How to enrol your baby in Medicare if they were born overseas

You can enrol your overseas born baby in Medicare if you’re an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) we've made temporary changes to enrolling in Medicare.

If your baby was born overseas, you can enrol them in Medicare if either:

  • you’re an Australian citizen
  • you are or have applied to be a permanent resident of Australia.

Keep in mind, you can’t enrol them online.

When you’re an Australian citizen

If your child enters Australia on a foreign passport, they can enrol if they both:

  • have Australian citizenship
  • came to Australia to live.

They’re eligible for Medicare on the date they arrive.

If you apply for Australian citizenship for your child, they’re eligible on the date they become a citizen.

If your child has an Australian passport, they can enrol if they’ve entered Australia to live. They’re eligible for Medicare on the date they arrive.

Enrolling your child

If you’ve been overseas less than 5 years, fill out a Medicare enrolment form for your child. You’ll also need to provide all of these documents:

  • your child’s foreign passport
  • your child’s Australian citizenship certificate
  • your child’s birth certificate.

You don’t need to get your documents certified.

If you’ve been overseas more than 5 years, you need to both:

  • enrol yourself for Medicare again
  • enrol your child in Medicare.

You can call the Medicare general enquiries line to re-enrol. You’ll need to prove your identity over the phone. If you can’t, you can complete a Medicare enrolment form.

Then, fill out a separate Medicare enrolment form to enrol your child.

You’ll need to supply supporting documents with your forms. You don’t need to get your supporting documents certified. Read more about Enrolling in Medicare.

Send both forms and supporting documents to us by mail or email to Medicare Enrolment Services.

When you’re an Australian permanent resident

You’ll need to apply for your child to be a permanent resident too. After this, you can enrol them in Medicare.

If you’ve been overseas less than 1 year, fill out a Medicare enrolment form for your child. You’ll also need to provide all of these documents:

  • their passport
  • their visa and proof of application for permanent residency
  • their birth certificate.

You don’t need to get your documents certified.

If you’ve been overseas more than 1 year, you need to:

  • enrol yourself for Medicare again
  • enrol your child in Medicare.

You can call the Medicare general enquiries line to reenrol. You’ll need to prove your identity and residency over the phone. If you can’t, prove your identity over the phone, you can complete a Medicare enrolment form.

Then, fill out a separate Medicare enrolment form to enrol your child and provide:

  • 2 documents proving you live in Australia now
  • proof that you’re still eligible for Medicare yourself.

You also need to provide all of these documents for your child. You don’t need to get your these documents certified.

Send your forms and documents to us by mail or email to Medicare Enrolment Services.

Read more about how to enrol in Medicare if you’re an Australian permanent resident.

When you’re applying for permanent residency

If your child was born overseas after you applied for permanent residency, you’ll need to apply for their permanent residency too. After this you can enrol them in Medicare.

Fill out a Medicare enrolment form for your child. You’ll need to provide all of these documents:

  • your child’s passport
  • your child’s visa
  • your child’s proof of application for permanent residency
  • your child’s birth certificate.

Send your forms and documents to us by mail or email to Medicare Enrolment Services.

Page last updated: 11 August 2020