Getting paid

GP Jobs in Australia – your income via percentage of billings

The payment mechanism for GPs in Australia is quite complex – you are paid a commission based on the billings you do, which in turn is based on the number of patients / types of illness you see each month.cashregister

As a guide, you’re likely to bill around $400,000 to $430,000 to patients / Medicare in your first year and have gross earnings of over $250,000. Over subsequent years, this should build to $500,000, giving you an income of over  $300,000. This is based on a 40 hour week, 46 weeks of the year. If you choose to work more hours, then your income will rise pro-rata or more

Typically, you’ll be on a commission of 65% to 70%. It could be less but with a bonus or lump sum payment. Very occasionally, practices can offer more if they’re in a difficult to recruit area or are just starting off.

Different types of GP practices offer different deals. As a generalisation, corporately owned practices usually make a lump sum payment to doctors coming from overseas. They then offer a slightly lower percentage to compensate. Privately owned practices usually don’t have money available for a lump sum but can offer a slightly better percentage. Overall though the total amount you’ll get over, say, 3 years is roughly the same, whichever type of practice you work for. The figures are negotiable and do depend on how long a contract you’re willing to agree to.

We can give you a guide as to what should be on offer from the different GP practices in each State / City. However, as the clients sometimes have different terms depending on location and the Medicare arrangements for a particular practice, there is usually some final negotiating to be done on the final package. We are happy to assist with this.


Australia works on a progressive tax system.  The table below shows likely earnings post tax.  (Please note, these are estimates based on figures available from the Australian tax authorities.)

All figures are in Australian Dollars.  Here is an online free currency converter should you wish to change these figures to pounds:

Gross Income (AUD) Tax Percentage Net Income (AUD) Net Income/month (AUD)
$200,000 33% $133,450 $11,120
$210,000 34% $138,800 $11,566
$220,000 34% $144,150 $12,012
$230,000 35% $149,500 $12,458
$240,000 35% $154,850 $12,870
$250,000 36% $160,200 $13,350
$260,000 36% $165,550 $13,795
$270,000 37% $170,900 $14,241
$280,000 37% $176,250 $14,687
$290,000 37% $181,600 $15,133
$300,000 38% $186,950 $15,579
$310,000 38% $192,300 $16,025
$320,000 38% $197,650 $16,437
$330,000 38% $203,000 $16,916
$340,000 39% $208,350 $17,362
$350,000 39% $213,700 $17,808
$360,000 39% $219,050 $18,254
$370,000 39% $224,400 $18,700
$380,000 40% $229,750 $19,145
$390,000 40% $235,100 $19,591
$400,000 40% $240,450 $20,037
I would highly recommend EU Health Staff to any GP looking for work in Australia. They provide a very professional, efficient and friendly service.

As a newly qualified GP with a young family, and having never been to Australia before, the process of finding the right job seemed rather daunting at first. Being matched to the right practice and location was crucial to the success of our move.

Paul, based in the UK, did an excellent job in assessing my needs and interests (and those of my family!) and matching me to the right job/s. This saved me a lot of time and effort. He was also very responsive in replying to my queries, liaising with partners and employers in Australia, arranging interviews, and keeping me up to date with the whole process.

‘Monique, based in Australia, was also immensely helpful as the time of our move approached, and communicated directly with my wife regarding many practical queries that we had. This was great for us as I was busy working full-time and had no time to make calls to Australia at a suitable time; or to reply to emails promptly. Monique also gave us a warm welcome to Perth and was there on my first day at work here.

My wife and I feel as though we were guided by the hand in what could have otherwise been a very confusing and frustrating maze of application forms, registration steps and overseas phone calls. Quite honestly, I don’t think we would have got very far in the process had we attempted it ourselves unaided!

We have been in Perth for almost three months now and already feel settled into work and family life here. The adjustment process has not been as challenging as we expected. We have made friends easily and are enjoying the outdoor lifestyle…even in winter! We are already planning to stay longer than we first anticipated…even buying a house. Many thanks to Paul, Monique and partners for helping to make this move a reality and success for our family! You are the best!
Dr A. R.