Claiming the Low Income Health Care Card
You should register an intent to claim for a Low Income Health Care Card.
Before you start
Check if you are eligible for this payment and read the information you need to know about your claim for a Low Income Health Care Card before you start your claim.
A secure, convenient and easy way to start a claim for a Low Income Health Care Card. Once you have completed your claim online, bring the supporting documents requested on the claim form to a service centre within 14 days.
You can claim Low Income Health Care Card online. It is secure, convenient and easy to claim online.
If you already have a Centrelink online account
Log on to your Centrelink online account or sign in through myGov to make an online claim.
If you do not have a Centrelink online account
Read more about how to register.
If your partner also wants to claim a Low Income Health Care Card, they will need to lodge a separate online claim.
If you are unable to claim online
If you are unable to claim online you can complete a paper form.
Print and complete a Claim for a Health Care Card form.
If you do not have access to a printer, you can pick up the form from a service centre or call the Students and trainees line and we can send one to you. If you get ABSTUDY you can call the Students and trainees ABSTUDY line instead.
If your partner also wants to claim a Low Income Health Care Card, you can both apply on a single paper claim form.
You may need to provide some other documents to support your claim. This may include:
- proof of your adjusted taxable income for yourself and your partner, or
- any other verification documents we request
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 at a service centre within 14 days.
If your claim is successful, we will send your Low Income Health Care Card in the mail.
You have the right to appeal any decision we make. Read more about reviews and appeals.