The Australian Psychological Society (APS) sets a recommended fee for psychological services (click to view the APS recommended fees). RCP's private fees are considerably lower than the APS recommended fee. As of 1 July 2019, the following is a guide to RCP fees:
Initial consultation (60mins – 90 mins) $230
Follow-up consultation (50mins – 60 mins) $180
Short consultations (20mins – 40mins) $130
Please note that payment is to be made on the day of service, except for pre-approved third party (e.g., Work Cover, EAP, and CTP) claims where the third party is billed directly. Fees are payable by cash, credit, or EFTPOS and are subject to change without notice. Please note this is not a bulk billing practice.
Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative: Medicare rebates may apply if you have a referral from your GP, psychiatrist, or paediatrician. A copy of the referral or a mental health care plan needs to be brought to your first appointment. If eligible, your medical specialist will register you with Medicare and you can then claim a rebate for up to 10 sessions (in a calendar year) with a psychologist of your choice.
You do not need a referral from your medical specialist to make an appointment. However you do need a referral letter and a mental health care plan from your GP, psychiatrist, or paediatrician should you wish to attend under the Medicare initiative and receive a rebate.
Private health funds: Depending on your level of cover many private health funds provide a rebate for psychological care. Please contact your health fund directly to find out what level of rebate you may be eligible for.
If for some reason you need to cancel your appointment, please provide 24 hours notice otherwise you will be charged a cancellation fee of $95 for the session you have missed. You will not be charged a cancellation fee if you provide 24 hours notice. If you are late for your appointment and consequently have a shorter session you will be charged for a full session. Please be aware that Medicare will not provide a rebate for any missed appointments.
Questions About Fees or Rebates
If you have any questions about the fees or if you are uncertain of your eligibility for a rebate please phone the practice manager or complete an online enquiry form. We are happy to help.