New Zealand citizens who are living in Australia can also enrol in Medicare.
You can get a Medicare card if you’re a New Zealand citizen and you:
- have lived in Australia for 6 months or more, in the last 12 months - this can be all at once or in separate visits
- intend to stay in Australia for 6 months or more, in the next 12 months - this can be all at once or in separate visits, or
- are living in Australia and have applied for permanent residency
Complete a Medicare Enrolment Application form.
How to enrol
You need to visit a service centre with your:
- completed Medicare enrolment application form
- passport or travel document as well as for the people listed on your application
- 2 documents confirming you’re living in Australia
Documents to confirm you’re living in Australia
You’ll need to provide original or certified copies of:
- 2 Australian documents, or
- 1 Australian document and 1 document proving you’re no longer living in New Zealand
You can use the following to confirm you’re living in Australia:
- a work contract
- TAFE or university enrolment
- a rental or lease agreement
- a rental or lease bond receipt
- a bank statement
- proof your child’s enrolled in Australian childcare or school
- private health insurance
- property or contents insurance
- a gas, electricity, water or rates account
You can use any of the following documents to prove you’re no longer living in New Zealand:
- proof you sold your home
- proof you ceased your lease
- evidence you’re no longer working in New Zealand
- a document proving you moved your belongings to Australia
- a statement showing you closed your bank account
- proof you cancelled health, property or contents insurance
If you can’t provide these documents when you first arrive in Australia, you can enrol anytime in the next 6 months once you have all the documents.
Until you’re enrolled, you’re covered under the Reciprocal Health Care Agreement. This covers you for essential medical treatment in a public hospital as a public inpatient or outpatient. You won’t be enrolled or get a Medicare card until you prove you’re living in Australia.
If after 6 months, you don’t have enough documents, you can provide a Commonwealth statutory declaration with the documents you have.
You must say why you can’t provide the documents. An example is you have a fly-in fly-out contract with an Australian employer - if so, provide the name of your Australian employer.