For those planning on a visit or to live in Australia, who are not permanent resident or citizens, there are certain Australian health requirements that must be met before a visa can be granted. Most applicants for permanent residency, temporary residency or provisional visas will be asked to undergo a health examination.
Health examination for visa applicants
Temporary visa applicants
Whether you have to take a health examination or not, will depend upon your intended activities in Australia as well as your country of origin. You should not take a medical or radiological examination until informed to do so, it therefore does not form part of your initial application. You will be advised by the department if a medical and/or radiological examination is required as part of your visa application. This will be required if:
- It is likely that you will need to enter a hospital or other health care unit, this includes nursing homes as either a patient, visitor, trainee or employee.
- You may enter a classroom environment, including preschool, crèche and child care.
- Regardless of your length of stay if you have been diagnosed or suspected of having a medical condition.
- Are aged 75 or older.
- There is a possibility that you do not meet the health requirement.
Permanent visa applicants
Applicants under the permanent visa categories, as well as members of their immediate family, will need to meet the Australian health requirements. Please note this also includes dependent family members as well as all children under the age of 18 years regardless of whether they live with you and whether they intend to migrate. Again please note you should not take a medical or radiological examination until informed to do so, it therefore does not form part of your initial application. You will be advised by the department if a medical and/or radiological examination is required as part of your visa application.
Exceptions to the post application submission of health examinations
For those applicants applying for a General Skilled Migration Visa in Australia, you will need to undergo a medical examination before lodging any application.
Costs associated with any medical examinations
Applicants are responsible for any fees associated with any medical examinations as prescribed by the Australian health requirements. The only exemption to this would be if you have been accepted as a Refugee or Special Humanitarian Programme subclass 200, 201, 202, 203 or 204 applicant.
What process does the medical examination take?
After you have been informed by the Department as to the requirements for medical examinations the following process applies:
- Book an appointment with a panel doctor or radiological clinic.
- Take with you the following:
- Your passport and a photocopy of the page that includes your photograph and name and date of birth.
- Any prescription spectacles / contact lenses.
- Any medical reports for known medical conditions.
- Any previous chest x-rays.
- The required forms.
- Upon completion of your medical examination the reports will be sent directly to the department. You will not be informed of the results but the Doctor will tell you if you have a health related problem. You should also note the reports will be returned to you.