Consultation fees

The fees that psychologists charge vary, and depend on the type of service being offered and the setting in which they work. Your psychologist will advise you at the outset about the fees they charge.  

The Australian Psychological Society has a Schedule of Recommended Fees for private practice psychological services, which may provide some guidance on the cost. APS psychologists may adjust fees according to the client's financial circumstances.

Medicare rebates

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

  • People with mental health disorders (for further information: Download APS Fact Sheet on Medicare rebates - 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 or her GP or in some instances by a psychiatrist or a paediatrician.

Other government payments

Psychologists work in a range of government-operated or funded psychological services, many of which are no or low cost. For example, your consultation may be covered if you are a veteran, a victim of crime, or have been injured in the workplace or in a traffic accident.

Community health centres and local council services also generally charge no or low fees for a psychological consultation. Contact your council, local community health services, or relevant government department in your state  to find if services are available in your area.

Health insurance rebates

Private health insurers may also rebate part of the cost of psychological consultations. Contact your health insurance provider for further information.

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