Medicare online account help - Enrol a baby in Medicare

Learn how to enrol your baby in Medicare using your Medicare online account.


You can enrol your baby in Medicare as part of your claim for Family Tax Benefit or Parental Leave Pay. You can claim these family payments using your Centrelink Online account.

You can only enrol your newborn with Medicare if they were born in Australia. Read more about how to enrol your baby if they were born overseas.

To enrol your baby you’ll need to provide us with supporting documents for proof of birth. All document must be certified. For a full list of approved certification methods, check the Attorney-General’s Department website.

Upload your files as a PDF, JPG, GIF, PNG or BMP format less than 5MB.

Step 1: sign in

Sign in to myGov and select Medicare.

Select Add a newborn to your card from the homepage main menu.

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Step 2: confirm your details

Tell is if you intend to claim family payments. Select either:

  • Yes then Next, this will stop the process as your baby will be enrolled as part of your claim for a family payment
  • No then Next, to continue to enrol your baby in Medicare.

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Tell us if your baby was born in Australia. Select either:

  • Yes then Next
  • No then Next, this will stop the online process.

If you’re baby was not born in Australia, you can’t enrol them online. Read more about how to enrol your baby if they were born overseas.

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Select your relationship to the baby using the dropdown menu. Then select Next.

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We’ll tell you what supporting documents you need to provide depending on your relationship with the baby. Read the list of documents you need, then select either:

  • Next if you have the documents ready
  • Cancel to stop the process and get the documents.

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Step 3: add your baby’s details

Tell us how many babies you would like to enrol using the dropdown list. Then, select Next.

You can enrol all your babies if you had multiple children in the same birth. You can also enrol babies from 2 births in the last 12 months.

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Enter your baby’s details.

You’ll need to tell us your baby’s:

  • Date of birth
  • Family name
  • Sex.

You can still enrol your baby even if you haven’t named them yet.

If your baby doesn’t have a first name, select I have not named my baby yet.

We’ll add them to your Medicare card as NEWBORN FAMILY NAME. Their name will stay like this until you provide us with their name.

If your baby doesn’t have a family name, select Baby does not have a first name.

You can provide a family name at a later date.

You also have the option of telling us if your baby is of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or South Sea Islander descent.

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Your baby will automatically get a My Health Record when enrolled. If you don’t want one, select I do not want a My Health Record for my baby.

You can add your baby to a new or existing Medicare Safety Net family. Select Yes and we’ll do this for you.

Then select Next.

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When your baby has a long name

If your baby’s name is long it may not fit on your Medicare card. We’ll ask you to select either:

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If you choose to shorten your baby’s name

If you select Shorten my baby’s name to fit on my card enter a shortened first name. This will appear on your Medicare card. Select Next.

We’ll store your newborn’s full name in our records.

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Step 4: upload supporting documents

Select Attach document to locate the document in your files. Then select Next.

We accept PDF, JPG, GIF, PNG or BMP files less than 5MB. You can also upload additional documents to support your application after you’ve submitted it.

You can’t continue unless you provide your supporting documents.

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Tell us what kind of document you have uploaded. Select the Document Category from the dropdown menu.

If you’re enrolling multiple babies, you’ll need to provide proof of birth for each baby. To add proof of birth for another baby, select Attach another document.

Once all documents are attached, select Next.

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Step 5: Add your baby to another person’s card

You can add your baby to another person’s Medicare card. This could be the other parent or full time carer. Select either

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If you add your baby to another person’s Medicare card

Give us the details of the other person so we can contact them to get their consent. You need to give us their:

  • Name
  • Contact number
  • Medicare card number (optional).

The other person has to consent before your baby can be added to their Medicare card.

Then select Next.

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Step 6: review and submit

Check your contact details are correct.  

To change your details, select Edit.

When your details are correct, select Next.

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Review your baby’s enrolment details.

If the details are wrong, select Edit to make changes.

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When the details are correct, select either:

  • Submit to declare the information and documents are correct and finish the enrolment
  • Cancel to stop the enrolment.

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You’ll get an Application ID when you enrol your baby. Record this number for future reference.

It can take us up to 14 business days to enrol your baby in Medicare.

When your baby is enrolled, you can use your updated digital card straight away in the Medicare Express Plus app. It can take up to 4 weeks for us to send you a new Medicare card.

To return to the homepage select Back to home.

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Step 7: sign out

From your homepage you can complete other transactions.

Select Return to myGov to go to your myGov account.

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For your privacy and security, sign out when you’ve finished using your myGov account.

Page last updated: 22 January 2020