace, between graduates or the Program Coordinator.


  • Payment of your Certified Practising Accounting Program fees and access to up to three supported study leave days per semester.
  • Four weeks of annual leave and 12 allocated days off per year.
  • Access to Salary Packaging, an employee tax benefit scheme that can reduce your taxable income and increase your take home pay.
  • Access to the District’s Get Healthy program; including the Fitness Passport, which provides members with access to a range of fitness facilities.
  • Competitive starting salary of approximately $66,000 per annum plus superannuation.
  • Upon successful completion of the Program, Grads may be offered the opportunity of a six month position with Sydney Local Health District.


To be eligible for the Program, you must hold an undergraduate degree in accounting, finance, economics or related discipline from a recognised university and be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident. If your undergraduate degree is from an overseas university, please confirm with the Certified Practising Accounting Australia that your degree is recognised.

The Program is designed to develop financial management skills (previous experience is not required). Please note: this program is not recommended for those with extensive accountancy experience.

Our program is aimed at early career candidates (though there is no age limit).

In Sydney Local Health District we are very proud of the diversity of our workforce. All people, abilities, cultures, genders, identities, languages and sexualities welcome here.

Application process

Stage one: online application

Online applications for the 2024 intake must be submitted by 11.59pm on Sunday, 10 September 2023.

Due to the high number of applications received, late applications are not able to be accepted.

When submitting your online application, you will need to attach a current resume and a copy of your university transcript.

You will also need to provide a written response to the each of the eight selection criteria (found in the Position Description in the links above). Each response should be no more than 300 words each.

Please ensure you read all of the information in the job advertisement and attach all required documentation when applying, as only complete applications will be considered.

Stage two: preliminary assessment

Following review of the online applications, applicants selected to progress to the next stage will be invited to participate in a preliminary virtual interview and writing and data skills assessments.

Further information will be provided to candidates invited to this stage.

Stage three: final assessment

Following the preliminary interview and writing and data skills assessments, applicants selected to progress to the final stage will be invited to attend an in-person interview.

The interview will involve a series of questions asked across three interview stations, with one station requiring the delivery of a presentation.

After the interviews, necessary reference and employment checks will be completed. Offers of employment will then be made to the successful candidates.

All applicants will be advised in writing of the outcome of their application once the recruitment process has been finalised.

2023 key dates  

Online applications

Friday 11 August to Sunday 10 September

Written and data assessments

Wednesday 20 to Tuesday 26 September

Virtual interviews

Monday 25 to Thursday 28 September

In person interviews

Wednesday 11 October

Contact us

For more information about the Sydney Local Health District Graduate Health Management Program, please contact Puneet Datta, A/Executive Director, Finance via Puneet.Datta@health.nsw.gov.au or on 02 9515 9121.