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Australian Student Visa Requirements - Character and Medical

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To be eligible for a student visa, you must be considered to be of good character.  In addition, some student visa applicants must meet health requirements.

Good Character requirements

For the purposes of travelling to Australia on a student visa, being of good character means that you must not present a significant risk that you will engage in criminal conduct in Australia.  You must not be at risk to:

In addition, you must not have a substantial criminal record.  You may have a substantial criminal record if you have been:

Medicals and Health requirements

You must meet certain health requirements and may need to undergo a health examination. The requirements vary based on:

Health examinations can be completed before you lodge your visa application, but no more than six months before your course starts.

A medical test (i.e. a medical examination which may include a chest x-ray, HIV, Hepatitis B and/or Hepatitis C test) may be required if:

Depending on the circumstances, the Australian Government office has the right to add further health requirements at the discretion of the visa processing officer.  Additionally, you will be required to meet the health insurance requirements when you arrive in Australia as a student.

Health insurance requirements

You must have health insurance when you arrive to study in Australia. Health insurance can be provided by obtaining Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) which provides medical and hospital insurance.

You can ask your education provider to organise OSHC for you, or you can select an approved OSHC provider yourself and pay the insurance.

Exceptions: You do not need OSHC if you are:

Proof of insurance: When you lodge your application, you must provide a receipt or other proof of your OSHC payment. The OSHC should commence when you arrive in Australia.