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Completing your Renter Resume? If you’ve been asked for your Medicare Individual Reference Number, here’s how to find it. 

Take a look at your Medicare card. Your Individual Reference Number (IRN or ‘Medicare reference number’) is the number to the left of your name on the card.

When you provide your IRN, ensure that you provide the number alongside your name and not the last digit of your Medicare number.

Medicare Card
An example of a standard Medicare card from the Australian Government.

What’s the difference between my Individual Reference Number and my Medicare Card Number?

While your Individual Reference Number is the number to the left of your name on your card, your Medicare Card Number is the 10 digit number that appears above your name, across the top section of the card.

When providing your Medicare number, you must ensure that you include the last digit.

A Medicare card showing family names and Individual Reference Numbers under a single Medicare number.

How do I get a Medicare card?

Medicare is a scheme that gives Australian residents access to healthcare. You will be given a Medicare card when you enrol in Medicare. For more information on accessing Medicare, visit the Australian Government’s Department of Human Services website.

How do I use Medicare to prove my identity?

When you complete a Renter Resume or rental application, you will be prompted to upload or provide documents that support personal details including your:

  • given name;
  • middle name (if applicable);
  • family name; and
  • date of birth.

In Australia, supporting documents used to verify your identity are categorised as either primary or secondary.

In most cases, a real estate agent will be looking for 100 points of Australian or state-issued documentation to prove your identity. Different types of identity documents are worth different points.

You can use a different combination of documents to make up your 100 points, but you must include at least one primary document as part of your 100 points.

Your Medicare card is worth 40 points of identification.

Primary documents Points
Birth certificate 50
Driver licence 60
Passport 50
Secondary documents Points
Certificate of Australian citizenship 40
Change of name certificate 40
Australian visa 40
Marriage certificate 40
Medicare card 40

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