Medicare card

How to add your newborn to your Medicare card

You’ll need to submit a form to add your newborn baby to your Medicare card. A newborn baby is a child up to 52 weeks or up to the day of their 1st birthday.

How to add a newborn

To add your newborn baby to your Medicare card, you need to submit a:

  • Newborn Child Declaration form, provided in the Parent Pack from your hospital or midwife, or
  • Medicare enrolment form with supporting documentation, including proof of your child’s birth

You can also enrol your baby using your Centrelink online account if claiming:

  • Family Tax Benefit
  • Parental Leave Pay, or
  • Dad and Partner Pay

Once enrolled, your child is on the Australian Immunisation Register.

What is a Newborn Child Declaration form

You’ll get a Parent Pack from your hospital or midwife, including a Newborn Child Declaration form.

The Newborn Child Declaration is the proof of birth document we accept for your newborn child.

You can enrol your baby using this form until they’re 52 weeks of age or up to the day of their 1st birthday.

You can submit the form:

If you don't have a Newborn Child Declaration form

If you don't have a Newborn Child Declaration form or your child is older than 52 weeks, you can:

How to enrol your child who was born overseas

When you’re an Australian citizen

Your child enters Australia on a foreign passport

Your child can enrol if they've been granted Australian citizenship.

You've been overseas less than 5 years

If you’ve been overseas less than 5 years, you’ll need to give:

  • a completed Medicare enrolment form
  • your child’s foreign passport
  • your child’s Australian citizenship certificate, and
  • your child’s birth certificate

You've been overseas more than 5 years

If you’ve been overseas more than 5 years, you’ll also need to give:

  • passports for all people listed on the enrolment application, and
  • 2 documents proving you live in Australia, or
  • a statutory declaration saying your family’s returned to live in Australia

Documents to prove you live in Australia

You can prove you live in Australia by providing documents from the list below:

  • 2 Australian documents, or
  • 1 Australian document and 1 from where you last lived
Documents from another country Documents from Australia
Proof you sold your property Rental or lease agreement
Proof you ended your lease Bond receipt
Proof you ended your job Proof of your job
Proof you moved household goods or furniture Proof your child’s in school or childcare
A statement showing you closed your bank account A statement from your bank or health, property or contents insurance
Proof you cancelled health, property or contents insurance Gas, electricity, water or rates statement

Documents must be original or certified copies.

If you and your child have come back to Australia to live and your child’s an Australian citizen, they’re eligible for Medicare the date they arrive.

Otherwise your child’s eligible the date they get citizenship.

Your child enters Australia on an Australian passport

If your child’s born overseas, they’re eligible for Medicare if they have:

  • an Australian passport, and
  • entered Australia to live

You've been overseas less than 5 years

If you’ve been overseas less than 5 years, you’ll need to give:

  • a completed Medicare enrolment form
  • your child’s Australian passport, and
  • your child’s birth certificate or birth extract

You've been overseas more than 5 years

If you‘ve been overseas more than 5 years, you’ll also need to give:

  • passports for all people listed on the enrolment form
  • 2 documents proving you live in Australia, or
  • a statutory declaration saying your family’s returned to live in Australia

Documents must be original or certified copies.

When you’re an Australian permanent resident

If your child was born overseas, you must apply for their permanent residency to be eligible for Medicare.

You've been overseas less than 1 year

If you’ve been overseas less than 1 year, you’ll need to give:

  • a completed Medicare enrolment form 
  • your child’s passport
  • your child’s visa and proof of application for permanent residency, and
  • your child’s birth certificate

You've been overseas more than 1 year

If you’ve been overseas more than 1 year, you’ll also need to give:

  • passports for all people listed on the enrolment form
  • 2 documents proving you live in Australia, and
  • proof that you, as a parent, are still eligible for Medicare

Documents must be original or certified copies.

When you’re applying for permanent residency

If your child was born overseas after you applied, you’ll need to apply for their permanent residency.

Your child can enter on a temporary Dependent Child visa subclass 445. They’re not eligible for Medicare until you apply for their permanent residency.

When you’ve applied for permanent residency for your child, you can enrol them in Medicare. You’ll need to give us a completed Medicare enrolment form and your child’s:

  • passport
  • visa and proof of application for permanent residency, and
  • birth certificate.

Submit

Submit your request to enrol in Medicare at a service centre.

Page last updated: 12 May 2018