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GP Registrar remuneration

The National Terms and Conditions for the Employment of Registrars (NTCER) set out the agreed rates of pay for GP registrars at each stage of training. These rates are enforced through the Commonwealth Government contracts signed by RTOs agreeing to ensure that training practices adhere to the NTCER.

The current agreement requires that GP registrars, regardless of stage of training MUST be engaged as employees of the training practice.

GP registrars are entitled to receive either the base salary or the percentage of receipts/billings, whichever is greater. As this may fluctuate from week to week. GPSA recommends that practices adhere to paying registrars the base rate for their specific stage of training and then a top-up payment not less than every 13 weeks of the difference between what they have already been paid in base salary and their percentage of Medicare billings or receipts.

BASE RATES OF PAY

The current base salaries for GP registrars are as follows:

GPT 1/ PRRT 1 – $75,328.23 ($1,448.62/38 hr week), ($38.12/hour), plus 9.5% superannuation

GPT 2/ PRRT 2 – $90,564.39 ($1,741.62/38 hr week), ($45.83/hour) plus 9.5% superannuation

GPT 3 & 4/ PRRT 3 & 4 – $96,724.43 ($1,860.09/38 hr week), ($48.95/hour), plus 9.5% superannuation

AMA Advice of GP Registrar Base rates of pay indexation – July 2018

NEED TO ADJUST YOUR PAYROLL?

Have you been caught unaware of the change in the base rate of pay? You can use GPSA’s calculator to work out how much needs to be back-paid at the new base rate:

Calculator where backpay is payable

Why the delay?
There has been a Medicare freeze in place for so long (5 years) that none of the staff that had this corporate knowledge of the last increase and the communication strategy around same are still in place. In fact it is fair to say we believed that it would apply to the next NTCER agreement. On closer inspection of the NTCER it very clearly states that it is to be applied to the term immediately following every MBS increase.
How often do MBS increases affect the base rates?
Only when the MBS item numbers increase, which traditionally would only occur on 1 July each year. Other than the last five years.
When does the increase commence?
The new rates apply only from term two in 2018.
  • WAGPET – 16 July
  • NTGPE – 23 July
  • GPTQ – 23 July
  • GMT – 23 July
  • GPTT – 30 July
  • GP Synergy – 6 August
  • GPEx – 6 August
  • MCCCGPT – 6 August
  • EVGPT – 6 August
What circumstances would warrant backpay?
Where a practice only pays the base salary with a percentage top up at longer intervals the registrar will be entitled to an adjustment. Where a registrar is paid their percentage weekly or fortnightly, if they have generated less in percentage than the base salary, there will be likely backpay due.
What circumstances wouldn’t warrant backpay?
Where a registrar has earnt a percentage that is higher than the base salary in most circumstances there will be no need for backpay. As the percentage only kicks in once the base salary has been exceeded for the same agreed interval, most who have received a percentage will have earnt more than the new base rate anyway – keeping in mind that the MBS increase was 1.5% (meaning little more than 50c per hour).
We appreciate the delay to this information is really inconvenient for everyone and thank you for your understanding and support to get the information out there as best we all can.

MEDICARE PERCENTAGE

The negotiated percentage of billings or receipts for GP registrars is currently set at:

  • 44.79%, plus 9.5% superannuation

NEGOTIATING THE PERCENTAGE

The negotiations have been conducted for you. So why make your life and your practice’s financial situation more difficult.

Make no mistake. Registrars are provided with education from both their professional organisation and sometimes their RTO in how to negotiate. They will come prepared – so should you! Your registrar will attempt to negotiate a higher percentage. You do this at your own risk. Do not forget that as an employee your registrar may now be costing you payroll tax and will certainly be costing you workers compensation insurance. You are also required to pay for the registrar’s annual and sick leave, whereas previously, when registrars could be engaged as a contractor, the practice did not bare these costs.

GPSA does not recommend paying registrars higher than the agreed NTCER percentage.

 

Please Note

Understand the Difference!

Your registrar is entitled to the DIFFERENCE between the base salary already paid and their percentage of billings or receipts not less than every 13 weeks.