Medicare Australia

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Medicare Australia
Agency overview
Formed 1 October 2005
Preceding agency
  • Health Insurance Commission
Jurisdiction Government of Australia
Annual budget A$856.6 million (2009/10)
Agency executives
Parent agency Department of Human Services

Medicare Australia is one of the Master Programs of the Australian Government Department of Human Services(DHS). Prior to 1 October 2005, Medicare Australia was known as the Health Insurance Commission (HIC).[1] On 1 July 2011, Medicare Australia and Centrelink were integrated into the Department of Human Services by the Human Services Legislation Amendment Act 2011.

Medicare Australia administers health-related programs. It is a prescribed agency under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 (Cth) and a statutory agency within the Department of Human Services, under the Public Service Act 1999 (Cth).

The National Office of Medicare Australia is located in Canberra, and is responsible for policy and program development. Medicare Australia previously had many branch offices across Australia, usually located in retail centers, which processed claims from and payments to members. Since 2009 these have been progressively shut with payment and claim facilities moving online and with integration to provide assistance with online access at centerlink offices termed "one-stop-shops".[2][3][4]

Programs administered[edit]

Medicare Australia administers various health-related programs in partnership with the Department of Health and Ageing. As of 2007, these programs included:


  1. ^ National Library of Australia. Health Insurance Commission. (1974-2005) - People and organisations - Trove.
  2. ^ "No need to stop at Medicare 'one stop shops'". ABC South East NSW. 2015-06-24. Retrieved 2017-02-22. 
  3. ^ "Branches close and more to go on Medicare hit list". Retrieved 2017-02-22. 
  4. ^ Cormack, Lucy (2015-03-21). "Has your Medicare branch closed? This is why". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2017-02-22. 

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