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Temporary visas

Temporary visas are usually granted to people who want to enter and remain in Australia for short periods of times.

Temporary visas can be granted in Australia and outside Australia.

Temporary visas are granted to tourists, workers, business people, students and some spouse and other family visas.

As the holder of a temporary visa you can:

  • live and work in Australia on a temporary basis
  • have access to Medicare, in some cases
  • study in Australia
  • be eligible for Australian permanent residence depending on your circumstances

Temporary residents should know what visa they should apply for as this will affect their eligibility to apply for a permanent visa. You should know what are the criteria for the visa and what conditions will attach to the visa as some conditions will affect your eligibility to apply for permanent residence.

Work rights may be given in some cases. You will generally be entitled to work up to 20 hours each week.

You will be required to undergo a health examination to entre Australia on a temporary visa. The circumstances requiring that you undergo a health examination includes if:

  • You have a medical condition;
  • You are likely to enter hospital or a nursing homes as a patient or a visitor or employee;
  • You will enter a classroom or
  • You are over 75 years of age

Documents attached to your visa application in languages other than English should be accompanied by an English translation. You should use a translator accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translations and Interpreters (NAATI).  Their website is found at

Your Australian sponsoring partner may be requested to provide an Assurance of Support (AoS). An AOS is a commitment to provide financial support to a visa applicant so that they do not rely on any government social welfare benefits. It is also a legal commitment to repay the Australian Government should a person seek government assistance. An AOS is generally in force for 2 years.


By receiving Medicare you may receive free public hospital and general practitioner’s assistance, medical examinations including X-rays and pathology tests, eye tests performed by optometrists, most surgical procedures and subsidised medicines.

Medicare will not cover ambulance services, home nursing, physiotherapy, glasses and contact lenses, hearing aids, medical and hospital costs incurred overseas.

If you apply for a Medicare card you will be required to take your card to the health professional each time to attend an appointment.

You should contact Medicare 10 days after your arrival in Australia and take your passport. Medicare have several offices in each capital city and major regional centre in Australia. Medicare can be contacted on 13 2011.

You should also consider taking private health insurance with either MBF or HCF. Some additional benefits that you might receive by taking private health insurance includes:

  • Choosing a doctor to treat you;
  • Less time spent in hospital waiting queues for a bed;
  • Receiving medical treatment in a private hospital instead of a public hospital; or
  • Possibly additional dental, optical, physiotherapy and chiropractic services

For more information click here to visit the Medicare website.

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