A Health Care Card is extra help for students

27 April 2021

When you get your student payment, we’ll send you a Health Care Card. It can help with medical expenses and other discounts.

You don’t need to apply for a Health Care Card. We’ll send it to you in the mail once we approve your claim for one of these student payments:

  • ABSTUDY Living Allowance
  • Austudy
  • Youth Allowance for students and Australian Apprentices.

With your Health Care Card, you may be able to get:

  • bulk billed doctor appointments
  • cheaper prescription medicines under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
  • more refunds for medical expenses through the Medicare Safety Net.

You may also be able to get discounts from state governments and local councils.

Your card is valid for 1 year. We’ll send you a new card when the one you have expires.

Next steps

You can:

Page last updated: 27 April 2021