Medicare enrolment for New Zealand citizens

A New Zealand citizen who has been in Australia for 6 months or more, continuously or intermittently, in a 12 month period may enrol in Medicare.

To enrol in Medicare you’ll need to:

  • download and complete a Medicare enrolment application form
  • provide certified copies of all used passport pages for all people listed on the application
  • provide 2 documents to confirm your residency in Australia, and
  • submit your application by visiting your local service centre

If you don’t have 2 residency documents, you can return any time within 6 months with any accumulated residency documentation you have and complete a Statutory Declaration confirming you are living and working in Australia.

If you were a New Zealand resident before arriving in Australia, you’re covered under the Reciprocal Health Care Agreement (RHCA) between Australia and New Zealand. This covers essential medical treatment in a public hospital, either as a public inpatient or outpatient, and access to subsidised prescription medicine. It does not include access to Medicare benefits. You do not need to enrol in Medicare or have a Medicare card to obtain treatment covered under the RHCA.

Documents to confirm Australian residency

To support your enrolment in Medicare, you need to provide 2 documents, to your local service centre, from this list to confirm your residency in Australia: 

  • lease or purchase agreement for property in Australia
  • receipt for bond of a rental property in Australia
  • evidence of employment in Australia
  • evidence of children enrolled in childcare, school or university in Australia
  • private health insurance in Australia
  • property or contents insurance
  • Australian bank account
  • utility bills such as gas, electricity, water, rates in your name

We will also accept some New Zealand documents. Only 1 document from this list can be used to support your application to enrol in Medicare:

  • evidence of the sale of property in New Zealand owned by you
  • evidence of the cessation of lease agreement for property in New Zealand
  • termination of employment or acceptance of resignation by employer in New Zealand
  • transit document for household goods or furniture
  • closure of New Zealand bank accounts
  • cancellation of health, property or contents insurance in New Zealand
Documents must be originals or certified copies.

Page last updated: 27 April 2016

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