Short term contracts

HealthX partners with the Department of Health and Aged Care, and major hospitals and aged care facilities across Australia, to offer a broad range of opportunities for registered and enrolled nurses and carers

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Benefits of short term nursing and carer contracts

  • Excellent salary including overtime, public holiday rates and supperannuation
  • All travel and accommodation organised and paid for by HealthX  (note for New Zealand nationals; minimum 12-week contract is required to be eligible)
  • Weekly vacancy lists for locations across Australia
  • Dedicated HealthX coordinator and Employment Assistance Program
  •  $500 Referral Bonus*
  •  Completion Incentive*
*Terms and conditions apply

What you need to be a HealthX short term nurse or carer

If you are interested in the benefits of a short term nursing or carer contract with HealthX, you will need:

Working rights

Existing unlimited work rights in Australia.

Nursing qualifications

For nursing roles, AHPRA registration with 2 years’ experience in a relevant clinical setting.

Carer qualifications

For carer roles, Certificate III Individual Support (or equivalent) and minimum 1 year experience.


Flexibility to travel and work in facilities across Australia for periods from 4 weeks up to 1 year.

Working in regional Australia

HealthX proudly partners with Australia’s leading hospitals, health services and aged care providers. From beautiful coast lines to exciting outback communities, you will have full control over selecting the location and role that best suits your circumstances.

HealthX has been awesome to work with, especially in arranging our travel and accommodation”. 

Rhonda & Tania, HealthX AINs

FAQ’s about short term contracts

What is a Short Term Contract?

Short Term Contracts (STC) ensure our partner facilities have the staff they need at all times. HealthX STC candidates are highly experienced and reliable health care workers that work contracts ranging from a few weeks through to several months.

How do I start the process of applying for a short term contract?

Reach out to us via email and our friendly recruitment team will be in touch.

How often do I travel under a Department of Health and Aged Care(DoHA) contract?

Under a DoH contract, you will need to be very flexible as you will be required to rotate to different health care facilities during the contract time. Your travel costs between the location and accommodation during the contract will be organised and paid for by HealthX. The minimum contract length is 12 weeks.

What is a Department of Health and Aged Care (DoHA) emergency surge contract?

This is a Short Term Contract where you will be working under the Department of Health travel nurse/carer arrangement. In addition to an attractive casual pay rate and penalties, you will also get a daily allowance of $127/day. Your role is to provide nursing support to various aged care facilities. This is a great opportunity to travel around Australia at no cost to you, as well as meet new and exciting people at different facilities and locations. Once you are on the contract, your work hours are full time hours. HealthX will organise and pay for your accommodation while on this contract, as well as organise and pay for your transport when you rotate from one location/facility to another.

Do I need to be able to drive?

For most roles, being able to drive would be an advantage, but is not essential. However, some job placements require you to have a current unrestricted driver’s license that allows you to drive in Australia.

What is the accommodation like?

Accommodation can vary depending on the location and facility. It can be on the facility grounds, or in a hotel/ motel/apartment style property close to the facility. Where possible, we source accommodation with laundry and kitchen facilities, which are sometimes shared.

What happens after the contract finishes?

Upon completion of the contract, you will have the option to continue the contract at your current placement. If you are open to another contract option or location, we can help you with that too.

What is the length of a contract?

Contract length ranges from 4 weeks to 6 months or longer, with the minimum contract length being 4 weeks. Some contracts can be flexible to work with your availability.

What location will I be working?

Job locations will vary based on the facility requirements and your location preference at the time you are applying for the role.

What are the pay rates for STC?

Pay rates are based on your qualifications and total years of experience. Different facilities and states/territories may have different pay levels. Pay rates will be presented to you and discussed with the recruiter once a suitable role has been identified.

What is included in a Short Term Contract (STC)?

All travel & accommodation is organised and paid for by HealthX, as well as a generous hourly pay rate with penalties and superannuation.

What are the benefits of working under a HealthX STC?

Constant updates on job openings for a range of regional locations throughout Australia Option for acute and aged care job placements Access to our free training platforms to maintain your CPD points Travel and accommodation is organised and paid for by HealthX Free uniforms Incentive program Attractive pay rates including overtime, holiday pay and superannuation Daily allowance available for certain roles Remote locations available

Do I need working rights in Australia?

Yes, you will need to have full working rights in Australia as we do not offer sponsorship visas for short term contracts.