Residence rules

On the day you claim a Low Income Health Care Card you must meet residence rules.

You must be living in Australia and have 1 of the following:

Newly arrived residents may have to wait 2 or 4 years before getting this card, with some exemptions.

You must continue to meet the residence rules for the whole time you’re using the card. For example, if you no longer hold a valid visa you can’t keep using the card.

Page last updated: 3 March 2022