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Old 04-08-2014, 02:36 PM
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Can any one give me any url where i can get more detailed information on this..
About Medicare, you mean?

Here is the Page which contains information on Medicare eligibility:

http://www.humanservices.gov.au/cust...-medicare-card

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Update on trying to obtain a medicare card (309)

Hi Everyone,

After trying so hard to get a medicare card for my spouse, who applied for a 309 visa, but is currently living in Australia (on a tourist visa).... I nearly gave up!

I lodged the application in person, only to be told that as she entered the country on a tourist visa, she is not eligible. I then tried numerous times over the phone but to no avail.

I lodged a complaint with medicare, but they failed to respond to my request.

I then went to 'Plan M'..... which involves writing a complaint letter to the Minister of Human services (thats where i got the M from..... M=Minister).

Now all this takes time, but the ministers office must act on all complaints, and I was finally allocated to a lady in Canberra, who took around 30 seconds to look at all the details only to tell me that YES my spouse is eligible for a medicare card.

I have now scanned all the forms and documentation directly to her, and should have it processed very soon.

So please, anyone here on an OFFSHORE 309 visa, don't give up and persist!

Thanks to everyone that helped me on here.

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Update on trying to obtain a medicare card (309)

Hi Everyone,

After trying so hard to get a medicare card for my spouse, who applied for a 309 visa, but is currently living in Australia (on a tourist visa).... I nearly gave up!

I lodged the application in person, only to be told that as she entered the country on a tourist visa, she is not eligible. I then tried numerous times over the phone but to no avail.

I lodged a complaint with medicare, but they failed to respond to my request.

I then went to 'Plan M'..... which involves writing a complaint letter to the Minister of Human services (thats where i got the M from..... M=Minister).

Now all this takes time, but the ministers office must act on all complaints, and I was finally allocated to a lady in Canberra, who took around 30 seconds to look at all the details only to tell me that YES my spouse is eligible for a medicare card.

I have now scanned all the forms and documentation directly to her, and should have it processed very soon.

So please, anyone here on an OFFSHORE 309 visa, don't give up and persist!

Thanks to everyone that helped me on here.
See, this is SO frustrating to me - WHY are their front-end Medicare workers (or at least supervisors) trained in something as simple as this? Frustrating.

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Old 04-09-2014, 08:01 AM
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I think it really depends which office you go to. Where I went they did it in 5 minutes flat and had not a single question. They were really friendly and just no issues at all. I'd advise if you have a problem at one office, try another.

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See, this is SO frustrating to me - WHY are their front-end Medicare workers (or at least supervisors) trained in something as simple as this? Frustrating.
309 applicants applying is an odd occurrence to them, they expect you to be an 820 if you are in Australia or that your 309 had already been granted if in Australia. You do need to find the right person at Medicare to talk to if you are a 309 applicant on another visa. Having been granted Medicare myself in this situation I was sure that you could get it if you pushed hard enough.


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309 applicants applying is an odd occurrence to them, they expect you to be an 820 if you are in Australia or that your 309 had already been granted if in Australia. You do need to find the right person at Medicare to talk to if you are a 309 applicant on another visa. Having been granted Medicare myself in this situation I was sure that you could get it if you pushed hard enough.


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Yeah, I get that it's less common than the 820 situation, but more and more couples are coming over on tourist visas while their offshore visas are being processed. According to a lot of agents here (and my own agent) this is done literally all the time now. So it shouldn't be something so rare that they never see it. I think it's just that most 309 applicants aren't aware they're eligible, and if they think they might be, getting turned away the first time they go to Medicare makes most of them think they aren't actually eligible. I'm simply saying there needs to be better education of the front-line customer service folks.

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Yes it was so frustrating.... and I can see how a lot of people would have just given up on it all.

I have now received the medicare number (YAYYyyy), and it has been backdated to when my spouse lodged her visa application and entered Australia the first time (last November) which means we can claim all medical expenses encountered so far (Phew).

Thanks for all your help.


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Hi All,

I see on this thread that getting a Medicare on a 309 is not always easy.
I guess I was lucky cause it was easy for me. Below the detalis:

I went on the medicare office on Lonsdale street, Canberra. The girl ask me what was subclass 309. Using name / surname / passport, she could get access on her system to a 'link" (not sure what they call a link, anyway). In my case, the link was wrong because she told me I was a refugee . Anyway, she took her phone, called a service (I guess immigration), get a positive answer that I was on 309 with medicare entitlement. After that she issue me a paper receipt with a medicare number backdated to the date of entry in Australia, and told me I would receive the temporary blue medicare card (valid for 12 months) in 6 weeks. She also told me that in principle the card get renewed automatically (until I get the permanent residency), but she told me that in my case I might have to visit a medicare office again because of the wrong link story.

Good luck to everyone to get there medicare sorted, congrat to anatolian for your long but successful fight!


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Hi, just wondering this blue interim medicare card, do they have any restriction on it if you are on subclass 820?
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