Medicare enrolment for New Zealand citizens

New Zealand citizens who are living in Australia can also enrol in Medicare.

You are eligible to enrol in Medicare if you are a New Zealand citizen who:

  • has been in Australia for 6 or more months out of the previous 12 months - continuously or intermittently, or
  • intends to stay in Australia for 6 or more months out of the next 12 months - continuously or intermittently

Enrol in Medicare

If you are a New Zealand citizen and an Australian resident, you can enrol in Medicare.

You need to supply all of the following:

If you are not enrolled in Medicare, you are covered under the Reciprocal Health Care Agreement if you were a New Zealand resident before arriving in Australia. This covers essential medical treatment in a public hospital, either as a public inpatient or outpatient.

Documents to confirm residency

To confirm your residency in Australia, you need to provide either of the following:

  • 2 Australian residency documents, or
  • 1 Australian residency document and 1 document that proves you are no longer a New Zealand resident

The documents must be originals or certified copies.

Once you have the residency documents, you can return them at any time within 6 months of your residency in Australia.

Residency documents

You can use any of the following documents to confirm your Australian residency:

  • an employment contract
  • enrolment in TAFE or university
  • a rental or lease agreement for property
  • a rental or lease bond paid for property
  • a bank statement
  • evidence of children enrolled in Australian childcare, school or university
  • private health insurance
  • property or contents insurance, or
  • a gas, electricity, water or rates account

You can use any of the following documents to prove you are no longer a New Zealand resident:

  • evidence of sale of property
  • cessation of lease agreement for rental of property
  • evidence of termination of employment
  • a transit document for household goods or furniture
  • a statement showing closure of a bank account, or
  • cancellation of health, property or contents insurance

If you do not have enough residency documents after being in Australia for 6 months or more you can complete a Commonwealth statutory declaration. You must provide the statutory declaration with other documents you may have that can establish residency.

The statutory declaration must explain why you cannot provide residency documents - for example, if you are living with friends or relatives and have no employment or you are on a fly-in fly-out (FIFO) contract with an Australian employer. If this is the case, you must provide the name of your Australian employer.

Read more about statutory declarations on the Attorney-General's Department website.

Page last updated: 5 October 2016

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