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 (188kb) [updated June 2012]
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
On 1 November 2006, the Australian Government introduced new Medicare items for psychological treatment by registered psychologists. This service provides considerable assistance to people living with mental heath problems, allowing them greater access to psychologists and providing more affordable mental healthcare.
Under the new Medicare scheme, all registered psychologists who are endorsed by Medicare Australia can provide treatment for mental health problems. Medicare rebates are also available for consultations with specialist clinical psychologists, who are experts in the assessment and treatment of mental disorders.
For further information:
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).