Assessment of health examination results

Submission of your health examination results

The panel physician who conducts your health examination will not provide an opinion on your ability to meet the health requirement. The panel physician is only required to record the results of your health examination and provide a recommendation regarding the status of your health.

If you complete your health examinations online, once your results are submitted by the panel clinic or migration medical services provider in Australia, your results will generally be cleared in minutes by the system or referred for manual processing.

If you do not complete your health examinations online the completed reports will usually be sent to us by the examining physician. Processing times for health examinations not completed online will vary as the reports need to be mailed to Australia for processing.

Who decides whether I meet the health requirement

The department or our migration medical services provider will then decide whether or not you meet the health requirement based on your completed health examination reports.

Your visa officer might make this decision based on information provided via our health processing systems or a Medical Officer of the Commonwealth (MOC) might be required to provide an opinion on your case as explained further below.

When can my visa officer make the decision

If your health examination report shows no significant health conditions, your visa officer might be able to clear your health results without referring them to a MOC. This will depend on where you completed your health examinations.

When is a Medical Officer of the Commonwealth opinion required

Where a significant health condition has been identified, or you completed your health examinations in certain countries, your health examination reports will be referred to a Medical Officer of the Commonwealth (MOC) for assessment. A MOC will then provide one of the following opinions:

  • The applicant meets the health requirement
  • The applicant meets the health requirement on the condition that they sign a health undertaking
  • The applicant does not meet the health requirement.
    Note: The visa application will be refused unless a health waiver is available and is exercised.

The visa officer must take all lawful MOC opinions as correct.

The MOC might ask you to provide additional information and/or complete additional health examinations before giving an opinion.

If a significant condition is identified, a MOC opinion will not be provided until your visa application has been lodged, and all information available has been considered.
Note: Clients found to have active Tuberculosis will also be given a deferred outcome while they undergo treatment.

Where can I get information about my results

You should not contact the department to check on the status of your health examination results unless you first check that we have received them, in line with the processes outlined below.

If you have lodged a visa application online via ImmiAccount you can get updated information regarding the status of your immigration health examinations via the Application Details page within your online visa application. Select the 'View health assessment’ in the left panel under 'View application status' and the updated status information will appear on the screen.

Alternatively, you can also check online that your health results have been submitted by using eMedical Client. For more information, see electronic health processing.

If the results have not yet been submitted, please follow up with the clinic that you attended to complete your health examinations. If the clinic advises that they have submitted your health results and they believe a system error has occurred, please ask the clinic to contact us directly via agreed eMedical support channels.

If you have any queries about your health examination results after your health examination has been submitted, you should contact your visa officer. Staff at a panel clinic or who work for our migration medical services provider cannot answer these questions for you.

Important: We do not offer a pre-visa assessment service. If you complete your health examinations before lodging a visa application, please lodge your visa application first and then contact your visa officer for advice about your health examination results if necessary. You will not receive information about adverse opinions until you lodge your visa application and all information available has been considered by a Medical Officer of the Commonwealth (MOC). See My Health Declarations for further information.

How long is my health clearance valid for?

Your health clearance is usually valid for 12 months. However, if you are asked to sign a health undertaking, your health clearance is valid for six months.

Can I re-use my health clearance or examination reports for a new visa application?

Depending on your circumstances, you might be able to re re-use your existing health clearance or health examinations reports for a new visa application.

Health clearance: Depending on the type of health clearance you received for your current visa and the health examinations that you completed, you might be able to re-use your clearance to show that you meet the health requirement for a new visa application if it remains valid.

Health examination reports; Alternatively, you might be able to re-use individual health examinations reports that are available electronically in eMedical with the exception of the Medical Examination (501). For example, if they remain valid, you might be able to re-use the results of your Chest x-ray examination (502) or HIV test (707) for your current visa and just complete any other required examinations to show that you meet the health requirement for a new visa application.
Examples:

  • You completed permanent health examinations (chest x-ray, medical and HIV test) for your Temporary Work (Skilled) visa. Three months later you apply for a permanent skilled visa. You might be able to re-use your permanent health clearance for your new visa application.
  • You recently completed a chest x-ray examination in eMedical for your Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) and you are now lodging an application for a permanent visa in Australia. In this case, you should be able to re-use your valid chest x-ray examination and only have to undertake an additional medical examination and HIV test - as required for the permanent visa.
  • You have recently only completed a chest x-ray and a medical examination for your Student visa and you are now lodging an application for a permanent visa in Australia. In this case, you should be able to re-use your valid chest x-ray examination and only have to undertake an additional HIV test, as well as a medical examination (as this cannot be re-used).

What information do I need to provide about previous health examinations?

When you apply for a visa, you will be asked whether you have completed health examinations in the last 12 months. Please make sure that you provide this information to us, including any relevant HAP IDs that you have been given previously.

Who decides whether I can re-use my previous results?

We will consider whether you can re-use your previous health clearance, and advise whether any new health examinations are required.

For online applications

This re-use assessment process is now done automatically. You will be advised via your visa application home page within ImmiAccount whether or not further health examinations are required.

For paper applications

If you have completed health examinations in the last 12 months, we recommend waiting for advice from your visa officer before undertaking new examinations to ensure you do not undertake additional health examinations unnecessarily.