GP Salary Australia – GP income Australia

GPs as independent contractor

The majority of General Practitioners in Australia are independent contractors.

A GP Salary in Australia is based on the number of patients and a percentage of their billings. The percentage vary between 65% and 75% for GPs who are a fellow of the RACGP or ACRRM – also called Vocational Registered GP (VR GP). As an independent contractor you will not generate income if you are with sick leave or annual leave.

Based on 40 hours per week and 48 weeks per year the GP average salary in Australia varies between $275,000 and $350,000 before tax. The variables are the percentage you will receive of your billings, the number of patients you will see and whether they are bulk billing* or private billing patients. *Bulk billing patients are being paid or reimbursed by Medicare.

Feedback from hundreds of practices shows that the average billing per patient in a bulk billing practice is around the $50 – $55. In a practice where there is a mix of bulk patients and private patients, the average billing per patients is around the $55 – $65.

There is no official guideline about how many patients you can see or like to see per hour. From the feedback we received, most GPs see on average 4 to 5 patients per hour.

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Salaried jobs for General Practitioners in Australia

Salaried positions for GPs are not common in Australia. Most salaried GP positions are at Aboriginal Medical Services. They offer a fixed annual base salary from around the $250,000 – $280,000 and 4 weeks paid annual leave and 9.5% superannuation.

Regional and remote Aboriginal Medical Services will often offer a furnished house and car.

If you are considering to work with our Indigenous communities, please find more information at the following website:

How we can help:

We at HealthStaff Recruitment have placed salaried GPs in General Practices. Our experience is that the practices will offer a GP base salary of approximate $180,000 per annum and 70% of the billings whichever is higher. For example, if your billings are $450,00 you will receive a salary of $315,000.

Contact us for confidential discussion if you like to know more about the options we have for you.

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