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You can enrol in Medicare if you live in Australia and you’re any of these:
- an Australian citizen
- a New Zealand citizen
- an Australian permanent resident
- applying for permanent residency
- a temporary resident covered by a ministerial order.
You can also enrol if you’re a citizen or permanent resident of any of these:
- Norfolk Island
- Cocos (Keeling) Islands
- Christmas Island
- Lord Howe Island.
You may be able to enrol if you’re visiting from a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement country.
What you need to enrol
You need to give us different documents depending on your circumstances.
Read about the documents you need if:
- you’re an Australian citizen
- you’re a New Zealand citizen
- you’re a permanent resident
- you’re applying for permanent residency
- you’re a temporary resident covered by a Ministerial Order
- you’ve adopted a child.
If you’re visiting Australia, you’ll need different documents depending on where you’re from. Read more about Reciprocal Health Care Agreements.
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.
If you’re enrolling as a family, you’ll need to nominate a contact person for the family Medicare card. We’ll send Medicare cards and other general information for everyone listed on the card to the contact person.
If you’re the only person listed on the Medicare card, you’ll be the contact person for the card.
You can also get a digital copy of your Medicare card. You’ll need to sign into the Express Plus Medicare mobile app to access it. To use the app, you need a myGov account linked to your Medicare online account. If you don’t have these, set them up and then download the app.
To enrol online using myGov, you need to be living in Australia, 15 or older and enrolling as an individual.
You must also have either:
- applied for a permanent resident visa
- been granted permanent residency
- hold a returning resident visa.
If you’re enrolling as a family, you need to complete a Medicare enrolment form.
If you have a myGov account sign in and enrol in Medicare. If you don’t have a myGov account you need to create one.
If your application is approved, we’ll contact you with your next steps. We’ll also send you your Medicare card in the mail to the address you gave us.
If you’re on your parent’s Medicare card, you’re already enrolled. This means you don’t need to re-enrol. When you’re 15 years old, you can get your own Medicare card.
You can enrol your newborn baby by using the Newborn Child Declaration. You’ll get the declaration from the hospital. Find out how to enrol your baby.
If you’ve adopted a child or your child was born overseas, you’ll need to give us extra documents. Read more about what to do:
If you don’t have standard identity documents, you can use a referee instead. You and your referee need to fill in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medicare enrolment and amendment form. The form says who can be a referee.
We can cover some health care costs if you’re from a country we have an agreement with. You can get care as a public patient in a public hospital without enrolling in Medicare.
Read more about medical care for visitors to Australia.
Read about assessing your eligibility.
When you’ll get a Medicare card
You’ll get a Medicare card number after you enrol in Medicare. Read more about how to get your Medicare card.
To enrol as an Australian resident you need to have a permanent resident visa or have applied for one.
To enrol as an Australian citizen in Medicare you need to prove your identity and residency.