PHI 15/16

This circular issued by the Private Health Insurance Branch contains information about the Private Health Insurance Rebate

Page last updated: 02 March 2016

Printable version of 15/16 (PDF 112 KB)

02 March 2016

2016 Private Health Insurance Premium Round Announcement

On 2 March 2016, the Minister for Health, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, announced private health insurance premiums would increase on average by 5.59 per cent from 1 April 2016.

A copy of the Minister’s press release is available on the Department’s website

A table of average increase by insurer is available from the Department’s website

Private Health Insurance Rebate – Rebate Adjustment Factor Effective 1 April 2016


The Australian Government Rebate on private health insurance is annually indexed on 1 April by a Rebate Adjustment Factor (RAF) representing the difference between the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and the industry weighted average increase in premiums. The RAF is set out in the Private Health Insurance (Incentives) Rules 2012 (No.2).

The Rebate Adjustment Factor for 2016 is 0.963 and the industry weighted average premium increase for 2016 (including rate protection) is 5.59 per cent. The updated private health insurance rebate tiers from the Department's website

Enquiries by insurers on claiming of the Rebate should be referred to the Department of Human Services on 1300 554 463.

Enquiries by insurers on the Medicare Levy Surcharge (MLS) should be referred to the Australian Tax Office (ATO) helpline on 13 28 61.

If you require further information, please call 02 6289 9853 (24 hour answering machine) or email the enquiry to Private Health Insurance Branch.

For more information visit 2016 Private Health Insurance (PHI) Circulars.

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