A waiver of the need to meet the health requirement (a health waiver) is available for applicants of certain visa subclasses.
Note: No health waiver is available where you have been found to have active tuberculosis, or another condition considered to be a threat to public health.
Visas that have a provision for a health waiver to be considered
|100||Partner (from 1/7/2009 or Spouse before 1/7/2009)|
|186||Employer Nomination Scheme (Temporary Residence Transition stream only)|
|187||Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Temporary Residence Transition stream only)|
|188||Business innovation and investment (Provisional) (Business Innovation Extension stream or Significant Investor Extension stream only)|
|189||Skilled Independent 189 (New Zealand Stream only)|
|201||In Country Special Humanitarian|
|202||Global Special Humanitarian|
|204||Woman at Risk|
|457*||Temporary Work (Skilled)
Note: This visa is closed to new applications, however, this still applicable to pending cases. A waiver is not available to IEFAO applicants.
|461||NZ citizen family relationship|
|482||Temporary Skill Shortage|
|500||Student (Foreign Affairs or Defence sector only)|
|820||Partner (extended eligibility)|
|850||Resolution of status|
|852||Referred stay (Permanent)|
|888||Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent)|
*Please note a special type of waiver applies to this subclass.
Visas where a health waiver provision is available in specific circumstances
A health waiver can be considered for the following visas if the specific circumstances outlined below apply:
- the primary applicant has applied in Australia as a long residence applicant or if the primary applicant has applied as a defence service applicant.
- the applicant holds a particular provisional visa
- the applicant holds a visa obtained by Ministerial Intervention such as a substituted 600 or 676.
|884||Contributory aged parent (T)||3|
|864||Contributory Aged Parent||3|
|890||Business owner (residence)||2|
|892||State/Territory sponsored business owner (residence)||2|
|893||State/Territory sponsored investor (residence)||2 |
A health waiver is available to be considered for certain other visas where The Department of Home Affairs is satisfied that the granting of the visa would be unlikely to result in undue costs or prejudice to access. These waivers are referred to as a PIC 4007 health waiver.
A health waiver may only be exercised after a Medical Officer of the Commonwealth has determined that the visa applicant does not meet the health requirement and where we are satisfied that the granting of the visa would be unlikely to result in:
- undue costs (The policy threshold for the level of costs regarded as significant is currently AUD 40 000) or
- further pressure on health care and community services that are in already short supply in Australia. The Department of Home Affairs refers to this as ‘prejudice to access’.