Medicare for Temporary/Provisional Residents

If you live in Australia and have applied for permanent residency, you may be eligible for an Interim Medicare card.

Interim Medicare Cards

If you live in Australia and have applied for permanent residency, you may be eligible for an Interim Medicare card.

You must:

  • Be on a visa allowing you to work, or
  • Prove your parent, spouse or child is an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen living in Australia
  • This doesn’t include those applying for a parent visa.

Medicare Validity Period

The Interim Medicare Card is initially issued for 12 months to most applicants for the 309 and 820 Temporary Partner Visas, and is automatically renewed when that expires for a further 12 months.
However, the Interim card, after the first 2 years, is only re-issued for 6 months at a time.
This will then become a full medicare card, after PR is granted with the 100 or 801 Permanent Partner Visa grant.


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3 thoughts on “Medicare for Temporary/Provisional Residents”

  1. My interim Medicare card has run out on 9th August and I require another one until my permanent residence is approved.what do I have to do

    1. You need to contact Medicare and ask for an updated card. Centrelink offices have the ability to issue a temporary paper ‘Medicare card’.

      Normally they are sent out automatically to your recorded address, a few weeks before expiry.

  2. If you are covered by Medicare during your time in Australia, you may be eligible for urgent home care. If you badly need a doctor when regular clinics are closed, then house call doctors can come to you and there’s no fee. I think you can get free of charge visits if you’re a student travelling with certain traveller’s health insurance too. there is more info on https://housecalldoctor.com.au/about/international-students/
    Good luck!

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