Living and Working as a GP in Australia

Working as a GP in Australia

Practice models vary widely, however, most GPs work in a group medical practice, where they have administrative and nursing support. Many practices now also employ allied health practitioners, dentists and a range of other health professionals to provide team-based care – particularly for the management of chronic illness. You can work for a private practice or in a public (government funded) practice.

Happy Australian doctor familyThe earning potential of a GP depends on a number of things including your level of qualifications and experience, the location and the hours you work. Click here for a more detailed description of the typical GP salary.

Working hours for doctors vary but ideally, employers are looking for doctors who are willing to work between 24-50 hours a week, however, if you wish to work less it is usually possible. A typical session is half a day (either morning or afternoon) but most practices are very flexible to support doctors in caring for family responsibilities.

Australia is very multicultural, particularly in the larger cities. Some towns and cities are more multicultural than others so it’s good to understand the multicultural mix in the area in which you are considering working. As a doctor, you will work with patients from a range of places; Asia, India, Africa, Europe, and a range of religions. So it’s important that you are comfortable with this and understand some of the cultural sensitivities certain groups have (e.g. Muslim women will often only see female doctors).

Living in Australia

Work/life balance – While it is difficult to make comparisons with other nations, Australians are thought of as relaxed and easy going. But there is also a lot of reliable data to suggest that Australians work very hard. What we do know is that the climate and geography of Australia provide lots of opportunities for outdoor leisure and relaxation. We also know that most employers are respectful of family commitments and provide leave on full pay for about five weeks in the year. Read more

Working in Australia

Australia is rich with job opportunities. There are certainly plenty of jobs for doctors in Australia.

So if you are coming with a partner or grown children, they shouldn’t have too many problems finding work either. This will obviously depend on their occupation and where you live. But we take all of these things into account when helping you find the right Australian based GP job or medical specialist job.

Settling in one Australian city also doesn’t mean you have to stay there forever. For example, if you want to move from Perth to Sydney after a while, our consultants can help you realise those plans. 

Taxes – In Australia are a little higher than some developed countries. However, many Doctors use accountants to find ways to legally reduce their tax obligations. This can be done with trusts/companies/investing in property and a range of other measures your accountant will recommend. The tax year ends 30 June each year. We can’t give specific information about this but we can put you in contact with an accountant. For more information about tax go to the Australian Tax Office website.

Tax rates 2016-17

Taxable income Tax on this income
0 – $18,200 Nil
$18,201 – $37,000 19c for each $1 over $18,200
$37,001 – $87,000 $3,572 plus 32.5c for each $1 over $37,000
$87,001 – $180,000 $19,822 plus 37c for each $1 over $87,000
$180,001 and over $54,232 plus 45c for each $1 over $180,000

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