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

Who is eligible for a Health Care Card?

Anyone who is on Newstart or a pension from Centrelink is eligible to get a Health Care Card.
As a student you may also be eligible if you are a “low income earner”. This means about $556 per week over an 8 week period. (February 2019). To claim call 132 490

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.


Information and figures current at March 13, 2019

Important Notice and Disclaimer:
This information does not constitute legal advice. Check with a caseworker for the most up-to-date information. Do not accept verbal advice by itself from any source including Centrelink. Get a decision in writing. Without this subsequent appeals or backdating are at risk.