Guide to eligibility for publicly funded health and disability services.
If you're not eligible under the criteria below, read information about the reciprocal health cover for Australian residents temporarily in New Zealand.
Australian citizens and permanent residents who live, or are intending to live in New Zealand for two years or more are eligible for publicly funded health services. The two years is a consecutive period, counted from your first day in New Zealand.
(Note: Australian visitors to New Zealand are not entitled to publicly funded emergency transport by ambulance. This includes both non-injury and emergency transport. Similarly, New Zealand visitors to Australia are not entitled to publicly funded emergency transport by ambulance.)
Proof of eligibility:
You will need to show your health service provider:
- your valid Passport of your own nationality with a current resident visa (including a resident return visa) issued by the Government of Australia. (Criteria: B6 and B7, Health and Disability Services Eligibility Direction 2011.)
- proof that New Zealand will be your principal place of residence for two years or more (eg, work contract, house long-term lease, ownership, or mortgage). The two years is counted from the date you migrated to New Zealand AND
- your Australian passport OR
- your valid Passport of your own nationality with a current resident visa (including a resident return visa) issued by the Government of Australia.
Criteria: B6 and B7, Health and Disability Services Eligibility Direction 2011.
Note: Australian citizens and Australian permanent residents not intending to stay for at least two years may be eligible for immediately necessary hospital and maternity services and pharmaceuticals. Go to Reciprocal health agreements to find out more.
Children aged 17 years or younger, whose parent, legal guardian or person applying to be their legal guardian or adoptive parent, are also eligible for publicly funded health and disability services (relevant to children whose own citizenship or immigration status does not meet the criteria). For more information, go to People aged 17 years or younger.
Except for maternity services, partners of people eligible for publicly funded health and disability services must themselves meet the eligibility criteria.