National Terms and Conditions for the Employment of Registrars (NTCER)






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The NTCER is negotiated every two years in its entirety (2016, 2018, etc.) by GPRA and GPSA (General Practice Supervisors Australia). Once negotiations are complete, the finalised NTCER acts as a contractual instrument for GP registrar salaries and employment conditions. The NTCER now applies to all registrars (except those in community controlled health and ADF workplaces, and registrars on remediation). The wages within the NTCER are indexed via the Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS).

Download the 2017 NTCER here.

Sample employment agreements are also available.

The 2015 National Minimum Terms and Conditions is also available to view and download for registrars and practices that have contracts based on this document.


Registrars should be engaged as employees

Legal advice we have obtained as well as information provided by the Australian Tax Office clearly states that registrars are legally viewed as employees. It is illegal to incorrectly treat employees as contractors, and the ATO is currently prosecuting entities that do so. The main reason for employers to engage registrars as contractors is to avoid paying various taxes. Tax fraud is illegal.

This Australian Doctor article discusses the matter thoroughly (requires an account).

Read the NTCER for details of the entitlements and obligations your employment contract should cover.


How to negotiate your registrar employment agreement

Check with your RTO, they may require you to have a signed contract before you commence a placement. Click here to read or download our employment agreement template.

You can negotiate with your employer for conditions and benefits that are greater than the NTCER. Click here to view our negotiation guide, Negotiating Employment 2015 - Essential knowledge for general practice registrars.


How much are other GP registrars actually earning?

While the NTCER of employment details the terms and conditions for registrars, the GPRA Terms and Conditions Benchmarking Report provides an overview of GP registrar working conditions and wages. Note that as this report was produced in 2014, the information contained within it related to the 2013 NMTC.

The Benchmarking Report covers general demographics, employment conditions,  billing profiles, earning capacity, and more.

General enquiries can be directed to your Registrar Liaison Officer or our registrar services team at or call 03 9629 8878.