I need a medical examination?
If you are intending to stay longer than six
months, or you are from a country deemed to be at a higher risk of
tuberculosis, you may have to have a medical examination.
if I haven’t applied for a visa yet?
Completing your online medical history before applying for a visa is not guaranteed to make processing time shorter. If you have already applied for a visa you need to wait until you are contacted by immigration and fill out the history according to their instructions.
Q. Do I need private health insurance?
Most temporary and student visa applicants need to
show evidence of adequate health insurance cover as part of their visa application. Reciprocal health care
agreements with other countries only provide essential health cover by
Medicare. Expensive health items such as ambulances, dental work and
non-subsidised medicines might not be covered.
do I apply for a health waiver?
If you are eligible, you will be sent a letter advising that you have failed to meet the health requirement and that a health waiver is going to be considered.
The letter will invite you to put forward additional claims and information. Each health waiver is examined and determined on a case by case basis.
have already applied for a visa. What happens next?
Take your medical referral letter to an approved panel clinic (generally located in major cities in more than 100 countries) or your migration medical services provider. Your examination results are logged and uploaded and are either cleared automatically or referred for manual processing. It is your responsibility as the visa applicant to pay for these tests.
is the medical examination like?
Different tests are done for different age
groups and people coming from countries at specific risk from infections such
as Ebola or polio. Most adults are required to have a medical exam, plus chest
X-ray and an HIV test.
if I don’t pass the health test?
A waiver of the need to meet the health requirement (a health waiver) is available for applicants of certain visa sub classes. No health waiver is available where you have been found to have active tuberculosis, or another condition considered to be a threat to public health, such as hepatitis, yellow fever, polio and Ebola.
Health waivers can be considered if your employer undertakes to meet your medical costs or if Immigration is satisfied that granting the visa will not put pressure on Australian health care services.