Visa condition 8501 states:
“the holder must maintain adequate arrangements for health insurance while the holder is in Australia”.
What does this mean?
It means that while you are in Australia on this visa, you must have appropriate health cover.
The Department might ask you for evidence of health insurance before they grant you the visa.
You can find out everything you need to know about OVHC here.
If something happens during your time in Australia, OVHC will provide you with access to hospitals and health care.
OVHC can cover:
- Doctors fees.
- Medical evacuation to your home country.
- Emergency transport.
- Treatment and accommodation in private hospitals, or as a private patient in a public hospital.
- Prescription medication.
Remember that the Australian government has reciprocal health care agreements with 11 countries. If you are from one of these countries, you are covered by an agreement:
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom