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.
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).