For help finding the right visa, use the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s Visa Finder.
Many Australian visas require you to get health insurance. Each visa is different, but generally they will want to see proof that you’ve purchased adequate health cover with the minimum medical, hospital and ambulance cover.
Medibank offers several overseas health cover plans for people visiting Australia, whether alone or with partners or families. These can help meet the health insurance requirements of the relevant visas, and allow you to relax, knowing that you and your loved ones are covered by Australia’s leading health insurance provider.
We’ve answered some frequently asked questions for student, worker and visitor visas below. If you have more questions, contact Medibank.
What visa do I need to study in Australia?
There is now only the Student visa - subclass 500 - no matter if you’re coming to study at university, TAFE, or high school. If you hold a closed student visa - subclasses 570-576 - the following information is for you too.
If you are planning to study in Australia for less than three months, you may be eligible for a visitor visa.
What kind of health insurance do I need for my student visa?
To be granted a Student visa for Australia you must purchase Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
There are some countries with special agreements with Australia, and people from those countries may be exempt from needing OSHC. Find out if you are from one of those countries here.
What does OSHC cover me for?
At the least, an OSHC plan must provide adequate medical and hospital cover, plus emergency ambulance transport and limited pharmaceutical cover. This will help with the costs for some doctors and hospital visits, should you need them. Here’s a detailed list of what to look for in an OSHC plan.
What doesn’t OSHC cover me for?
OSHC generally doesn’t cover you for services such as dental, optical or physiotherapy. But if you’d like to be covered for these services, you can take out ancillary or extras cover. You can talk to Medibank's overseas health cover team about the best extras cover for you.
What does Medibank offer?
Medibank offers two different OSHC plans to visiting students and their partners and families. Both plans are 100% compliant with your visa health insurance requirements, and both can be upgraded with optional extras.