The Department of Human Services (DHS) determines whether or not you are eligible for Medicare benefits.
You might be eligible for Medicare benefits if you are living in Australia and are:
- a permanent visa holder (including returning residents)
- Non-citizens/PR visa holder in Australia are only eligible for Medicare if they have applied for a permanent visa (excludes Parent Visa) and they hold a valid temporary visa (includes a bridging visa).
- an applicant for a permanent visa (some exclusions apply) who has the right to work in Australia or who has a parent, spouse or child who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen (who is an Australian resident)
- a holder of certain temporary visa
- a temporary visa holder who lives in a country that has a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with Australia. Some agreements require clients to be a resident and a citizen of the relevant country.
What you should bring to Medicare
To help ensure a streamlined Medicare enrolment process, you should bring the following documentation to a DHS Service Centre:
- a completed Medicare enrolment application form (3101) available from the DHS website
- Identity documents (such as a birth certificate or driver licence) for all applicants
- travel documents (such as passports or an ImmiCard) for all applicants
- any information that we have already provided that will help to confirm your current visa status.
- a copy of your ‘Acknowledgement of application received’ for a permanent visa application, including the names of all the applicants
- a visa grant notification that confirms the grant of a particular visa, including the names of all the applicants
- print out from VEVO of your current visa and associated conditions.