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gazdoubleu
1st July 2013, 07:41 AM
Hi folks,

I have a query about the health insurance required to be 457 visa compliant. I am being informed by the HR dept of my prospective employer (who are acting as agents) that I need health insurance and travel insurance in order to comply with DIAC for 457 visa insurance.

My understanding (from the DIAC website and 457 migration booklet) is that either comprehensive travel insurance or health insurance will suffice provided they meet the requirements of DIAC as found in this link http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/_pdf/hi-template.rtf

As I found it impossible to get travel insurance that 'fits the bill' I have taken out medical insurance with an Australian provider, they automatically emailed me with a letter of compliance for 457 purposes yet HR insist that I need to present DIAC with details of travel insurance.

Are HR correct in stipulating a need for two types of insurances or mistaken?

regards

Gary

nvoorst
2nd July 2013, 12:38 PM
This is what the Migration Regulations say : Condition -8501: The holder must maintain adequate arrangements for health insurance while the holder is in Australia.

There is no mention of any travel insurance as far as Migration Law is concerned.

It makes of course good sense to have travel insurance whenever you travel.

I can't tell if an employer can force you to take out travel insurance as part of their employment conditions, but that's a different issue.

grossbard
18th July 2013, 01:42 PM
You only need health insurance to meet this condition. It must be a 457 visa health insurance policy (http://www.457visacompared.com.au/457-visa-health-insurance) which meets DIAC requirements.

nvoorst
18th July 2013, 07:56 PM
Thanks for posting that excellent link. Very useful !