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Staff are very efficient in making sure paperwork was done properly and in a timely manner. I am very happy with the service and would recommend IMR/LocumBank to my colleagues - Dr Wu
All help and support from IMR was amazing and made the difficult process of moving from overseas almost simple - Dr McDonald, GP
Impressive, consistent, knowledgeable, and unflinching in their moral support. I've never known a recruitment agency to take so much care and detail, and show such commitment to prospective clients - Dr Suriya, Psychiatrist
They went out of their way in helping me fill the mountain of forms and liaise with people, and are still helping me now. I am indebted - Dr Suriya, Psychiatrist
Your services have been excellent and I have had minimal difficulties in getting to where I have wanted. Your staff are extremely friendly and reliable - Dr Rai, House Officer
IMR have great knowledge and experience in medical recruitment with a high standard of services, along with excellent communication skills and professionalism - Dr Murali, GP
We have successfully recruited a number of high quality medical staff through IMR and have always found their service to be highly professional, efficient, and effective, with timely responses to our enquiries - C Byrne, Mental Health Services
We have found IMR to be very helpful, prompt and easy to contact - K Balcombe, Medical Staffing Unit
IMR have shown a high level of professionalism in dealing with a multi-staged process, and guided me with great efficiency and a deep sense of timing - Dr Bangash, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
I would not have been here (in New Zealand) without IMR's constant help and guidance - Dr Sadani, Transfusion Medicine Specialist
I was particularly impressed by the high level of service given to me. I received regular emails and phone calls providing me with updates and information on the next steps throughout the process - Dr O'Luanaigh, Psychiatrist
From the outset, IMR gave me a timeline for how long the process would take, and they were 100% accurate on that. This made planning for the move that much easier - Dr O'Luanaigh, Psychiatrist
IMR's communication is of a high standard and they are able to respond to candidates' concerns in a clear, professional manner - K Kempthorne, Radiology Dept
I would recommend IMR to other Recruitment Advisors as a good source of doctors, and a trustworthy company to work with - N Copson, Recruitment Advisor
We find IMR to be very professional and always exceptionally quick in responding to emails and phone calls - J O'Neill, Health Service CEO
I found IMR very knowledgeable in all aspects concerned with recruiting physicians, particularly the issues that are specific to practice in a foreign country - Dr Fennell, Anaesthetist
IMR's efficiency and professional manner of conduct is truly commendable - Dr Kumar, Radiologist
Thank you again for all your help and support, and for making our Australian experience possible - Dr Gubbay, House Officer
I have already referred three other doctors to IMR, who are now also in the process of moving down under, and I will continue to refer more - Dr Gubbay, House Officer

Salaries & Tax

Salaries in Australia

It is a fairly well publicised fact that in Australia you will generally find a work-life balance better than almost any other country in the world. Your working week is based around a standard 38 hours, and you will generally find that (based on department setup) you have a lot of control over just how much after hours and on call work you want to take on.

When you take a medical job in Australia or New Zealand, you will be contracted directly by the facility you work for. At no stage will you be an employee of IMR (nor will we adjust your wages in any way, shape or form) and this means you will be paid the same rate as your Australasian colleagues – just another way that we make sure you get the best benefits you can from working with IMR.

Salaries in Australia can vary slightly from state to state, but each state's government regulates all doctors' salaries. These are all approximate figures for basic salaries in Australia – note that after overtime and on call work these salaries will be approximately 15-25% higher, and then you can factor in 'salary packaging' (scroll down for more info).

Seniority Approximate Basic Salary (Australian $) Estimated Salary after average overtime (Australian $) Grossed up pay with salary packaging (Australian $)
Resident/ SHO 60,000 – 75,000 70,000 – 90,000 80,000 – 100,000
Registrar 75,000 – 110,000 85,000 – 140,000 100,000 – 160,000
General Practitioner 150,000 – 350,000 170,000 – 450,000 195,000 – 515,000
Consultant (Specialist) 150,000 – 350,000 170,000 – 450,000 195,000 – 515,000

As we mentioned earlier, your basic salary assumes a working week of 38 hours – anything after this will be paid at penalty rates (usually double-pay). So, in reality you have a fair amount of control over how much you earn based on exactly how many work hours you are willing to do. Most facilities will have some degree of flexibility when it comes to additional hours.

Tax Rates in Australia

For current tax rates please visit the Australian Taxation Office's website by clicking here

Salary Packaging

Salary packaging is a tax-minimisation system allowing all hospital employees in Australia to receive some of their salary tax free. This is often up to 30% of their gross wage. The basis of this is that hospital employees are exempt from 'Fringe Benefits Tax'. This is normally a tax on all rewards given to employees which do not form the cash component of their salary. Due to this special exemption for public hospital employees, there is the opportunity to 'sacrifice' some of your salary and receive it as fringe benefits, which is free from all forms of tax (including income tax).

The way this works in practice is that you designate a proportion of your income (up to a maximum of 30% of total salary in many hospitals) that is to be set aside for expenses. These can include things like your household mortgage or rent, petrol expenses, household utility bills, computers, holiday travel, all the way up to eating out at restaurants. On showing the receipts for these items, you can receive your income to the value of these receipts free of tax.

Most doctors try to package the maximum amount and so receive a significant proportion of their income tax free resulting in reducing their taxable income substantially. Before commencing work, you should contact your hospital and ask for further details about salary packaging as it can save you a lot of money.

Other Benefits

In addition to salary packaging, most hospitals will give all doctors working in Australia the following benefits:

  1. Sick Leave - up to 10 paid days per year
  2. Annual Leave - up to 5 weeks paid leave per year
  3. Superannuation (pension) - all doctors working in Australia receive superannuation payments to the value of at least 9.5% of their salary (this is paid in addition to your salary and is not deducted from it). All doctors who work temporarily in Australia may cash their superannuation earned when they leave to return to their home country.
  4. Many hospitals will also provide subsidised meals, free or cheap accommodation and other perks

Please contact us if you would like further information about your potential salary in Australia.