Check your eligibility for receiving the national bowel cancer screening kit

Page last updated: 27 March 2017 (this page is generated automatically and reflects updates to other content within the website)

Enter your date of birth
You will receive your first screening kit around the time of your 50th birthday. If you have any questions, or are concerned about your risk of developing bowel cancer, you should talk to your doctor.
As this free test is offered to Australians aged 50 to 74, you are no longer eligible to receive a free screening test. Please talk to your doctor about your need for future screening.

* When fully implemented in 2020, all eligible Australians aged 50 to 74 will be offered a free bowel screening test every two years.


To receive a free testing kit a person must:

  • Have a Medicare Entitlement type of either:
    • Australian citizen
    • Migrant
  • Have a current Medicare card or be registered as a Department of Veterans Affairs’ (DVA) customer
  • Have a mailing address in Australia
  • Not be a conditional migrant
  • Not be a temporary resident
  • Not be a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement recipient
  • Be age eligible (enter your date of birth in the tool above to find out when you will receive your kit)

People who meet these criteria are automatically registered for the Program. Screening kits are sent to the address recorded by Medicare.

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