Welcome to Australia! Before enjoying your new beautiful life on this great land, there are something you have to do first. Even some of them require you to complete within one year after your first arrival.
As an Australia resident, you can apply:
at Australia Post
at a Department of Human Services (Centrelink) centre
For details, please reference government website
Individuals are not legally required to have a Medicare card, to carry it with them, or to produce it on request. The primary purpose of the Medicare card is to prove eligibility when seeking Australian Medicare-subsidised care from a medical practitioner or hospital.
You need to bring one of the documents below:
You also need to complete a form
And you need an Australia postal address so that they can mail the card to you when it is ready
You can apply at any service centre which can be found through the link
The card will be mailed to you in 3 or 4 weeks.
You will be told the card number straight away. And you can get a digital card by following the link
You will need one when you:
Lifetime health cover (LHC) is a government initiative designed to encourage you to purchase and maintain private patient hospital cover earlier in life.
If you have not taken out and maintained private patient hospital cover from the year you turn 31, you will pay a 2% LHC loading on top of your premium for every year you are aged over 30, if you decide to take out hospital cover later in life.
For example, if you take out private patient hospital cover when you are 40 years old, you could pay an extra 20% on the cost of this cover per year for 10 years. If you wait until you are 50 years old, you could pay 40% more per year for 10 years. The maximum LHC loading that can be applied is 70%. Once you have paid LHC loading for 10 years of continuous cover, you will no longer have to pay this loading.
With Life Time Health Cover Letter, and if you purchase private health insurance within one year, you don't need to pay this extra LHC loading.
There is an option in the form when you apply for the medicare card. Select "Yes" in the form, and also remind the staff in the service centre to issue one for you.
This letter is only valid for a year
myGov is a secure way to access government services online with one login and one password.
It is almost "mandatory" to have a myGov account if you decide to live in Australia.
By using it, you can lodge your tax return, claim your welfare benefits and do anything else related to your living in Australia.
Go to myGov website and click "Create an account"
As an Australian resident, in most states or territories in Australia, you are only allowed to drive 3 months with your oversea driver license, while in VIC, you are allowed to drive 6 months with your foreign driver license.
Each state and territory has a Seniors Card scheme and some reciprocal arrangements are in place for using your card in other states. It is a free card providing transport concessions and participating business discounts on a range of goods and services.
To be eligible you must be a resident of the state, 60 years of age or over, and not working more than a set numbers of hours per week in paid employment.
With senior card, you can get discounts (Usually 10% off) for lots of services such as:
For details, please check the official websites of different states or territories
AMEP is funded by the Australian Government and provides up to 510 hours of free English language lessons to eligible migrants and humanitarian entrants. If you have been granted a permanent visa or an eligible temporary visa and speak little or no English, you may be eligible for AMEP. Some migrant youths aged between 15 and 17 years of age may also be eligible.
In an AMEP class, you will learn English language skills and information about Australian society. You will meet other new arrivals and may make new friends. These together will help you and your family settle successfully in Australia. English language skills are also very important if you wish to work in Australia.
AMEP is delivered by approved service providers and taught by teachers who are trained to teach English to speakers of other languages.
To access English language tuition through AMEP, you must register with an approved AMEP service provider within six months of arriving in Australia or from visa commencement. You must begin English classes within 12 months of arriving in Australia or from your visa commencement.
You have five years from your date of arrival in Australia or visa commencement to learn English through AMEP. You may be eligible for additional lessons depending on your needs. If you do not meet the time limits, an AMEP service provider can apply for an extension on your behalf in certain circumstances.
Your service provider will help you choose a class that will best suit your needs to help ensure the best possible result for you. There are full-time and part-time classes at different times and in different places so you can learn when and where it suits you.