Who can get a card

You may get a Health Care Card if you get specific payments or supplements from us. You’ll get it if you’re on the maximum rate of Family Tax Benefit Part A.


You can get a Health Care card for up to 1 year if you get:

You can also get a card for up to 1 year if you get:

You must also live in Australia and meet the residence rules of that payment.

If you get:

  • Carer Payment for episodic or short term care for a child, your card is valid for a period of 26 weeks
  • Sickness Allowance, your card is valid for the period of your current medical certificate, up to 13 weeks.

You may get a different concession or health care card if you can’t get a Health Care Card.

From 1 January 2019, we’ll send you a Health Care Card if you’re getting or eligible for:

This means you’ll get both your payment and Health Care Card at the time you get approval.

Shared care

A child in your care will be on your Health Care Card if you share their care with someone else. You must care for them for a certain amount of time. The percentage of shared care needed depends on the payment you get.

Payment type Lowest percentage of shared care

Farm Household Allowance, Family Tax Benefit, Newstart Allowance, Sickness Allowance or Youth Allowance as a job seeker.


Partner AllowanceSpecial Benefit or Widow Allowance.


Parenting Payment.


Care is equal when the difference in care is less than 10%. We’ll list the child on the main carer’s card.

Return to work

You can keep your Health Care Card for 6 months after returning to work. This applies if you got any of these payments for more than 1 year:

Page last updated: 20 September 2019