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Australian Work and Holiday Visa - Character and Medical Requirements

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

Good Character

Everyone who wants to enter or stay in Australia must satisfy the character requirement as set out in Section 501 of the Migration Act 1958 (the Act).

When applying for the Work and Holiday visa, you must advise us if you have any criminal convictions and you may be asked to provide further information and/or police certificates as part of your assessments against the character test.

The Character Test

You will not pass the character test if:

Substantial Criminal Record

A substantial criminal record is based on the length of a sentence imposed by a court of law, rather than the time actually spent in prison.

For the purpose of the character test, a person is deemed to have a substantial criminal record if they have been:


Medicals and Health

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.