What is a Health Care Card?

A Health Care Card entitles you to receive certain discounts and services.

In NSW, this includes:
• Reduced pharmaceuticals
• Free ambulance cover
• Access to free dental care
• Free prescription lenses and frames
• Discounts to most alternative medical practices, e.g., physiotherapy, chiropracty, acupuncture; but this is through negotiation with your practitioner.

Who is eligible for a Health Care Card?

Anyone who is on JobSeeker (formerly NewStart) or a pension from Centrelink is eligible to get a Health Care Card. It is unclear whether JobKeepers are eligible or not.

As a student, you may also be eligible if you are a “low income earner”. This means about $570 per week over an 8 week period. (March 2020). When in doubt, apply.

How can you apply?

If you have a MyGov account, you can apply online. Alternatively, you can call 132 490. Please be aware that the wait times on Centrelink calls can be as long as 2 hours.

Speak with a caseworker

SRC caseworkers are professional and experienced staff who can assist undergraduate students at the University of Sydney with issues that affect them, by providing advice, advocacy and support. The service is FREE, independent and confidential.