Eligibility for Low Income Health Care Card

You may be eligible for a Low Income Health Care Card if you are on a low income and meet the Low Income Health Care Card income test.

The card is not subject to an assets test.

Students and Australian Apprentices

If you are a student or Australian Apprentice and receive Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY or Austudy, you will not automatically receive a Health Care Card but may still qualify for a Low Income Health Care Card. Call 132 490 to claim a Low Income Health Care Card.

Shared care arrangements

If you have a Low Income Health Care Card and you share the care of a child, your child’s name will be listed on your Low Income Health Care Card if the amount of shared care is at least 14% of the time, which is 2 or more nights per fortnight.

Page last updated: 29 January 2016