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Clinical Psychologist Career Information

Occupation statistics

23,300 psychologists in Australia1

8,621 psychologists in Victoria (37.0%)1

Average gross weekly earnings AUD$1,4002

Average weekly hours 38.83

View the Job Outlook website for career and labour market research information on this occupation.

A clinical psychologist looking out of a skyscraper window across the city 

Victoria is currently offering visa nomination for eligible clinical psychologists. To be eligible to apply clinical psychologists must meet Victoria's minimum eligibility requirements and address the nomination assessment requirements for the occupation.  See the Occupation Lists for more information.

More detailed information about applying for Victorian Government visa nomination is available in the Visas and Immigration section.


Licensing and registration

To work as a clinical psychologist in Victoria you must be registered with the Psychology Board of Australia.

For more information on registration, please contact:

Psychology Board of Australia

Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency
GPO Box 9958
Melbourne
VIC, 3001, AUS

Tel: +61 3 8708 9001
Email: online enquiry form
Website: www.psychologyboard.gov.au

Tip

Think about applying for licensing and registration before you arrive in Australia, once you have your visa, as the process can take some time.


Industry contacts

Professional bodies and industry associations are a good source of information about clinical psychologists in Victoria.

  • The Australian Psychological Society is the major professional association for psychologists. It provides resources for its members including professional development programs and networking events.

Finding a job

Clinical psychologists are employed across several industries including: Health Care and Social Assistance; Education and Training; Public Administration and Safety; and Administrative and Support Services.3


Tip

We suggest that you only apply for jobs when your visa to live and work in Australia has been issued. The visa application process can take time, and employers are less likely to employ you if you don’t know when you will arrive in Australia and don’t have a work visa.


To search for Victorian recruiters who specialise in clinical psychologists, visit the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association's Member Index.

For more general information on Victoria’s job market, including where and how to find jobs, and workplace culture, visit our Working and Employment section.


Migrating to Victoria

If you are not an Australian citizen you will need a visa to enter Australia. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) is responsible for all Australian visas.

Some visas require state nomination.  Victoria offers state nomination for eligible skilled migrants and business migrants



Australian skills assessment 

For information on obtaining an Australian skills or qualification assessment, and the licensing or registration requirements for practicing your occupation in Australia, see the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.


1 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook – Occupation pages – Employment levels. Retrieved March 9 2012 from joboutlook.gov.au

2 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook - Occupation pages. Retrieved March 9 2012 from joboutlook.gov.au. Please note that wages will vary according to your level of skill and qualification. For more information about your wage earning potential, visit the job seeker sites listed above under Finding a Job.

3 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook - Occupation pages - Prospects for Employment. Retrieved March 9 2012 from joboutlook.gov.au