Medicare enrolment for returning residents

You may need to re-enrol in Medicare if you are returning to Australia.

Enrol in Medicare

You can re-enrol in Medicare if you are an Australian citizen or a permanent resident visa holder returning to Australia to live. To re-enrol in Medicare you must supply proof of residency in Australia if: 

  • you have been not been in Australia for more than 5 years
  • you are a permanent resident who has not been in Australia for more than 1 year
  • you are a New Zealand citizen who has not been in Australia for more than 1 year

You need to supply:

Documents to confirm residency

To prove your residency in Australia, you need to provide either:

  • 2 Australian residency documents, or
  • 1 Australian residency document and 1 document from your previous country of residence

The documents must be originals or certified copies.

If you don’t have enough documents to prove that you are residing in Australia, you can complete a Commonwealth statutory declaration. The statutory declaration must explain why you can’t provide residency documents. Read more about statutory declarations on the Attorney-General’s Department website.

Residency documents

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

  • an employment contract
  • 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 resident in another country:

  • evidence of sale of property
  • cessation of lease agreement for rental of property
  • proof 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

Page last updated: 19 May 2016