Australia enjoys some of the best health standards in the world. To maintain these standards, the majority of visa applicants are required to meet certain minimum health standards to be granted a visa. We refer to this as meeting 'the health requirement'.
Information on meeting the health requirement and health process for visa applications.
Background information on the purpose of the health requirement.
See Government's response to the report of the Joint Standing Committee on Migration entitled Enabling Australia: Inquiry into the Migration Treatment of Disability.
You are not required to hold health insurance in order to meet the health requirement for an Australian visa. However, if you are applying for certain temporary visas you might be required to provide evidence of adequate health insurance for the duration of your stay in Australia. We also encourage all prospective visitors and residents to have adequate health insurance cover while staying in Australia.
Bupa Medical Visa Services has recently taken over from Medibank Health Solutions as the department's migration medical services provider with phase one of transition activities now complete. Bupa Medical Visa Services will also be taking on responsibilities for activities currently undertaken by us from September to December 2014.