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 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.
The current base salaries for GP registrars are as follows:
GPT 1 – $74,215 ($1,427.21/38 hr week), ($37.55/hour), plus 9.5% superannuation
GPT 2 – $89,226 ($1,715.88/38 hr week), ($45.15/hour) plus 9.5% superannuation
GPT 3 & 4 – $95,295 ($1,832.60/38 hr week), ($48.22/hour), plus 9.5% superannuation
The negotiated percentage of billings or receipts for GP registrars is currently set at:
Calculating the superannuation percentage is not as simple as adding 9.5%.
9.5 % of 44.79% is 4.25505%, so you will have to pay 4.25505% on top of the top-up payment to the registrars nominated superannuation fund in addition to the superannuation paid on their base salary.
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.
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.