Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme
Minister for Government Services

Media release: Australians urged to update their bank account details to receive unpaid Medicare benefits

20 January 2022

Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme
Minister for Government Services

The Morrison Government is encouraging Australians to ensure their personal details are up to date with Medicare as around 800,000 people may potentially get a New Year financial boost.

Minister for Government Services Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said there were over $170 million worth of benefits yet to be claimed as some Australians have either not provided or updated their bank account details with Medicare.

“Since July 2021, Services Australia has paid out over $19 million in previously unclaimed Medicare benefits,” Minister Reynolds said.

“This coincides with 7.3 million Australians linking their Medicare online account with myGov to access their proof of COVID-19 vaccinations this financial year.

To update personal and bank account details, people can simply sign in to their Medicare online account through myGov, or the Express Plus Medicare app and select ‘View and edit my details’.

People should also check all of their information is correct, including their address and phone number.

If any past Medicare benefits have not already been paid, they will be issued within three business days of the updated bank account information being provided.

In 2020-21, 26.1 million people were enrolled in Medicare, with the Government paying a total of $27.7 billion in Medicare benefits.

Information about updating Medicare details is available at: servicesaustralia.gov.au 

Page last updated: 20 January 2022