Over the age of 15? You can get your own Medicare card.

What is a Medicare card?

A Medicare card allows you to receive free or low cost health services from doctors, psychologists, specialists, and optometrists. A Medicare card can be used at general practices, or clinics, public hospitals and pharmacies.

Who can get one?

Anyone over the age of 15 who lives in Australia and is a citizen or permanent resident of Australia or a citizen of New Zealand can get a Medicare card

Why should I get one?

  • You won’t have to worry about who will know about your medical appointments, such as a sexual health check-up
  • It’ll give you a sense of independence
  • It’s convenient, especially since you won’t have to share the one card with the rest of your family
  • It can be used as ID when applying for things like a passport

How do I get one?

It’s easy to get your Medicare card. Here’s how.

  1. Fill out this form
  2. Bring the form to any Centrelink Service Centre along with ID such as:
  • birth certificate
  • current driver’s license or learner’s permit
  • current passport
  • current Australian school or educational photo ID
  • proof of age card

Find the closest Centrelink Service Centre here.

Live in a remote community? Centrelink has mobile service centres. Find out when and where they are coming to location near you here.

  1. Wait for the card to be sent to you in the mail 😎


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