You might ask the question ‘how much do GPs earn in Australia?’

Perhaps you’ve heard that Australia’s cost of living is high, and are concerned about whether your income will compensate you for this? This page discusses Australian general practitioners’ salaries and gives guidance as to what GPs coming from overseas may expect by way of remuneration.

The first thing to say about GP earnings and career in Australia is that Australian GPs generally live well and have a comfortable lifestyle.

Generally, Australia is more affordable to live in than most other countries due to a lower cost of living. But more importantly, they are not paid a salary! Instead, they are paid a percentage of what they bill. So technically, we are talking about your earnings, rather than a salary. Your percentage of earnings will be set out in your contract terms. Here are some of the factors that will impact your earnings.

The number of work hours

For our national calculations, we have assumed 40 hours a week. The more hours you work the more you earn.

Your average hourly billings

Bulk-billing practices average 5-6 consultations per hour, mixed billing is a little less, perhaps 4-5 per hour.

Percentage of billings you receive

Most practices pay 60-65%. 70% is rare and usually only available at newly established, bulk billing practices.

Number of weeks of leave

For our calculations we have assumed 4 weeks of leave, which is about average for a full-time GP.

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These are indicative earnings of GPs in Australia, based on a 40-hour working week and taking 4 weeks annual leave a year.

Earnings

Bulk Billing
Mixed Billing
60 % of billings

$247,680

$276,480

60 % of billings
65 % of billings

$268,320

$299,520

65 % of billings
70 % of billings

$288,960

$322,560

70 % of billings
Gross Billing

$412,800

For our bulk-billing calculations, we have used an average consultation fee of $45 for bulk billing. The normal rebate is $37 however you may have extra billable items (such as pap smears, health care plans, suturing, etc). You may also charge patients a higher fee for longer consultations. Generally, Australia has moved to a focus on bulk billing, therefore, you may earn more at a bulk billing clinic due to higher patient numbers.

$460,800

Gross Billing
5 patients @ average 43 = 215 average hourly billings
4 patients @ average 60 = 240 average hourly billings

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