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.
Download the APS Schedule of recommended fees 2014-15 (65kb) [updated June 2014]
The fee schedule is accompanied by notes and guidelines on applying fees.
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 benefits are available for a range of specified psychology services for people with certain conditions, including:
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.
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.
Some psychological services incur a Goods and Services Tax (GST).