Individuals

Medicare online accounts and Express Plus Medicare mobile apps may experience intermittent availability due to scheduled maintenance.

Centrelink online accounts and Express Plus Centrelink mobile apps are currently unavailable due to scheduled maintenance.

Child Support online accounts and Express Plus Child Support mobile apps are currently unavailable due to scheduled maintenance.

Business
Individuals

Medicare online accounts and Express Plus Medicare mobile apps may experience intermittent availability due to scheduled maintenance.

Centrelink online accounts and Express Plus Centrelink mobile apps are currently unavailable due to scheduled maintenance.

Child Support online accounts and Express Plus Child Support mobile apps are currently unavailable due to scheduled maintenance.

Business
Low Income Health Care Card

Residence rules

On the day you apply for a Low Income Health Care Card you must be in Australia.

You must also be living in Australia and an Australian citizen, or here on a:

To keep using your card

You must meet these rules for the whole time you’re using the card. For example, if you no longer hold a valid visa you can’t keep using the card.

How long you need to have been a resident

If you hold of one of the visas mentioned above, you must have lived in Australia for 104 weeks before you can get a card.

What may be different

You may be exempt from serving the 104 weeks if you:

  • are an Australian citizen
  • arrived in Australia as a refugee
  • hold a specific visa subclass, or
  • things have changed and you’re going through hardships beyond your control

Page last updated: 12 May 2018