Healthcare system in Australia

Australia's government-run healthcare system is known as Medicare. Medicare is an Australia wide system that applies to all states. 

The Australian public healthcare system provides payments and services that can help you or someone you care for. Medicare usually covers free or subsidised treatments by healthcare professionals like doctors and specialists and in some instances subsidised medicines. Medicare is available to permanent visa holders and Australian citizens.

To be eligible for Medicare you'll need to register and complete some paperwork. The best way to do this is by visiting a Medicare office 7 to 10 days after you arrive in Australia with your passport or travel documents.

To find out more about Medicare and how billing and claiming works you can visit their website

Private healthcare in Australia

Depending on your visa, you may be required to take out private health insurance. Many Australians choose to take out private health insurance as there is an additional tax of 1% on high income earners without it.

There are a number of private health insurance schemes in Australia from a variety of providers. They all feature different coverage options, with some geared specifically for people who have moved and are looking to live in Australia. 

Take a look at iSelect or Bupa websites to compare different options and to see what coverage is available. They are generally easy to follow and can provide health insurance quotes to match your needs and budget.

Alternatively, you can also google "Australian healthcare" or "Australian private health insurance" for more options.

What should I bring with me to Australia?

It's a good idea to bring any medical records for you and your family with you when you move to Australia. (If you have children you should bring their immunisation records, as these are needed by schools and child care centres).

This article covers general information about the Healthcare System in Australia , and doesn't take your individual circumstances into account. Please use it as a guide only.