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Low Income Health Care Card

Low income benefits

A concession card to get cheaper health care and some discounts if you’re on a low income.

Eligibility basics

  • under the income test limits
  • meet residence rules

Eligibility payment rates

Who can get a card

You may be able to get a Low Income Health Care Card if your income is below the limit in the income test.

Income test

To get a Low Income Health Care Card your income must be under the limit.

Residence rules

On the day you apply for a Low Income Health Care Card you must be in Australia.


You and your dependent child can get benefits if you have a Low Income Health Care Card.

Non-income tested card

If your payment was cancelled on 1 January 2017 because of the changes to the pension assets test, you’re eligible for one or more health cards.


Check if you re eligible before you start your claim.

  • find out what you need before you start your claim
  • fill in your claim
  • submit your claim and any documents we ask for
  • wait for us to assess your claim and tell you the result


Renewing a card

You need to renew your Low Income Health Care Card.

Digital Wallet

Have your concession or health care card with you everywhere you take your phone.

Try self service

Do your Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support business using self service options, including our Express Plus mobile apps, online accounts and phone self service.

Change of circumstances

You need to tell us if your circumstances change when you hold a Low Income Health Care Card.

Lost or stolen card

Lost or stolen cards can be replaced.

If you travel outside Australia

There are limits on how long your card remains current when you travel outside Australia. You must keep meeting the rules for this card at all times.

Someone to deal with us on your behalf

If you want someone else to deal with us, you can authorise them to enquire, act or get payments for you.


Other concession and health care cards

Concession and health care cards can help you access cheaper health care services and medicines.

Payment and Service Finder

Find, estimate and compare payments and services you may be eligible for. You can also work out what a change in circumstance might mean for the payments and services you currently get from us.

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