Media Release

Pre-registration for Medibank Private Share Offer closes soon

MC 97/14

Senator the Hon. Mathias Cormann
Minister for Finance

12 October 2014

NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION OR RELEASE IN THE UNITED STATES

Australians who have not yet pre-registered their interest in a Medibank Private Share Offer prospectus have only four more days to do so.

Australian residents who pre-register by 15 October 2014 to receive a prospectus for the Share Offer and then apply for shares can receive a preferential allocation of shares.

Eligible[1] Medibank and ahm policyholders who pre-register and then apply for shares can receive a greater preferential allocation than non-policyholders who pre-register.

The Government is happy with the strong level of interest in pre-registration to date.

The Government will announce the final outcome of the pre-registration process after the closing date.

People can pre-register online at www.medibankprivateshareoffer.com.au or call 1800 998 778.

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Media Contact(s): 

Karen Wu – 0428 350 139

Legal Notices

The Medibank Private Share Offer will be made by the Commonwealth of Australia. A copy of the prospectus in relation to the Medibank Private Share Offermay be obtained after it has been lodged with the ASIC. Anyone who wants to acquire shares in Medibank Private will need to carefully consider the prospectus and then complete an application form that will be in or will accompany the prospectus. Pre-registrants are not obliged to apply for shares. This document does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy securities in the United States. The shares referred to in this document have not been, and will not be, registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 (the “U.S. Securities Act”) or under the securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration under the U.S. Securities Act or an exemption from registration requirements.


[1] Persons who are covered under private health insurance policies (excluding Overseas Student Health Cover policies and Overseas Visitors Health Cover policies) issued under either the Medibank or ahm brands at 11:59pm (AEST) on 27 September 2014, who are permanent residents of Australia, over the age of 18 and are not in the United States or acting on behalf of a person in the United States. Only one Policyholder pre-registration can be made in respect of each policy.