Health examination requirement has changed from 20 November 2015

As you know Australian visa applicant might be required to undergo health examinations as part of the visa application process.  From 20 November 2015 new immigration health arrangements are in place. 

The most important part of this change is  for temporary visa applicant from the countries* which are lower risk in terms of TB. They do not generally need to complete immigration health examinations for a temporary visa unless special significance applies**. medical-300x200

For provisional or permanent visas health examination are required and also some more test added to the health examination depend on the country of origin of visa applicant.

There are a number of changes being implemented by the Department, which impact immigration health policy and processing arrangements from 20 November 2015 onwards. These include:

  • a new ‘health matrix’ – that is, changes to the health examinations that temporary visa applicants are required to complete
  • new tuberculosis (TB) testing arrangements for certain child visa applicants
  • a new list of health services that are considered to be ‘in short supply’ and hence might impact your ability to meet the health requirement if you require these services
  • changes to arrangements in terms of re-use of existing health examination results.

These new arrangements are designed to ensure that Australia’s immigration health screening remains appropriately targeted – with the Australian community effectively protected against risks to public health but visa applicants not required to complete unnecessary health examinations where considered to be ‘lower risk’ from a health perspective.



* Countries which do not generally require immigration health examinations: Albania; American Samoa; Andorra; Antigua and Barbuda; Argentina; Aruba; Australia; Austria; Bahamas; Bahrain; Barbados; Belgium; Belize; Bermuda; Bonaire; Bouvet Island; Bulgaria; Canada; Cayman Islands; Chile; Christmas Island; Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Cook Islands; Costa Rica; Croatia; Cuba; Curacao; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Dominica; Egypt; Estonia; Falkland Islands; Faroe Islands; Finland; France; French Polynesia; FYR Macedonia (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia); Germany; Gibraltar; Greece; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Heard and McDonald Islands; Hungary; Iceland; Iran; Ireland; Israel; Italy; Jamaica; Japan; Jordan; Kosovo; Kuwait; Lebanon; Lichtenstein; Luxembourg; Malta; Mauritius; Mexico; Monaco; Montenegro; Montserrat;  Netherlands; Netherlands Antilles; New Caledonia; New Zealand; Niue; Norfolk Island; Norway; Oman; Palestinian Authority; Pitcairn Island; Poland; Portugal; Puerto Rico; Reunion Island; Saint Eustatius & Saba; Saint Helena (Ascension and Tristan da Cunha); Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Martin (Dutch); Samoa; San Marino; Saudi Arabia; Serbia; Seychelles;  Slovakia; Slovenia; South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands; Spain; Svalbard & Jan Mayen; Sweden; Switzerland; Tokelau; Tonga; Trinidad and Tobago; Tunisia; Turkey; Turks and Caicos Islands; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom (British citizen); United States of America; Uruguay; Vatican City; Virgin Islands (British); Virgin Islands (US);  Wallis and Fortuna Islands.


** Special significance situations:

Special significance situations Additional health examinations required
You are from a higher TB-risk country and likely to enter a health care or hospitalenvironment. Chest x-ray examination (if aged 11 or over) and a medical examination
You are pregnant and intend to have the baby in Australia Hepatitis B test
You intend to work as (or study to be) a doctor, dentist, nurse or paramedic. Chest x-ray and medical examinations
HIV, hepatitis B and C blood tests
You are likely to work (or be a trainee) at anAustralian childcare centre (including preschools and creches). Chest x-ray and a medical examination
You are aged 75 years or older and applying for a Visitor visa (subclass 600 and 676 only). Medical examination


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