InvoluntaryUnemployment Assistance


Losing your job can be an incredibly stressful experience and you might be wondering how you’re going to make ends meet. We’re here for you, so please reach out to us and we’ll do what we can to help you with your health cover.

Call us: 13 13 34


We know that many of our members are struggling financially because of the impacts of COVID-19 - so it’s important we make sure those who are doing it tough get the help they need.

During COVID-19, our Involuntary Unemployment Assistance has been helping more than 60,000* eligible members remain covered by paying their premiums for up to 6 months.

Involuntary Unemployment Assistance is included in most of our health covers. We’ve made this easier for you to access during COVID-19, and we've now temporarily extended those changes until 17th January 2021.


From 1 October 2020, we’ve applied some new eligibility criteria to our extended COVID-19 hardship support. To qualify for Involuntary Unemployment Assistance during this period of extended support, members must have:

  • joined HCF before 1 April 2020 and hold hospital only cover or a combined hospitals and extras cover (excluding Extras Only, Overseas Visitors Health Cover and Ambulance Only Cover) 
  • evidence showing you have become unemployed, stood down or lost income through no fault of your own; or are receiving JobSeeker payments^ or if self-employed, you are receiving JobKeeper to pay your staff+
  • told us about your change in circumstances within 3 months of losing your income or having your income reduced.

We're here to help you review the options that will be right for your needs, including other options that are available if you joined us after 1 April 2020 or don’t meet the criteria for Involuntary Unemployment Assistance, and we can also advise you where conditions might apply.


There are a few ways to get in touch with us if you need financial help during COVID-19.

  1. Call us to chat
    If you're worried and struggling to pay your premiums please call our dedicated COVID-19 support team on 13 13 34.

  2. Email us using our Contact Us page
    Send us a message about your current situation, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Go to our Contact Us page and fill out the form choosing ‘Financial support due to COVID-19’ from the list. Click here to email us.

Other ways we can help

If you haven’t lost your job and need some financial help, we have other options available including premium waivers. Go to our member support page for more details.

Go to member support

Ways to connect with us


We’re open: Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 9am-1pm (AEST/AEDT). Call 13 13 34.


Head over to our Contact Us page and complete the form to send us an email.


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Important Information

*Figures current for the period 1 March 2020 to 28 July 2020.

^If you are not self-employed and have been involuntarily made redundant, stood down or seen a reduction in your hours (including casual and part-time employees), HCF requires confirmation of JobSeeker payments from Centrelink or a letter from the employer confirming the impact to your income is due to COVID-19.

+If you are self-employed and your business continues to operate but your income is impacted by COVID-19, HCF requires confirmation of JobKeeper payments from Centrelink. If your business no longer operates due to COVID-19, HCF requires confirmation from the Australian Financial Services Authority (AFSA) or a letter from your accountant or solicitor on company letterhead.