Employment Contracts for Doctors

In Australia it is common and acceptable to sign either an employer/employee contract or service agreement. A written contract or agreement, developed with independent legal advice, is essential for an open working relationship between the doctor and the practice.

At a minimum, it is important to ensure that all of the following items are addressed in your employment contract:

  • Detailed position description and any job performance expectations
  • Induction and orientation support
  • Hours and locations of work (e.g. principal practices, satellite surgeries, nursing homes, hospitals)
  • Expected payment and pay structure
  • Probation periods
  • Study leave, sick leave and holiday leave provisions
  • Medical equipment inclusions
  • Anticipated roster (if any)
  • Insurance requirements
  • After hours roster ratio
  • Superannuation (for employees only)
  • Termination provisions
  • Appeals process.

Avant Mutual has prepared a factsheet outlining exactly how you can create your own contract. 

If you would rather leave legal matters like this in the hands of experts there are many medico legal experts out there who can help you draft the perfect contract. 


Our team offer General Practitioners assistance with finding jobs and a career pathway, and Medical Facilities to find a new Medical Practitioner. We also help with the full application process with AHPRA, RACGP, ACRRM, Department of Health, Medicare including 19AA & 19AB. If we can help, please contact us at help@peoplemedical.com.au

People Medical Consulting are a team of professionals with a passion for guiding those specialising in the Medical industry to find their career pathway and settle into Australia. Working with both Australian trained and Overseas trained professionals, we have extensive experience in Recruitment of General Practitioners and Document Assistance for those requiring support with RACGP, AHPRA, 19AA and 19AB Medicare Exemptions.

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