Australian GP Salary Calculator
When relocating as a GP to Australia, you will want to find out how much you get paid as a GP and what your GP income will be. We’ve given a 2023 update on GP salaries and a link to a useful calculator.
How much do GPs earn in Australia?
First of all, we should say that GPs in Australia don’t earn a ‘salary’ rather get paid via percentage of billings for the work that they do. In Australia GPs are valued healthcare professionals and are paid accordingly.
Your Australian GP salary will vary depending on factors such as how you want to set up your practice i.e. how many hours you want to work and how many patients you wish to see, the location and practice set up.
In the majority of cases, GPs relocating from the UK earn at least the same for doing less hours per week. Realistic GP earnings working in a mixed billing practice in Australia are $300K upwards (£160k)
GP Income Calculator
The RACGP have provided an income calculator where you can input how much you want to earn and how many sessions and patients you want to see. This will give you an indication of how much you will earn working in Australia.
One of our GP clients in Adelaide from the UK is currently working as a GP has used the calculator and finds it to be accurate and a useful tool to use.
Your desired income is $300,000 per year at 70% billings
- 8 sessions per week seeing 4 patients per hour with 6 weeks annual leave per year
- You annual gross billings (the amount before the percentage is taken off) would be $428,571 with the fee for each patient $72.79.
Your desired income is $400,000 per year at 70% billings
- 8 sessions per week seeing 5 patients per hour with 6 weeks annual leave per year
- Your annual gross billings (the amount before the percentage is taken off) would be $571,429 with the fee for each patient $77.64.
How to maximise Australian GP income
We find most UK GPs are relocating to Australia for quality of life, less stress and a better work – life balance. Coupled with the amazing weather and outdoor lifestyle it is a tempting county to live.
Once established, GPs find that their income is higher than back in the UK! “People are friendly, you see fewer patients and have longer appointment times for more pay”
If you are looking to maximise your income whilst you’re in Australia then there a few ways to do this:
Number of hours worked and patients seen
It goes without saying that you are going to make a higher income working 5 days than two. There are many factors but providing great patient care, being available and building a loyal patient base will ensure you have a regular excellent income
Some more complex consultations will attract a higher fee so any areas such as minor surgery, dermatology, mental health and chronic care plans will increase your income potential.
Work out of hours
Private consultation fees and Medicare rebates are generally higher at the weekends and evenings. Practices are free to charge what they deem appropriate so there tends to be an uplift on consult fee for services provided out of hours. Out of hours for Medicare rebates are before 8am or after 6pm on a weekday, after 12noon on Saturday and all day Sunday.