You must meet certain criteria to enrol in Medicare under the Reciprocal Health Care Agreement (RHCA) we have with the United Kingdom (UK).
You must be from the UK, and:
- hold a visa subclass 405, or
- 410 - if you applied for it or we issued it after 1 December 1998
If you have a 405 visa or 410 visa
You’re eligible if you’re:
- a UK resident
- covered for health insurance in line with the UK legislation, andtemporarily in Australia, but not a resident
Criterion 1 - prove you’re a UK resident
To prove you’re a UK resident you need 1 or more of the following:
- a UK passport - this includes passports from the Isle of Man, Jersey or Guernsey
- a National Health Service Medical Card for Great Britain and the Isle of Man
- a Health Service Medical Card for Northern Ireland
- a certificate from the Social Security Committee of the States of Jersey
- proof of insurance from the Guernsey States Insurance Authority or other proof of residence in Guernsey, or
- a European Health Insurance Card with the initials UK
If you have this proof, we then need to determine if you’re an Australian resident. Read criterion 2.
Criterion 2 - determine if you’re an Australian resident
You’ve shown us proof that you’re a UK resident. Now we need to determine if you’re an Australian resident.
You may be eligible if you arrived in Australia for the first time:
- in the past 12 months, and haven’t been here more than 6 months - this is either in a row or with gaps
- more than 12 months ago - even if you haven’t been here for more than 6 months in the past 12 months - this is either in a row or with gaps
If you meet this criteria, we need to establish if you normally live in Australia. Read criterion 3.
You’re not eligible
If you lived in Australia more than 6 months in the past 12 months - this is either in a row or with gaps, the RHCA doesn’t cover you. This means you’re not eligible for Medicare under this agreement.
Criterion 3 - determine if you normally live in Australia
We consider you may normally live here if:
- you plan to spend more than 6 of the next 12 months here
- you’ve had a regular and significant pattern of visits here for several years
- you own property here
- you lease or rent property here
- you have a spouse, parent, or children living here
- you have a job here
- you have a bank account here
- you have a car registered in your name here
- you have ties to the community here - for example you belong to a club
If less than 3 of these apply to you, you may be eligible for Medicare under the RHCA we have with the UK for 405 or 410 visa holders.
You’re not eligible
If 3 or more of the points above apply to you, the RHCA doesn’t cover you. This means you’re not eligible for Medicare under this agreement.
How to enrol in Medicare
If you think you're eligible under the RHCA, you’ll need to:
- fill in the Medicare enrolment application form
- get certified copies of:
- the documents to prove you’re a UK resident
- a statutory declaration stating details to support that you’re a resident of the UK and not of Australia
Post your form and documents to the:Department of Human Services
PO Box 9822
Melbourne VIC 3001