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Meeting our requirements

Health

About Australia's health requirement

Australia enjoys some of the best health standards in the world. To maintain these standards, most visa applicants must meet minimum health standards before we will grant them a visa. We call this 'meeting the health requirement'.

Why we have a health requirement

Making sure visa applicants meet the health requirement:

Most visa applicants must meet the health requirement.

Your family members might also have to meet our health requirement even if they are not migrating to Australia. This will depend on what visa you apply for.

Meeting the health requirement

To meet the health requirement you must be free from any disease or condition that is:

You might have to have health examinations to prove you meet the health requirement. The results of your examinations will be assessed by a Medical Officer of the Commonwealth (MOC). If you have a significant medical condition, the MOC will advise us whether the condition is likely to:

The MOC will consider what kind of services a hypothetical person with the same kind and severity of condition would need and advise us on that basis.

When the MOC gives us advice they can only consider your medical situation, not your other personal circumstances. For example, the MOC cannot take into account whether you will use available public services because you have private health insurance or enough money to pay for treatment.

The MOC might also recommend we ask you to sign a health undertaking.