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  • Category 3: Not entitled to Medicare benefits

    You can claim a full exemption for any period for which you have a Medicare entitlement statement from Services Australia showing you were not entitled to Medicare benefits because you were a temporary resident for Medicare purposes, and either:

    • you did not have any dependants for that period, or
    • all your dependants were in an exemption category for that period.

    To claim an exemption, you must first submit a Medicare entitlement statement to Medicare and receive a certification letter from them saying that you were not entitled to Medicare benefits for a particular period. You can claim the exemption for the period that Medicare has advised.

    You need to submit a Medicare entitlement statement to Medicare each year you want to claim an exception.

    For more information on how to apply for a Medicare entitlement statement as a temporary resident, go to humanservices.gov.auExternal Link.

    You also qualify for a full exemption under this category if:

    • you were a member of a diplomatic mission or consular post in Australia (or a member of such a person's family and you were living with them)
    • you were not an Australian citizen
    • you do not ordinarily live in Australia, and either
      • you did not have any dependants for that period, or
      • all your dependants were in an exemption category for that period.
       
      Last modified: 26 Jun 2019QC 59100