Claiming the Ex-carer Allowance (Child) Health Care Card
To claim the Ex-Carer Allowance (Child) Health Care Card, you should register an intent to claim.
Before you start
Check if you are eligible and read the Information you need to know about your claim for Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, Low Income Health Care Card, Foster Child Health Care Card, Ex-Carer Allowance (Child) Health Care Card form before you start.
Intent to claim
Register an intent to claim to let us know you will be applying soon if you are using a paper claim form. An intent to claim will be automatically registered if you make an online claim for the Ex-carer Allowance (Child) Health Care Card.
If you want to claim the Ex-carer Allowance (Child) Health Care Card using a paper claim form, register your intent to claim:
- online, by selecting either Request a service for yourself or Request a service for someone you know on the Request a Service option
- by calling the Carers line, or
- in person, at a service centre
You will then be sent a claim form in the mail. Once you have registered your intent to claim, the claim should be submitted within 14 days. This will help you get a card at the earliest possible date, if you qualified at the time of registration.
If you cannot register yourself, someone else can do it for you. Read more about someone to deal with us for you.
It’s best to start your claim online or at a service centre.
Start your claim online
If you already have a myGov account
Sign in to myGov to link to your Centrelink online account and do your Centrelink business.
If you have a Centrelink online account
To do your business online, you need a myGov account and a Centrelink online account.
If you don't have a myGov account, create one today. Once you have created your account, you can link it to your Centrelink online account. Watch the video and read more on how to link your online account to myGov.
If you don't have a Centrelink online account
If you’ve been a Centrelink customer before
You’ll have a Customer Reference Number. Use this to register for an online account.
This is anyone who’s had a payment or concession from us before, no matter how long ago.
If you haven’t been a Centrelink customer before
This is anyone who’s never had a payment or concession from us before.
If you are unable to claim online
If you are unable to claim online, for example you do not have access to the internet you can claim Ex-carer Allowance (Child) Health Care Card by form.
Once you have registered your intent to claim we will send you a claim form in the mail. You can also print out the Application for a Health Care Card for former recipients of a Carer Allowance Health Card form.
You may need to provide some other documents to support your claim. We will let you know if there are any other documents we need.
Submit your claim
If you are claiming online, you can submit your claim and most supporting documents electronically at the end of the process. Read more about submitting your documents online.
Submit your form and supporting documents by post or in person at a service centre within 14 days.
If your claim is successful, your Ex-Carer Allowance (Child) Health Care Card will be sent to you in the mail.
Your card is valid for 12 months from the date you submitted your claim.
A month before your card is due to expire, we will send you a letter asking you to contact us if you are still a full time student and want to reapply.
The card is issued in your name only.
Read more about concession and health care cards.
You have the right to appeal any decision we make. Read more about reviews and appeals.