Add your newborn to your Medicare card

To add your baby under 12 months old to your Medicare card, you’ll need to submit a form.

How to add a newborn

To add your baby under 12 months old to your Medicare card, you’ll need to submit a:

  • Newborn Child Declaration form, or
  • Medicare enrolment application form, with proof of your child’s birth

You can also enrol your baby using your Centrelink online account if claiming:

  • Family Tax Benefit
  • Parental Leave Pay, or
  • Dad and Partner Pay

Once enrolled, your child’s on the Australian Immunisation Register.

Newborn Child Declaration form

You’ll get a Parent Pack from your hospital or midwife, including a Newborn Child Declaration form.

You can enrol your baby using this form until they’re 12 months old.

You can submit the form:

Medicare enrolment application form

If you don't have a Newborn Child Declaration form, or your child’s older than 12 months:

Submit these at a service centre.

For children born overseas

You’re an Australian citizen

Your child enters Australia on a foreign passport

Your child can enrol if:

  • you or both parents are Australian citizens
  • they have a valid temporary visa, and
  • they’ll live in Australia and have applied for permanent residency

Overseas less than 5 years

If you’ve been overseas less than 5 years, you’ll need to give:

  • a completed Medicare enrolment application form
  • your child’s foreign passport
  • your child’s visa and permanent residency application proof, and
  • your child’s birth certificate

Overseas more than 5 years

If you’ve been overseas more than 5 years, you’ll also need to give:

  • 2 documents proving you live in Australia, or
  • a statutory declaration saying your family’s returned to live in Australia

Documents must be original or certified copies.

If you and your child have come back to Australia to live and your child’s an Australian citizen, they’re eligible for Medicare the date they arrive.

Otherwise your child’s eligible the date they get citizenship.

Entering Australia on an Australian passport

If your child’s born overseas, they’re eligible if they have:

  • an Australian passport, and
  • entered Australia to live

Overseas less than 5 years

If you’ve been overseas less than 5 years, you’ll need to give:

Overseas more than 5 years

If you‘ve been overseas more than 5 years, you’ll also need to give:

  • 2 documents proving you live in Australia, or
  • a statutory declaration saying your family’s returned to live in Australia

Documents must be original or certified copies.

You’re an Australian permanent resident

If your child’s born overseas, you must apply for their permanent residency to be eligible for Medicare.

Overseas less than 1 year

If you’ve been overseas less than 1 year, you’ll need to give:

Overseas more than 1 year

If you’ve been overseas more than 1 year, you’ll also need to give:

  • 2 documents proving you live in Australia, and
  • proof that you, as a parent, are still eligible for Medicare

Documents must be original or certified copies.

You’re applying for permanent residency

If your child’s born overseas after you applied, you’ll need to apply for their permanent residency.

Your child can enter on a temporary Dependent Child visa subclass 445. They’re not eligible for Medicare until you apply for their permanent residency.

Submit

Submit your request to enrol in Medicare at a service centre.

You’ll need documents proving your child’s identity and eligibility.

Adopted children from overseas or Australia

Check your child is eligible then enrol them in Medicare.

Page last updated: 5 April 2017

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