Meeting the health requirement

​​What you need to do to meet the health requirement will depend on your personal circumstances and the visa that you have applied for. All permanent provisional and certain temporary visa applicants are required to undergo health examinations as part of the visa application process to determine if they meet the health requirement.

If you fail to meet the health requirement your visa may be refused, however this will depend on the visa subclass you have applied for. Some visa subclasses allow a health waiver to be exercised in certain circumstances.

Health examinations

You may be required to undergo health examinations as part of the visa application process.

Note: required immigration health examinations will be changing on 20 November 2015. Make sure you check the Health Examinations information on the website after this date for details where required. As a result:

  • If you visit a panel clinic and/or migration medical services provider clinic after 20 November 2015, you might be asked to complete additional health examinations that are not listed in documentation provided by us. These examinations must be completed for processing of your visa application to proceed.
  • If you lodge your visa application after 20 November 2015, the new requirements will also apply.

Arranging a health examination

Whether you are completing your health examinations in Australia or from outside Australia, there are specific requirements for arranging your health examination.

Electronic health processing

We use an online system known as eMedical to process Australian immigration health examinations results electronically.

Assessment of health examination results

Your health examination reports are forwarded to the department for assessment to determine if you meet the health requirement.

Health waivers

If you have failed to meet the health requirement for a visa where a health waiver is available, you will be considered for a waiver of the health requirement.

Health undertakings

You may be required to sign a Health Undertaking where you are assessed as having a condition or disease that will require a follow up medical examination after arriving in Australia.