Who can get a card
You may get a Health Care Card if you get specific payments or supplements from us. You’ll get it if you’re on the maximum rate of Family Tax Benefit Part A.
You can get a Health Care card for up to 1 year if you get any of the following payments:
- ABSTUDY living allowance
- JobSeeker Payment
- Partner Allowance
- Parenting Payment partnered
- Special Benefit
- Widow Allowance
- Youth Allowance.
You can also get a card for up to 1 year if you get any of the following payments:
- Carer Allowance for a child younger than 16 - the card is for the child in your care only
- Carer Payment for short term or irregular care less than 6 months
- the highest rate of Family Tax Benefit Part A
- Mobility Allowance if you’re not getting Disability Support Pension.
You must also live in Australia and meet the residence rules of that payment.
If you get either:
- Carer Payment for episodic or short term care for a child, your card is valid for a period of 26 weeks
- Sickness Allowance, your card is valid for the period of your current medical certificate, up to 13 weeks.
You may get a different concession or health care card if you can’t get a Health Care Card.
We’ll send you one if you’re getting or are eligible for any of the following payments:
This means you’ll get both your payment and Health Care Card at the time you get approval.
A child in your care will be on your Health Care Card if you share their care with someone else. You must care for them for a certain amount of time. The percentage of shared care needed depends on the payment you get.
|Payment type||Lowest percentage of shared care|
Care is equal when the difference in care is less than 10%. We’ll list the child on the main carer’s card.
You can keep your Health Care Card for 6 months after returning to work. This applies if you got any of the following payments for more than 1 year:
Page last updated: 20 March 2020
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