Health cover requirements

International students holding an Australian student visa are required to maintain valid Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) with an approved OSHC provider.

All international students (and their dependents) require Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their student and student dependent visas. 

As part of the Student Visa condition, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) requires continuous Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for all student visa applications. This means you must be able to show DHA that you have OSHC for the entire duration of your student visa. 

As an RMIT student we recommend that you purchase OSHC from our preferred OSHC provider Medibank. To make it easy for you RMIT can arrange this for you when you accept your offer.

Alternatively, you can choose to purchase OSHC yourself from an approved Australian health insurance provider. You will need to provide the details of this cover to RMIT before we can issue you a CoE.

Medibank Comprehensive OSHC

RMIT works with Medibank as our preferred OSHC provider.

In your offer letter,  the Medibank OSHC premium is calculated according to your program duration and visa length. To arrange your OSHC, you can pay this OSHC amount together with your Program deposit when you accept your Offer. RMIT can accept your OSHC payment and arrange on your behalf.

Find out more about Medibank Comprehensive OSHC and its services below

Medibank Comprehensive OSHC is offered to selected universities.

Medibank on campus is available to support and assist our students with their queries.

Medibank OSHC app to manage your membership online.

Medibank OSHC Information

Medibank 24/7 Student Health and Support Line for students.

The benefits of the Medibank Comprehensive OSHC Policy above a standard policy are:

  • On-Campus Medibank Support Staff
  • Medibank 24/7 Student Health and Support Line;
  • 100% back on eligible prescription medicines up to annual limits after co-payment ($30);
  • 100% covered for Emergency Ambulance
  • 100% of Emergency Facility Fee covered at any Hospital;
  • Consultation fee will be directly billed to Medibank.

Disclaimers:

^ For ambulance attendance and transportation to a hospital where immediate professional attention is required, and your medical condition is such that you couldn't be transported any other way.

*Medibank Comprehensive pays 100% of the cost of eligible prescription medicines after a $30 member contribution amount, up to annual limits of $500 for Single policies or $1,000 for non-Single policies. Medibank Essentials OSHC pays up to $70 of the cost of eligible prescription medicines after a $30 member contribution amount, up to annual limits of $300 for Single policies or $600 for non-Single policies.

# The facility fee may not include all services provided and out-of-pocket expenses may apply such as for x-rays, blood tests and any charges raised by the doctor above the benefit we pay.

~ Waiting periods apply. Please see your Cover Summary for more details (Comprehensive OSHC)

International students who are not on a student visa are strongly encouraged to purchase personal health cover for their time in Australia. Further details about health cover options are available from Medibank for overseas visitors.

The DHA provides an 'increased visa period' to all international students applying for a new visa subclass 574 (Masters by research or PhD). The visa period increases by a further six months after your completion date. Therefore, you will need to ensure you have valid OSHC for the full increased visa duration.

  • a Norwegian student covered by the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme
  • a Belgian student covered under the Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with Australia
  • studying for less than three months on a visitor or tourist visa
    • You will not be eligible for OSHC and are advised to purchase Overseas Visitors Health Cover or comprehensive travel insurance
  • an Australian government scholarship student.
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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer

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torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.