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Medicare - can I apply for it b4 leaving uk?

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Hi, please could someone tell me whether it's possible to apply for a Medicare card before you leave the UK, and whether is it recommended that I do so, or is it better to apply for one on arrival to Aus?

I am on a British passport.

Many thanks

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AFAIK you need to be here in person and actually resident in Australia. You can’t sign up till you are legally resident in Aus. 

I had to go to a Centrelink office, m fill out/answer lots of questions and then was given a temp document and my/our Medicare card arrived in the post. 

 

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1 hour ago, RDB said:

Hi, please could someone tell me whether it's possible to apply for a Medicare card before you leave the UK, and whether is it recommended that I do so, or is it better to apply for one on arrival to Aus?

I am on a British passport.

Many thanks

Hi,

You can't apply hilts in the uk. I tried to do the same! You'll have to go into the centre link office upon arrival and apply for Medicare. It wasn't too much of a headache, just make sure you take a copy of your visa and passports. Make sure you get to the office first thing as you can be waiting for a while to get seen.

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