From 14 September 2009, under visa Condition 8501, all new Subclass 457 visa holders are responsible for all health costs for themselves and their family. They will be required by law to maintain adequate insurance for these health costs for the length of their visa. Applicants for Subclass 457 visas will need to provide evidence that they have obtained adequate insurance before their visa can be granted.
For Subclass 457 visa holders, approved prior to 14 September 2009, the sponsor is still responsible for all medical or hospital expenses arising from treatment administered in a public hospital for the duration of the visa (other than expenses that are met by health insurance or reciprocal health care arrangements).
A confirmation letter from a health insurance provider must certify that you and any accompanying family members are, or will be immediately upon visa grant or your arrival in Australia, covered by health insurance that is at least as comprehensive as the minimum level of insurance required under the Subclass 457 visa program.
Family unit members applying separately from the main Subclass 457 visa holder must produce evidence as per above, which clearly indicates that the policy covers the family members.
HICA can assist you to ensure that you make adequate arrangements for health insurance that is at least as comprehensive as the minimum level of insurance required under the Subclass 457 visa program. HICA can also assist you to provide evidence of such to support your visa application. For further information or assistance, please call a HICA consultant on 1300 732 757.