The SA Ambulance Service (SAAS) Graduated Paramedic Pathway (GPP) is specifically designed to provide an alternate employment pathway to becoming a paramedic.

It provides a stepped education and clinical progression approach that includes completing HLT51020 Diploma of Emergency Health Care (Central Queensland University RTO Code 40939) before progressing to Bachelor of Paramedical Science (degree).

SAAS covers course fees for the diploma, while all degree expenses are self-funded by the GPP student whilst being employed by SAAS.

As a GPP student, individuals join a team of dedicated professionals providing rapid response, emergency medical assessment, treatment, care and transportation of patients within the pre-hospital environment.

GPP positions are based in the SAAS Country Operations division, spread across the six rural South Australia regions. SAAS will determine the location for each successful candidate based on current vacancies, organisational need and with consideration for the applicant’s location preferences identified in the recruitment process.


To check your eligibility for future intakes and any other requirements you need to meet, refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

How to apply

Please set up  job alerts on the SA Health Careers and IWorkForSA websites, so you can receive instant email notifications when this role is next advertised.

The next advertisement for the Graduated Paramedic Pathway vacancy and induction dates have not yet been decided for 2023. We encourage you to set up a Job Alert on the IWorkKforSA page or SA Health Careers website so that in the event SA Ambulance Service embarks on a relevant recruitment campaign that suits your experience, you will be notified.

The South Australian public sector promotes diversity and flexible ways of working including part-time options. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the flexible working arrangements for this role noting that during the actual training program you will be required to work full time. Appointment will be subject to a satisfactory Criminal History Check. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are encouraged to apply.


Information session video – July 2022

“It is a great opportunity and an excellent pathway to set me up for a life long career. My mentors and team leaders have been very supportive. It was a huge switch from patient transport officer to working under the scope of a paramedic; it's been a learning curve for both paramedics and myself but has been a really positive experience. Looking forward to the next few years. ”

Gemma, Graduated Paramedic