The consultation fees that psychologists charge vary, and depend on the type of service being offered. The Australian Psychological Society has a Schedule of Recommended Fees for private practice psychological services. However, APS psychologists may adjust fees according to the client's financial circumstances.

Recommended fees

Download the APS Schedule of recommended fees  - Acrobat icon - small (188kb) [updated June 2013]
The fee schedule is accompanied by notes and guidelines on applying fees.

Health insurance rebates

Since July 2004, some psychology services are covered under Medicare. Private health insurers may also rebate part of the cost of psychological consultations. Go to Health Insurance Rebates

Medicare rebates

Medicare benefits are available for a range of specified psychology services for people with certain conditions, including:

  • People with mental health disorders (for further information: Download APS Fact Sheet on Medicare rebates - Acrobat icon - small (78kb)
  • Children with autism or any other pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) - aged under 13 years for diagnosis and under 15 years for treatment
  • Children up to 15 years of age with any of the following disabilities: Sight impairment, Hearing impairment, Cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome
  • Women who are concerned about either a current pregnancy, or one that occurred in the previous 12 months
  • People who have a chronic medical condition and complex care needs
  • Follow-up allied health services for people of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent

To be eligible to receive psychological services under Medicare, a person must be referred by his/her GP or in some instances by a psychiatrist or a paediatrician.

Government payments

Most government-operated or -funded psychological services are free or low cost. For example, your consultation may be covered if you are a victim of crime, or have been injured in the workplace or in a traffic accident. Also the Commonwealth Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) covers veterans' consultations. See:

Community health centres and local council services also generally charge no or low fees for a psychological consultation.

GST and psychological services

Some psychological services incur a Goods and Services Tax (GST).