The department might be able to exercise a health waiver for applicants for some visa subclasses if a Medical Officer of the CommonThe departmentalth (MOC) finds they don't meet the health requirement.
You must first meet all other eligibility criteria for the visa. The department must then be satisfied that granting you the visa is unlikely to:
- result in a significant cost to the community
- prevent Australian citizens from accessing health care or community services in short supply
The department can't exercise a health waiver if you fail to meet the health requirement because:
- you have active tuberculosis
- your condition might pose a danger to the community or is a threat to public health
See more about significant costs and services in short supply.
How The department exercise health waivers
You can't apply for a health waiver. Your visa officer will contact you to let you know you have not met the health requirements but a waiver might be considered.
The department will ask you to:
- Give us more information about why a health waiver should be exercised
- Complete a formal submission template telling us why The department should exercise a health waiver
The department consider each waiver on a case-by-case basis. The department will consider a number of factors when The department decide to exercise a health waiver, including:
- Whether you or any of your family members can lessen the potential cost of your condition and your reliance on our health care and community services, and
- Any compassionate and compelling circumstances that support exercising a health waiver for you
Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visa applicants
Subclass 457 was closed to new applications on 18 March 2018. If you or any members of the family unit applied for a subclass 457 visa before this date, The department can exercise a health waiver under Public Interest Criterion 4006A if:
- You or someone applying for the visa with you doesn't meet the health requirement due to the likelihood it will cause significant cost to the community or prevent Australian citizens accessing health care or community services in short supply
- Your Australian employer undertakes to meet all costs related to the health condition that caused you or someone applying for the visa with you to fail to meet the health requirement
If you applied for a Temporary Skill Shortage (subclass 482) visa on or after 18 March 2018 as the family member of a person who already holds a Subclass 457 visa, The department will assess your health waiver under Public Interest Criterion 4007.
Health waiver outcomes
- The department will continue processing your visa application if The department exercise a health waiver.
- The department will refuse your visa application if The department don't exercise a health waiver. Your visa officer will let you know if this is the case.