Medicare Entitlement Statement

A statement you can get if you’re not eligible for Medicare and want to claim the Medicare levy exemption.

What it is

The Medicare Entitlement Statement tells you the period during a financial year that you weren’t eligible for Medicare.

You need a statement to claim the Medicare levy exemption through your tax return if you weren’t eligible for Medicare.

Read more about Medicare levy exemptions on the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website.

Who can get one

You can get a statement if you weren’t eligible for Medicare for all or part of a financial year.

Before you apply for a statement you need to check you weren’t eligible for Medicare. Read who can get a Medicare card. Even if you don’t have a Medicare card, you may have been eligible. If you were eligible for Medicare for the whole financial year you can’t get a statement.

You may be able to get a statement if you were a permanent resident of Australia and:

  • living outside Australia for 12 months or more, and
  • didn’t come back to live in Australia permanently

You may also get a statement if you were:

  • a temporary visa holder and hadn’t applied for permanent residency
  • an Australian citizen living overseas for 5 years or more
  • a New Zealand citizen who spent less than 6 months in Australia within a 12 month period
  • a visitor to Australia and not eligible for Medicare under a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement

How to get one

The only way to get a statement is by completing the Application for a Medicare Entitlement Statement form. You or your tax agent can complete this form. But you must sign it.

You’ll need to give us a certified copy of the photo page of your passport to prove your identity.

You may also need to give us a certified copy of proof:

  • of your current visa
  • that you've applied for permanent residency
  • that your application for permanent residency was refused or withdrawn
  • of your appeal through the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Federal Court or High Court if your application for permanent residency was refused
  • that your request for Ministerial Intervention has been lodged, if your application for permanent residency was refused
  • of your European Health Insurance Card or other proof of health insurance

Your proof of health insurance must show an expiry date if you live in:

  • Italy
  • the Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Belgium, or
  • Slovenia

Certified copy

A certified copy is a copy of a document that an authorised person has endorsed. They must have seen the original.

There are lots of people who can certify documents. You can use anyone in the list of authorised witnesses on the Attorney-General’s Department website.

Submit your form

Submit your form and supporting documents by post or email. The details are on the form.

To avoid delays:

If you email your application, check documents are in PDF format and not password protected. If they’re password protected we can’t access them.

After you apply

We’ll process your application. It may take up to 6 weeks to process your application if you apply between July and November. This is because we get a lot of applications at that time of the year.

We’ll write to you if we don’t approve your application or need more information.

If we approve your application, we’ll send your statement to the address you tell us in the form.

You'll need to tell the ATO you have a Medicare Entitlement Statement when you do your income tax return. Keep the statement for your records.

The ATO will decide if you need to pay the Medicare levy.

For more information

The ATO will decide if you need to pay the Medicare levy.

If you have questions about your application, you can phone us.

Page last updated: 3 July 2018