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

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
  • things have changed and you’re going through hardships beyond your control

Page last updated: 27 September 2018