Locum vets usually earn between $500 (£315) to $600 (£375) per day. Some employers are paying higher rates. Many practices also supply accommodation, a car, and an airfare from within Australia. The tax known locally as “The Backpacker Tax” has changed this year so locum vets, on working holiday visas, now only pay 15% tax on the first $37,000 earned rather than 32%. Ordinary tax rates apply on earnings above $37, 000. Please see www.ato.gov.au
UK trained vets are very well received here, and most UK vets find it very easy to make the transition from practising in the UK to Australia. For more information on working in Australia, please, contact:
Mark has helped UK vets find work with good employers in Australia for over 20 years. Vetlink is a free service to job seekers.