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Australian Government Rebate – Post July 1 2013

The Australian Government Rebate is available to everyone who is eligible for a Medicare Card. The rebate was designed to help Australians cover the cost of their premiums.

Recent changes — income testing the rebate

Prior to 1 July 2012, the government provided a minimum 30% rebate on private health insurance regardless of income. Now the private health insurance rebate is income tested. This means the level of rebate you receive will be determined by your annual income, age and the number of dependent children you have.

What are the new rebate levels?

If you are single and earning less than $88,000 or a couple/family/single parent earning less than $176,000 you are not affected by income testing and your rebate is unchanged.

The rebate thresholds for the 2013 - 2014 financial year are:

Australian Government Rebate
Singles Less than $88,000 $88,001–$102,000 $102,001–$136,000 $136,001+
Couples/Families Less than $176,000 $176,001–$204,000 $204,001–$272,000 $272,001+

This table shows the rebate you’ll be eligible to receive from 1 April 2014.

Australian Government Rebate
Under 65 29.04% 19.36% 9.68% 0%
65–69 33.88% 24.20% 14.52% 0%
70+ 38.72% 29.04% 19.36% 0%

For families with children the thresholds are increased by $1,500 for each dependent child after the first. Single parents and couples with dependent children are also subject to the family thresholds.

When using the InfoChoice website, you can elect to have the Australian Government Rebate automatically applied to the quoted amount. Get a quote now

My rebate has been reduced (or stopped). Is there something I can do about this?

There’s always something you can do. And the good news is you’re in the right place to act. We can help you find great value cover to make up some or all of the loss.

Which portion of my income will determine my rebate entitlement?

It’ll be determined by your income for Medicare Levy Surcharge purposes. This includes your taxable income, fringe benefits, super contributions minus any net investment losses. If you have a spouse, your combined income will be used to calculate your rebate entitlement. Visit the Australian Taxation Office for a full overview.

What’s the definition of a dependent child?

For calculating your rebate entitlement a dependent child is:

  • Your child under 18; or
  • Your sibling under 25, who doesn’t have a partner and is dependent on you for financial support on any day of the year

Health funds also have different rules and classifications for a dependent child. It’s best to speak with us about who can be listed as a dependent child on the policy you’re looking at.

Claiming the rebate

There are three ways to claim the rebate.

1. From your fund
You can select to have the rebate deducted from your premium cost when using the infochoice website. This reduces your upfront cost.

3. From the Australian Taxation Office
You can claim back the rebate on your tax return if you have paid the cost of your premium upfront.

For more information visit Medicare Australia and the Department of Health and Ageing.

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