If you’ve adopted a child from overseas, you must determine their eligibility for Medicare before enrolling them.
An adopted child entering Australia is eligible if they’re on a permanent resident visa or temporary visa and an application for permanent resident status has been submitted.
An adopted child isn’t eligible if they’re on a temporary visa and an application for permanent resident status hasn’t been submitted.
Once your child is eligible, you need to visit your local service centre with:
- a completed Medicare Enrolment Application form
- your child’s passport
- documentation showing the child has been adopted or the adoption is in progress
- your Medicare card
- a valid visa for the child
- a permanent resident visa, or
- a temporary resident visa with evidence that a permanent resident visa has been submitted to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection
- documentation showing your child’s legal name, if your child is to be enrolled under a different name to that on their passport and visa. This documentation could be adoption papers, a birth certificate or a change of name certificate
If the adoption is in progress and both parents agree for your child to be known by your family name, you need to provide a letter from the adoption agency confirming the name.
The child is eligible for Medicare from the date an application for permanent residency has been submitted to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.