You can claim a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card once you’ve reached age pension age.
Before you start
- check if you’re eligible for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
- read the information you need to know about your claim
- set up a Centrelink online account through myGov to claim online - if you already have one you won’t need to do this again
The card will only cover one person. If you have a partner and you’re both eligible, your partner will need to submit a separate online claim or you can both claim using the same paper claim form.
Information you need for your claim
- your and your partner’s income
- documents to confirm your identity
- documents to confirm your residence
When to claim
You can claim once you reach age pension age.
Start your claim online
To make a claim online you need a Centrelink online account linked to myGov.
I have a myGov account linked to Centrelink
Sign in to myGov to start your claim.
I have a myGov account, but it’s not linked to Centrelink
Sign in to myGov and select Services. For help, read our online guides to link Centrelink to your myGov account.
I don’t have a Centrelink online account or a myGov account
If you’ve received a payment or service from us, you can use your Customer Reference Number (CRN) to get an online account. Find your CRN on a letter we’ve sent you or your Health Care Card, if you have one. Then, go to myGov to create a myGov account and use your CRN to link Centrelink.
You can then create a myGov account and link Centrelink.
If you can’t claim online
Print out the Claim for a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card form and fill it in.
Or, you can reclaim your card if we cancelled it less than 26 weeks ago. Print out the re-claim for a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card form and fill it in.
Submit your claim
You need to give us:
- your claim form
- any other documents we’ve asked for
Submit other documents
We may ask you for documents to help us assess your claim.
You can submit some of these through your online account when you claim.
If we ask you to confirm your identity, you’ll need to do this at a service centre.
Wait for the results
We’ll tell you if we accept your claim. If eligible, we’ll post your card to you.
You have the right to appeal any decision we make. Read about reviews and appeals.