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8570.0 - Health Care Services, 2009-10 Quality Declaration 
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At the end of June 2010, there were 3,927 physiotherapy businesses operating in Australia. These businesses:

  • operated from 5,391 locations servicing a population of 22.3 million people at the end of June 2010;
  • employed or contracted 11,589 registered health practitioners and other staff providing health care;
  • generated income of $1.2b during the 2009-10 financial year;
  • incurred expenses of $939.9m in the same period;
  • generated operating profit before tax of $224.3m; and
  • generated industry value added of $753m.

Persons working

There were 17,951 persons engaged in the physiotherapy industry at the end of June 2010. Of this number 11,589 or 64.6% were registered health practitioners and other staff providing health care.

Of those providing direct health care services, 9,743 persons were employed by businesses and 1,847 persons (15.9%) were working on contract. Working proprietors and partners accounted for 2,396 or 24.6% of persons employed by businesses (indicating that just under a quarter of the industry consisted of businesses owned by solo practitioners or practitioners in partnership), while the remaining 7,347 or 75.4% were employees. Of all employees, 59.4% were permanent full-time, 20.4% were permanent part-time and the remaining 20.2% were casual/temporary.

There were 6,362 other staff engaged in the physiotherapy industry representing 35.4% of total employed and contracted persons.

Income and expenses

Fee for service income of $980.9m accounted for 84.4% of the total income of $1.2b generated by physiotherapy businesses during the 2009-10 financial year.

Physiotherapy businesses operating on 30 June 2010, generated an average income of $296,000 per business. Fee for service income earned per practitioner was $84,600.

Wages and salaries of $452.1m accounted for just under half of total industry expenditure of $939.9m during 2009-10.


Operating profit before tax for physiotherapy businesses during the 2009-10 financial year was $224.3m, representing an operating profit margin of 19.8% .

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