Working in private practice

Most doctors in Australia work in private practice, where they charge patients a fee for services provided.

Medicare provider number

If you plan to work in private practice, either as a GP or a specialist, you’ll need to apply for a Medicare provider number. This also applies to public hospital doctors who have a right to private practice.

This enables your patients to claim rebates for the services you provide under the Medicare program, Australia’s public healthcare system.

Most overseas trained doctors are subject to Medicare provider number restrictions.

Medicare provider number application forms
Medicare provider number restrictions

Starting your own business

If you’re eligible to work in private practice and will be setting up your own business, you’ll find valuable information about running a business in Australia on the Business Entry Point website. It includes application forms, Australian Business Number (ABN) registration, Goods and Services Tax (GST) registration, and more.

Business Entry Point

Practice accreditation

If you’ll be working in general practice, practice accreditation may be of interest to you. Although general practice accreditation is voluntary, most Australian general practices are accredited. Accreditation provides a range of benefits, including access to Medicare’s Practice Incentives Program.

Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL)

AGPAL provides information and accreditation for Australia’s general practices.

Quality Practice Australia Pty Ltd

Quality Practice Australia (refer to themselves as GPA) provides information and accreditation for Australia’s general practices.

Support organisations

The Drs Reference Site

The Drs Reference Site lists a wide range of resources for medical practices - everything you need to know about setting up a medical practice in Australia.

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)

Practical support in the form of tools and information, to help GPs and their practice teams provide safe and high quality care to their patients.

My GeneralPractice

A website that puts clinical, practice and education focused online resources at the fingertips of Australian GPs, Practice Managers and Practice Nurses.