Applicants who apply onshore for a partner visa Australia are eligible to apply for Medicare. You will need to apply in person at a Medicare office and take with you:

  • the acknowledgement letter you received from the Department,
  • a copy of your Bridging Visa A grant notice
  • your passport.

An important consideration is when your Bridging Visa A becomes active. For example, if you are currently on a student visa and lodge an application for a partner visa Australia, your bridging visa will only activate once your student visa expires. This may impact the date you are eligible for Medicare, so you should make sure you do not stop your Overseas Student Health Cover until your student visa has expired.

The closest Medicare offices to Byron Bay are Ballina, Lismore and Tweed Heads. Only Medicare can advise you whether you are eligible to receive Medicare in your circumstances.