Health requirements to move to Australia

Do you meet the Health Requirements?

You and your family members must meet minimum health standards before can be granted a visa

Are there health requirements to apply for a visa? In most cases and depending on how long you intend to stay in Australia applicants for an Australian visa must meet minimum health standards. This is to ensure that people entering Australia do not impose excessive costs on Australia's health and education services, but also that they do not pose a threat to public health.

Unless you are coming to Australia for medical treatment, meeting the health requirements also ensures that once you are granted entry, you are for example able to study (if on a student visa) or work (if on a work visa).

Depending on the type and duration of visa you are applying for, your country of citizenship, and the countries you have visited in the last few months, you may or may not have to provide a medical certificate and/or a chest X-Ray.

Where can I get a medical examination?

If you are overseas, Department of Home Affairs has a panel of doctors/institutions which should be used for your examination. If you are in Australia you will need to book your examination with the approved migration medical services provider - Bupa Medical Visa Services.

Your personal Migration Agent will provide instructions on what documents to seek exactly, and who to get them from. Medical certificates are expensive and have a limited validity. Generally, you should ensure you do things in the right order to avoid unnecessary costs.

What if I have health issue?

If your medical examination reveals an issue and either you or any of your family members do not meet the Health Standards your application may be declined as the 'One Fails all Fail' rule applies to most of the residence category visas and the Health Waiver provision is only available for a limited range of visas.
Talk to a migration agent today if you would like to discuss your concerns regarding a pre-existing medical condition, and get an idea of whether it is likely to have a negative impact on your migration plans.

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