Who can get a card

To get a Foster Child Health Care Card you must be a foster carer or caring for someone else's child.

You also need to meet residence rules.

You don't need to be a formal foster carer to be eligible. You may be eligible if you care for a child who is not your natural or adopted child.

The card isn't subject to an income or assets test.

We issue the card to you, as the foster carer, but the card will only cover the foster child. The child’s name will appear on the card but yours won’t.

If you're still eligible, we automatically reissue the card when it expires.

Next: How to claim

Complete the following steps to claim a Foster Child Health Care Card. Before you start, check if you can get it.

Page last updated: 20 February 2019