SA Ambulance Service Patient Transfer Officers (PTOs) respond to requests for non-emergency care and transportation of patients.

PTO’s take care of patients, applying appropriate treatment whilst in transit and work closely with key stakeholders including hospital and nursing home staff to ensure patients requiring transportation receive the highest level of service.


Improving outcomes for Aboriginal people

SAAS is committed to increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples participation in our workforce. Supporting our commitment is the opportunity for persons of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent to apply for our Patient Transfer Officer Cadetship Program. The Cadetship Program provides a culturally safe and supportive framework to assist you to successfully perform the role of Patient Transfer Officer with SAAS, whilst undertaking supported study and workplace orientation.

Cadetships are advertised via the State Government’s Aboriginal Employment Register, as well as in specific Aboriginal media, IWORKFORSA and the SA Health Careers website. If you are interested, we would encourage you to set up a job alert or register via the State Government’s Aboriginal Employment Register so you do not miss out on these opportunities.

If you enjoy helping others, being part of a strong and supportive team culture, and have excellent customer service skills, this position may be for you.

Enjoy a flexible role in a supportive workplace

By working closely with colleagues to support South Australians who are in need of help, PTOs develop close friendships and relationships with their teams and enjoy a sense of accomplishment and achievement in their efforts to help others.

PTO shifts are mostly Monday – Friday, with some shifts on weekends. Shift times range from 07:00 to 16:30, all 8.5 hours with half hour lunch breaks. Roster configurations can be dependent on the station the role is rostered to.


To be considered for a PTO position, applicants must meet the following pre-employment requirements:

  • Able to provide a current Working With Children Check and National Police Check (General Probity & Vulnerable Persons) prior to commencement
  • Hold a driver’s licence that does not legally restrict your ability to drive operational ambulance vehicles

Successful applicants are required be complete a HLT41120 Certificate IV in Health Care which is supported and paid for by SA Ambulance Service. Other relevant medical and functional tests will be undertaken as well as verbal, numeric and abstract reasoning assessments designed to assess applicant reasoning skills.

SA Ambulance Service is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO 0264).

How to apply

Patient Transfer Officer – Pool – (Multiple Positions)

Patient Transfer Officer - Full Time, Part Time and Casual Pool (Multiple Vacancies)

“I love what I do and I feel privileged. I try to make the journey the best it can be when it’s really hard. The team at SAAS is a close family team, many are long term employees, and we’re a very diverse bunch. I feel very privileged to have this job. It is essential in patient’s time of need, to make their journey be the best in can be. ”

Julie-Ann, Patient Transport Officer
Join Julie-Ann and the team at SA Ambulance Service and enjoy a meaningful career.