Manage invites to your Medicare card online

Manage invites to your Medicare card or accept invites to be added to someone’s card when you’re 15 years or older.

To add someone 15 years or older to your card online, for example your partner, you’ll need to invite them to your card. Then they’ll need to accept your invite.

Invite someone to your card

You can invite someone to your card online by using either:

You can do this if you meet all the following:

  • you’re 15 or older
  • you’re living in Australia and you’re an Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen or you have a permanent resident visa
  • your name on your current Medicare card has less than 25 characters
  • someone else doesn’t act on your behalf for Medicare purposes
  • you’re not in the care of a state or territory child protection authority.

You can invite someone if they meet all the following:

  • they’re 15 years or older
  • they’re living in Australia and are an Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen or have a permanent resident visa
  • they’re only on one Medicare card
  • their name on their current Medicare card has less than 25 characters
  • someone else doesn’t act on their behalf for Medicare purposes
  • they’re not in the care of a state or territory child protection authority.

If this isn’t your situation, you’ll need to complete a form and mail it to us or email Medicare Enrolment Services.

How to invite someone

You’ll need to create an invite code and give it to the person you want to add to your card.

To create an invite code, you’ll need their:

  • Medicare card number
  • Individual Reference Number (IRN) — the number next to a person’s name on a Medicare card
  • full name as shown on the Medicare card
  • date of birth
  • consent to provide their information online.

We’ll let you know if your invite has been accepted. We’ll send 2 new Medicare cards to the address you’ve given us.

You can read our online guide about adding someone to your card.

How to accept an invite

If someone wants to add you to their card, they can invite you online.

To accept an invite, you’ll need to use either:

  • your Medicare online account through myGov
  • the Express Plus Medicare mobile app.

If you don’t have a myGov account or a Medicare online account, you’ll need to set them up.

You’ll also need all the following information from the person who invited you:

  • an invite code
  • their Medicare card number
  • their Individual Reference Number (IRN) — the number next to their name on their Medicare card
  • their full name as shown on their Medicare card
  • consent to provide their information online.

If you accept an invite, we’ll notify the person who invited you and send 2 new Medicare cards to the postal address they provided.

You can decline an invite by not using the invite code. Invite codes expire after 7 days.

Read our online guide about accepting an invite.

Page last updated: 10 December 2021