If your child has one parent who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident, then the child will become an Australian citizen upon birth.
Giving birth in Australia while on a tourist visa (or having a baby in Australia if you’re non resident) can be a complex and potentially risky situation, as it may result in the individual and their child being in Australia unlawfully. It is important for individuals who are pregnant and planning to visit Australia on a tourist visa to carefully consider their options and seek legal advice before making any decisions.
If you are on a tourist visa, you will not be covered by Medicare and will need to ensure that you have adequate health and travel insurance to cover your time in hospital. You should also seek professional advice about health insurance for the baby, and coverage if there are complications with the birth.
The tourist visa application asks the following question:
During your proposed visit to Australia, do you expect to incur medical costs, or require treatment or medical follow up for pregnancy?
As a foreigner giving birth in Australia, especially while on a tourist visa can be very complicated as the child will need a passport and the Department will need to be informed of the birth in order to attach the visa to the child’s passport.
If you find yourself in this situation, and neither parent is an Australian citizen or permanent residence, you should seek professional advice from a Registered Migration Agent as soon as possible.
In general, it is not advisable for individuals to give birth in Australia while on a tourist visa. This is because a tourist visa is a temporary visa that does not allow you to live in Australia indefinitely or for a specified period of time.
It is also important to note that giving birth in Australia may result in significant costs, including medical expenses, hospital fees, and other related expenses.