If they are adopted

You can add your child to your Medicare card when the adoption is final.

Enrol a child adopted from overseas

You can enrol your child in Medicare and add them to your Medicare card if:

  • they hold a permanent resident visa
  • you have a letter proving the adoption is final.

If the adoption isn’t yet final, you can still enrol them if either:

  • they hold a permanent resident visa
  • you’ve applied for permanent residency for them.

In this instance, they’ll get their own Medicare card.

To enrol your child, you’ll need to complete a Medicare enrolment form. You’ll also need to give us all of these documents:

  • your child’s passport or Immicard
  • your child’s permanent resident visa or their temporary visa and proof you’ve applied for their permanent resident visa
  • proof you’ve adopted or are adopting the child
  • your Medicare card.

Send your forms and supporting documents to us by mail or email to Medicare Enrolment Services. You don’t need to get your supporting documents certified.

Enrol a child adopted from Australia

You can enrol them in Medicare and add them to your Medicare card.

You’ll need to give us both:

  • their birth certificate
  • a letter proving the adoption is final.

If the adoption isn’t yet final, we can give the child their own Medicare card.

Send your forms and supporting documents to us by mail or email to Medicare Enrolment Services. You don’t need to get your supporting documents certified.

Page last updated: 11 August 2020