Residence rules

To be eligible for a Low Income Health Care Card you must meet the residence rules.

On the day you claim you must be all of the following:

You must also have one of the following:

To keep using your card you must be living in Australia as an Australian resident, or a holder of one of these visas.

When you need to wait

If you've recently arrived as a resident in Australia, you may have to wait 2 or 4 years to get this card. There are some exemptions to this. Read more about the newly arrived resident’s waiting period.

Page last updated: 15 June 2023.
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