Working as a doctor in the public hospital system, you will be employed as a salaried medical officer. An employment award or enterprise bargaining agreement (EBA) covers all aspects of your remuneration and other employment terms and conditions.
GP registrar employment in general practice
In a general practice setting, you will still be an employee, but you will typically be working in a small business setting.
Unlike the hospital system, where employment is covered by a set award, a GP registrar must negotiate their own employment terms and conditions. However, the National Terms and Conditions for the Employment of Registrars (NTCER) outlines the minimum terms and conditions which you, as a registrar, may receive. The NTCER is not a registered award. Your signed employment agreement is the legal document under which you are employed.
GP registrars usually receive a guaranteed base wage (the minimum base wage is set out in the NTCER), as well as a percentage of billing income generated from the number of patients seen in the practice. GP registrars are able to negotiate this percentage of billings with their practice.