Enrolling your baby in Medicare

You can enrol your baby when you claim some family payments or by using a form.

You need to enrol your newborn baby in Medicare as soon as possible. A newborn is a child aged up to 52 weeks or up to their first birthday.

Your hospital or midwife will give you a Parent Pack after the birth. It’ll include a Newborn Child Declaration form. A doctor or midwife must sign the form on the last page. Use this declaration as proof of your child’s birth to enrol them in Medicare.

If you lose your Newborn Child Declaration form, you’ll need your child’s birth certificate to enrol at a service centre.

If your child is over 52 weeks old, you’ll need to enrol them at a service centre. Bring your Medicare enrolment form and supporting documents. Read more about the supporting documents you need to enrol in Medicare.

Read about how to enrol your child in Medicare if:

If you claim a Centrelink family payment

You can enrol your baby using your Centrelink online account when you claim any of these family payments:

Use your completed Newborn Child Declaration form in your claim. It’s in the Parent Pack your hospital or midwife gives you.

You can submit a copy of the form using either:

We’ll enrol your baby and add them to your Medicare card. We’ll also add them to the Australian Immunisation Register.

We’ll send you a new Medicare card with your baby on it. You should get it in 3 to 4 weeks.

You can also use the Newborn Child Declaration form to register your baby for both:

Keep in mind, you can add your baby to another Medicare card. This means you can add your baby to the Medicare card for both parents. You can only list them on 2 cards. To do this, complete an Application to copy or transfer from one Medicare card to another form.

Read more about claiming family payments when your baby arrives.

If you don’t claim a Centrelink family payment

If you're not claiming any family payments, you can enrol your baby using either:

Using your online account

You can enrol your baby in Medicare using your Medicare online account through myGov.

If you don’t have a Medicare online account linked to myGov, you’ll need to set it up.

You’ll need to upload a proof of birth document.

We’ll enrol your baby and add them to your Medicare card. We’ll also add them to the Australian Immunisation Register.

We’ll send you a new Medicare card with your baby on it. You should get it in 3 to 4 weeks. You can get a digital version of your updated card immediately in the Express Plus Medicare app.

You can also choose to register your baby for both:

Keep in mind, you can add your baby to another Medicare card. This means you can add your baby to the Medicare card for both parents. You can only list them on 2 cards.  To do this, complete an Application to copy or transfer from one Medicare card to another form.

Using your Newborn Child Declaration form

You can upload your Newborn Child Declaration form using your Medicare online account. You can also take your completed form to a service centre. The instructions are on the form.

We’ll enrol your baby and add them to your Medicare card. We’ll also add them to the Australian Immunisation Register.

We’ll send you a new Medicare card with your baby on it. You should get it in 3 to 4 weeks. You can get a digital version of your updated card immediately in the Express Plus Medicare app. A staff member can give you a temporary paper Medicare card.

You can also use the Newborn Child Declaration to register your child for both:

Keep in mind, you can add your baby to another Medicare card. This means you can add your baby to the Medicare card for both parents. You can only list them on 2 cards. To do this, complete an Application to copy or transfer from one Medicare card to another form.

Using the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medicare enrolment and amendment form

You can use the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medicare enrolment and amendment form to enrol your baby. You’ll need to get a referee to sign the form. The form explains who can be a referee.

You can fill in the form at home or at a service centre. Then take it to a agent, access point or service centre or send it to us. The form tells you how to do this.

Call the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Line if you need help with the form.

Read more about Medicare services for Indigenous Australians.

If you don’t have a Newborn Child Declaration form

If you lose your Newborn Child Declaration form, there are other ways you can enrol your baby:  

You’ll need to provide proof of birth documents. All documents must be certified. For a full list of approved certification methods, check the Attorney-General’s Department website.

This can be any of the following:

  • a certified birth certificate or extract
  • other Australian Government documents that verify the child’s name and date of birth
  • a letter from the doctor or midwife who attended the birth.

If you’re using a letter from the doctor or midwife as proof, it must include:

  • details of the child’s parents
  • the child’s name, date and place of birth
  • the doctor or midwife’s signature, qualifications, contact information and registration number.

We’ll enrol your baby and add them to your Medicare card. We’ll also add them to the Australian Immunisation Register.

We’ll send you a new Medicare card with your baby on it. You should get it in 3 to 4 weeks. You can get a digital version of your updated card immediately in the Express Plus Medicare app.

Keep in mind, you can add your baby to another Medicare card. This means you can add your baby to the Medicare card for both parents. You can only list them on 2 cards. To do this, complete an Application to copy or transfer from one Medicare card to another form.

Page last updated: 1 October 2019