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.
Private practice services
Private psychologists set their own rates and may adjust fees according to the client's financial circumstances. You can contact a psychologist directly for their schedule of fees to see how much seeing them might cost. Many will also have their fees posted in their clinic or available on their website.
The APS publishes a recommended schedule of fees as a guide for psychologists providing private psychology services. The 2017-2018 Recommended Schedule of Fees has set the standard 45 to 60 minute consultation fee at $246. This is a recommendation only. The fee at which a service is set is at the discretion of the individual psychologist so it is important to discuss this with the psychologist or clinic manager.
Medicare rebated services
Medicare benefits are available for a range of specified psychological services for people with certain conditions, including:
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, paediatrician or consultant physician.
Community-based low or no-cost services
Psychologists work in a range of government-operated or government-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.
There are government-funded mental health services for children, youth, adults and the aged with mental health disorders which also offer services at no cost.
Community health centres and local council services also generally charge no or low fees for a psychological consultation. Contact your council, local community health service, or relevant government department in your state to find out if services are available in your area. Your GP may also know the range of services available to you.
Health insurance rebated services
Private health insurers may also rebate part of the cost of psychological consultations. Contact your health insurance provider for further information.