Documents you need if you’re a permanent resident

You need to provide documents that prove your identity and residency.

You can enrol in Medicare if you have a permanent resident visa. You’ll need to give us both:

  • a current passport or Immicard
  • proof of permanent residence from the Department of Home Affairs.

We need copies of these documents for each person you want to enrol. You don’t need to get your documents certified.

If you don’t have these documents, tell us. We’ll talk to you about other options.

When you live overseas after you enrol

If you live overseas for more than 12 months, you won’t be eligible for Medicare. You’ll need to enrol again when you move back to Australia.

You’ll need to give us:

  • your completed Medicare enrolment form
  • a current passport for each person
  • 2 documents proving your family now live in Australia dated within the last 6 months.

Proving you now live in Australia

You can prove you live in Australia by giving us either:

  • 2 documents from Australia
  • one document from Australia and one from where you last lived.
Documents from AustraliaDocuments from the other country
Proof of rental or lease agreement, and gas or electricity account in the same nameProof you sold your property
Proof of purchase of property, and gas or electricity account in the same nameProof you ended your lease
Proof of your employmentProof you ended your employment
Proof your child is enrolled in childcare, school or a universityProof you moved household goods or furniture
Proof you have a current bank account in AustraliaA statement showing you closed your bank account
Proof of health, property or contents insuranceProof you cancelled health, property or contents insurance

If you don’t have these documents, tell us. We’ll talk to you about other options.

You don’t need to get your documents certified.

Submitting your enrolment form and documents

Complete a Medicare enrolment form and mail or email it with your documents to Medicare Enrolment Services. If you email us, include ‘enrolment’ in the email subject line.

Make sure your documents are:

  • in PDF, JPG, PNG, GIF or BMP format
  • not password protected, or in a WinZip or RAR file
  • no larger than 5MB for each document
  • no larger than 10MB in total for all the documents.
Page last updated: 8 December 2023.
QC 60319