Streamlined requirements for student visa applicants in Australia

Streamlined requirements for student visa applicants in Australia


​The Australian Government is streamlining requirements for student visa and other temporary visa applicants in Australia.

Temporary visa applicants in Australia will be required to undertake relevant medical examinations and/or chest x-rays if they:

  • have applied for a medical treatment, temporary protection or a provisional visa
  • expect to incur medical costs or require medical treatment
  • intend to work as (or study to be) a doctor, dentist, nurse or paramedic
  • will enter a hospital, aged or disability care facility (if higher tuberculosis risk)
  • are pregnant and intending to have the baby in Australia
  • will work or train at an Australian childcare centre
  • are aged over 75 years (if applying for a visitor visa)
  • have had previous household contact with tuberculosis or
  • are requested to do so by the Department.

Eligible temporary visa applicants in Australia will not be required to undertake medical examinations and chest x-rays in order to meet the health requirement.

Applicants must complete questions on their form truthfully. If the Department is made aware of false declarations, the applicant’s visa may be subject to cancellation.

This measure applies to all eligible temporary visa applications currently with the Department and new applications made in Australia. The Government will review these arrangements in early 2023.

What does this mean for existing medical appointments

The Department’s contracted service provider will be in touch with you soon to cancel appointments where they are no longer required and provide refunds.

Are refunds available for recently completed medical examinations

No – medicals already completed will be considered by the Department in the normal way.

Source: Streamlined requirements for temporary visa applicants in Australia

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