The National Terms and Conditions for the Employment of Registrars (NTCER) is an agreement which outlines the employment terms and conditions for registrars, the NTCER acts as a contractual instrument for GP registrar salaries and employment conditions.

The current NTCER agreement applies from the start of the training year in 2017 to the end of 2018 and covers all GP registrars, including those in GPT1, GPT2, GPT3 and GPT4 (except those in community controlled health and ADF workplaces, and registrars on remediation). It supersedes the NTCER 2015/16 agreement.

The NTCER is negotiated every two years in its entirety (2016, 2018, 2020) by GPRA and General Practice Supervisors Australia (GPSA).

If you're negotiating your 2019 employment agreement, here is our advice for those starting placement in 2019 before the 2019 NTCER is released.


The NTCER outlines:

  • the minimum which GP registrars can be paid
  • their leave entitlements (annual leave, personal leave, study leave, etc)
  • hours of work (ordinary hours, on-call, overtime, etc)
  • and more.


Essential reading before you negotiate your employment:


When negotiating your contract, it is vital to remember:

You can negotiate with your employer for conditions and benefits that are greater than the NTCER.

Know how much other GP registrars earn. The GPRA Terms and Conditions Benchmarking Report provides an overview of GP registrar working conditions and wages, employment conditions, billing profiles, earning capacity, and more. Knowing this information can give you confidence in negotiating your employment.

Registrars should be treated as employees. Legal advice we have obtained as well as information provided by the Australian Tax Office states registrars are legally viewed as employees. It is illegal to treat employees as contractors if they are not a contractor. The main reason for employers to engage registrars as contractors is to avoid paying various taxes.

Your RTO, as they may require you to have a signed contract before you commence a placement. Read or download our employment agreement template.

General enquiries can be directed to your Registrar Liaison Officer or GPRA at enquiries@gpra.org.au or call 03 9629 8878.

Dr Kari Sims talks about what you need to know before signing your first contract as a GP registrar.

Have issues with your employment? Contact GPRA for confidential advice and support.