You may be eligible for Medicare during your Australian Working Holiday

Medicare is the governing body of the Australian public health system. If you are on a Working Holiday Visa 417, then you may be eligible for Medicare cover during your stay in Australia.

Does my Visa allow me to apply?

Citizens of the UK, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Netherlands, Republic of Ireland and NZ are covered for the duration of your approved time in Australia. Citizens of Malta and Italy are covered by Medicare for a period of 6 months from the date of arrival in Australia.

What does Medicare cover working travellers for?

Medicare covers treatment that is deemed ‘medically necessary’. This means any ill-health or injury which occurs while you are in Australia and requires treatment before you return home.

How can I apply for Medicare while working and travelling?

  • Head to the Medicare website for more information and to check your eligibility. From there you can download a Medicare Enrolment Form to complete and take to your nearest Medicare Office along with your passport, Visa and ID.
  • If your application is successful you will receive your Medicare card in the mail.
  • Whilst Medicare may be an option we highly recommend that you organise Travel Insurance that covers medical expenses. You don’t want your hard earned money going towards medical expenses should something go wrong!