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
Before you start your claim, read the Information you need to know about your claim for Ex-Carer Allowance (Child) Health Care Card.
Intent to claim
Register an intent to claim to let us know you will be applying soon.
We'll send you a claim form in the mail.
if you start you're claim online, an intent to claim will be automatically registered.
If you cannot register yourself, someone else can do it for you. Read more about someone to deal with us for you.
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.
Claiming with forms
Complete the Application for a Health Care Card for former recipients of a Carer Allowance Health Card form. you received in the mail or print one.
You may need to provide some other documents to support your claim including:
- Documents to confirm your identity, and
- any other documents we ask you for
Submit your claim
You need to give us:
- your claim form
- any other documents we’ve asked you for
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 confirmation of identity documents at a service centre within 14 days.
Submit your form and supporting documents by post or in person at a service centre within 14 days within 14 days of registering your intent to claim.
Wait for the results
If your claim is successful, we’ll send your Ex-Carer Allowance (Child) Health Care Card 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’ll send you a letter asking you to contact us if you are still a full time student and want to reapply.
We issue the card 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.