What is Medicare Card eligibility?
Everyone who lives in Australia, excluding Norfolk Island residents, are eligible for a Medicare Card if they:
- hold Australian citizenship;
- hold New Zealand citizenship (documentation required). More information on the Medicare enrolment for New Zealand citizens page;
- have been issued with a permanent visa; or
- have applied for a permanent visa (excludes an application for a parent visa), have permission to work in Australia or can prove relationship to an Australian Citizen — other requirements may also apply.
Visitors to Australia from a country that have Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with Australia are also eligible for medically necessary treatment.
Full details are available at the Human Services Website.