My Health Record: National Opt-out

As part of the 2017-18 Budget, the Australian Government announced that the My Health Record system would transition to opt-out participation. By the end of 2018, every Australian will have a My Health Record, unless they choose not to have one.

Page last updated: 05 July 2018

On 30 November 2017 the Minister for Health, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, made the My Health Records (National Application) Rules 2017. These Rules apply the opt-out model, as set out in the My Health Records Act 2012, nationally.

On 25 March 2018 the Minister made the My Health Record (National Application) Commencement Instrument 2018, which specifies that Part 3 of the Rules will commence on 16 July 2018. The opt-out period will commence on this date.

Consumers may go to the My Health Record website to find out about opting out of My Health Record.

This diagram indicates the sequence of events enabling opt-out to begin.

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