How to enrol your child in Medicare if they’re adopted

You can add your child to your Medicare card when the adoption is final.

Adopting a child from overseas

You can enrol your child in Medicare and add them to your Medicare card if:

  • they hold a permanent resident visa
  • you have a letter proving the adoption is final.

If the adoption isn’t yet final, you can still enrol them if either:

  • they hold a permanent resident visa
  • you’ve applied for permanent residency for them.

In this instance, they’ll get their own Medicare card.

To enrol your child, you’ll need to complete a Medicare enrolment form. You’ll also need to give us all of these documents:

  • your child’s passport or Immicard
  • your child’s permanent resident visa or their temporary visa and proof you’ve applied for their permanent resident visa
  • proof you’ve adopted or are adopting the child
  • your Medicare card.

Submit your completed Medicare enrolment form and supporting documents at a service centre.

Adopting a child from Australia

You can enrol them in Medicare and add them to your Medicare card.

You’ll need to give us both:

  • their birth certificate
  • a letter proving the adoption is final.

If the adoption isn’t yet final, we can give the child their own Medicare card.

Submit your completed Medicare enrolment form and supporting documents at a service centre.

Page last updated: 11 July 2019

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