Individuals and Travellers

Medical Practitioner visa (subclass 422)

​This visa is closed to new applications.​


This visa is closed to new applicants.​


You cannot get this visa.

About this visa

The Medical Practitioner visa (subclass 422) is closed to new applications. You cannot apply for this visa.

You might be able to apply for the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457).

Visa holders

Workers in Australia – including visa holders with permission to work – have rights under Australian workplace law.

The Fair Work Ombudsman’s Pay and Conditions Tool (PACT) provides information on pay rates, shift calculations, leave arrangements and notice and redundancy entitlements.

See also: Workplace rights for all visa holders working in Australia

This information is for people who have already been granted a Medical Practitioner visa (subclass 422). It explains your rights and obligations.

You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa details and entitlements.

How long your visa lasts

This visa is usually valid for between three months and four years starting from the date by which you must first enter Australia. Your visa grant letter will tell you what this date is.

What this visa lets you do

This visa allows you and any family members who have also been granted the visa to:

  • work in Australia for up to four years
  • bring your family with you to Australia – they can work and study
  • travel in and out of Australia any number of times as long as the visa is valid.

Your obligations

You and your family must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.

Work in Australia

You must:

  • not stop being employed by the employer who sponsored you for the visa
  • not work in a position or occupation that is inconsistent with the one for which your visa was granted.

If your employment ends, you must do one of the following:

  • find another employer who is willing to sponsor you for another appropriate visa (except for a Medical Practitioner (subclass 422) visa)
  • apply for another type of visa
  • leave Australia before your visa ends.

Private health insurance

You are responsible for all your health costs while you are in Australia. You and your family must have adequate private medical and hospital health insurance for the time you are in Australia unless your country has a reciprocal health care agreement with Australia and you are enrolled with Medicare. You can use an insurance company from in or outside Australia.

Taxation requirements

You must comply with Australia’s taxation law if you work in Australia. The Australian Taxation Office's website has more information.

Report changes in circumstances

You must tell us if your circumstances change.  This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth, divorce, separation, marriage, de facto relationship or death in your family.

Please report changes in your circumstances via ImmiAccount.  If you are not able to use ImmiAccount, you can use the following forms:

If you do not provide us with the details of any new passport issued to you, you could experience significant delays at the airport and may be denied permission to board your plane.

Contact information

If you need to add a dependent to your visa, you will need to contact the relevant processing centre.

Location of Sponsoring Head Office Processing centre
Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria Melbourne CBD
Western Australia Perth
New South Wales. South Australia and Australian Capital Territory Sydney CBD


This information is for the sponsor of a medical practitioner on a Medical Practitioner visa (subclass 422).

You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO for Organisations) to check the visa details and entitlements of a person that you have sponsored.

How long the sponsorship lasts

Your sponsorship of the medical practitioner lasts for the duration of their visa.

Contact information

If sponsorship information needs to be updated contact the relevant processing area.

Location of Sponsoring Head Office Processing centre
Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria Melbourne CBD
Western Australia Perth
New South Wales. South Australia and Australian Capital Territory Sydney CBD

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Estimate the cost of your visa

The following Visa Pricing Estimator requires you to answer the questions as accurately as possible to provide you with an estimate for lodging a visa application. The estimator does not include the second instalment of the visa application charge which is payable for some visas. Please note this is an estimate for a visa application, if you have already lodged your application and you want to change/add applicants please refer to the Visa Pricing Table. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection Visa Pricing Estimator will give you an estimate of the charges you may need to pay to lodge a visa application. This is paid after you have made your application but before the visa can be granted. Read the department's full disclaimer. The Commonwealth of Australia does not guarantee the accuracy, currency or completeness of any material in the Visa Pricing Estimator.