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
New Zealand citizens who reside in Australia and have applied for a parent permanent resident visa are not eligible for Medicare.
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:
- a completed Medicare enrolment application form
- copies of all used passport pages for all people listed on the application, and
- 2 documents to confirm your residency
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.
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.