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Corporate entry Health Insurance Commission (1974 - 2005)

Commonwealth of Australia

8 August 1974
Phillip, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
30 September 2005
Health Insurance
Alternative Names
  • Medicare Australia
Reference No
NAA: CA 1904
Legal Status
Agency of the Commonwealth of Australia
134 Reed Street, Tuggeranong, Australian Capital Territory 2901


The Health Insurance Commission (HIC) was established by the Australian Government in August 1974. The Commission is a statutory authority, which was originally created to administer Medibank, at that time the universal health insurance scheme for Australia. Over the years HIC gas grown to administer a range of health programs.

Medicare Australia, which was formed on 1 October 2005 now performs all the functions and provides all the services that were performed by the Health Insurance Commission


From their Web site, July 2002: "HIC is a dynamic, innovative and customer-focused organisation delivering government health programs to the Australian community. These programs include Medicare, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register and the Australian Organ Donor Register."

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