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What health examinations are needed for visitors to Australia ?

Australia enjoys some of the best health standards in the world. In order to maintain these standards everyone entering Australia must meet health requirements, although this does not always require a formal examination.

If you are visiting Australia and not using ETA, you are required to declare your health status on your visa application form.

In certain circumstances you may be asked to provide a doctor's report or undertake a medical (including HIV/HEP B/HEP C) tests and/or radiological examination. These may include where you are :

  • aged 70 years old or older,
  • a parent of an Australian and you have a "queued" migration application, and intend to stay for more than 6 months,
  • likely to enter a hospital or other health care environment, including nursing homes as a patient, visitor, trainee or employee, or for any purpose,
  • likely to enter a classroom environment, including preschool, crèche and child care situations,
  • known or suspected of having a medical condition, regardless of your length of stay, or
  • intending to stay in Australia for more than 3 months, and you have recently visited or lived in a country with a Very High-risk rate of tuberculosis (TB).

How do I arrange a health clearance ?

Medical examinations and x-rays are conducted by qualified doctors and radiologists usually nominated by the department. If you are :

  • Outside Australia : Do not complete your health examination before you lodge your Australian visa application - you will be advised when you need to do so. Contact your nearest Australian diplomatic office for the health requirements, forms and available doctors.
  • In Australia : You may complete your health examination before lodging your application for an visa (and for some Australian visas it is a formal requirement that you do).

What health examinations are needed for overseas students ?

Individuals applying to study in Australia must satisfy the health requirements specified in the Migration Regulations. Any family unit members who are included in the Australian visa application are also required to undergo at least the same level of health assessment examinations.

The health of overseas students studying in Australia is of special concern due to the close contact in the classroom environment. Classroom situations include all levels of schooling and study.

Overseas countries are divided into four risk levels in terms of public health - low, medium, high and very high - according to the incidence rates of tuberculosis, as reported by the World Health Organisation, or as otherwise advised by Australian health authorities.

Please note that if you are required to undergo health examinations, whether you are applying in or outside Australia, processing of your Australian student visa application cannot be completed until medical examinations and x-rays results are provided to the visa processing office.


What health examinations are needed for temporary residence ?

If you are intending a temporary stay in Australia, you are required to declare your health status on your Australian visa application form.

In certain circumstances you may be asked to provide a doctor's report or undertake a medical (including HIV/HEP B/HEP C) tests and/or radiological examination. This may include where you are :

  • likely to enter a hospital or other health care environment, including nursing homes as either a patient, visitor, trainee or employee,
  • likely to enter a classroom environment, including preschool, crèche and child care situations,
  • known or suspected of having a medical condition, regardless of your length of stay,
  • intending to stay in Australia for more than 12 months, or
  • intending to stay in Australia for more than 3 months, and you have recently visited or lived in a country with a Very High-risk rate of tuberculosis (Tb).

What health examinations are needed for migration/permanent residence ?

All applicants for permanent Australian visas, or for a temporary visa (for example, a provisional spouse visa) that leads to the grant of a permanent visa, are required to undergo health examinations.

You and all dependent family members must meet strict health standards designed to protect Australia from high health risks and costs. All members of your immediate family, including dependent family members who do not intend to migrate, must meet the health requirement.
If an applicant cannot meet the health requirement, the visa application must be refused under the Migration Regulations, and refusal of one family member will mean the whole family unit will not be able to proceed.

There are strictly limited provisions for overriding a failure to meet the health criterion.
If you are applying outside Australia, please do not complete health examinations before lodging your Australian visa application. You will be informed by staff processing your migration application when to arrange your medical examination.


I have cancer/heart disease/diabetes/tuberculosis/HIV/AIDS/am obese ... will I meet health criteria ?

No health condition, with the exception of tuberculosis, automatically precludes the issue of a visa.

Apart from tuberculosis, every condition identified in the course of the examinations, or through the questions you are asked in your application, will be individually considered for possible impact on the Australian community, including the costs of treatment or support that would be attracted by that condition.

Visa officers are not authorised to advise on medical conditions: the opinion on whether a condition means an applicant does or does not meet the criteria comes from the Medical Officer of the Commonwealth.


If my doctor says there are no signs of active tuberculosis in my x-ray, or that they are old scars, why do the Australian authorities keep asking me for further x-rays and proof of treatment ?

Tuberculosis is in global epidemic and emergency status, as declared by the World Health Organisation, with the disease now being the biggest killer of adults in the developing world. Australia has managed to maintain a position of third lowest on the world for some years, so that the disease is no longer common here. Many other countries have not been so fortunate, nevertheless, and where there is a high prevalence, indeed some signs of tuberculosis will be seen in such a high proportion of the population that local doctors may regard them as 'within normal limits'.

As 'old' tuberculosis that has formed calcifications or scars may reactivate in ten percent of cases, and as relocation, and the stress of travel is often a triggering factor in reactivation, a much stricter view of small, old signs of tuberculosis is maintained by Medical Officers of the Commonwealth.


Why is a health clearance needed if I am going to care for myself/my dependent at home, as there will be no costs to Australian taxpayers ?

Australia has a national health insurance and benefits schemes, including income support, nursing home entitlements, and other allowances which, once there is an entitlement based on need, cannot be denied to an Australian resident or citizen.

The potential eligibility based on the medical condition of you and/or your family member concerned will be calculated according to the standard accepted medical practice available across Australia, regardless of the level of wealth or private care intended.


Do I need to arrange another health examination if I have recently had one ?

If you have completed a health examination in the last twelve months you may not need to undertake a fresh examination if the visa processing office can confirm the details, substance and date of the earlier reports.

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