You can get an Ex-Carer Allowance (caring for a child under 16 years) Health Care Card if you:
- are aged between 16 and 25 years
- are a full-time student
- were receiving a Carer Allowance Health Care Card on the day before you turned 16 years of age
- meet residence requirements
A claim is required for the Ex-Carer Allowance (Child) Health Care Card. This card is not automatically reissued. Cardholders must reapply every year.
Entitlements for the Ex-carer Allowance (Child) Health Care Card
The Ex-Carer Allowance (Child) Health Care Card entitles you to cheaper medicines under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
You may also be entitled to some extra concessions from State and Local Government authorities and some private organisations. Health Care Card concessions vary by state and territory. Please check with the organisation providing the concession.
When using services covered by Medicare, you will need to show your Medicare card as well as your Health Care Card.
Residence requirements for the Ex-Carer Allowance Health Care Card
To be eligible for an Ex-Carer Allowance Health Care Card you must satisfy residence requirements. You must be:
- an Australian resident
- be physically present in Australia on the day you lodge your claim, and
- continue to meet the residence requirements for as long as you hold this card
Newly arrived residents generally have a 104 week waiting period, with some exemptions.
Claiming the Ex-carer Allowance (Child) Health Care Card
To claim the Ex-Carer Allowance (Child) Health Care Card either on line or by using a paper form, you should still register an 'intent to claim'.
- A guide to concession cards booklet
- Information you need to know about your claim for a Health Care Card