If you’re an Australian citizen

To enrol as an Australian citizen in Medicare you need to prove your identity and residency.

Australians living in Australia

If you’re an Australian citizen and you’ve never been enrolled, you’ll need to give us either your:

  • Australian passport
  • birth certificate.

To prove you live in Australia, you’ll also need to give us 2 of these documents dated within the last 6 months:

  • sale agreement to buy a property, plus a gas or electricity account in your name
  • lease agreement to rent a property, plus a gas or electricity account in your name
  • evidence of employment
  • evidence that your children are at childcare, school or university
  • evidence of private health insurance, bank accounts, or property or contents insurance.

You don’t need to get your documents certified.

If you can’t give us the documents we need, call us on the Medicare program line. We’ll talk to you about other options.

Australians living overseas

If you move back to Australia after more than 5 years overseas, you can re-enrol in Medicare. You don’t need to visit a service centre.

What you need to provide

To re-enrol in Medicare you’ll need to give us both:

  • a current passport for each person
  • 2 documents that prove your family 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 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

You don’t need to get your documents certified.

If you can’t give us the documents we need, call us on the Medicare program line. We’ll talk to you about other options.

Indigenous Australians

If you don’t have standard identity documents, use the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medicare enrolment and amendment form. You’ll need to get a referee to sign the form. The form explains who can be a referee.

You can fill in the form and send it to us by mail or email to Medicare Enrolment Services. You should attach copies of your supporting documents.

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

Call the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Line if you need help with the form.

Read more about Medicare services for Indigenous Australians.

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: 17 January 2024.
QC 60322