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: 08 January 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. This has no practical effect until the opportunity to opt-out begins, which will occur on a day to be prescribed by the Minister.

The Minister will, through an instrument that will be published online, specify a date that Part 3 of the Rules will commence. The opt-out period will commence on this date. It is anticipated that this will be around mid-2018. This date will be clearly identified to the public.

Consumers may go to the My Health Record website and subscribe to an email service which will notify them when the opt-out period begins.

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