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​​​​​​​​Medicare

The Commonwealth Government’s health care system (Medicare) covers all Australian citizens, permanent residents and citizens of New Zealand for free.

It also covers subsidised treatment by health professionals and hospital care.
More information is available from the Department of Human Services website​.

 

WA Health

WA Health is Western Australia’s public health system. Visit their Services search page to access health and community services provided by WA Health (and some services offered by others). Services include:

  • hospitals (public and private);

  • community health services;

  • Aboriginal health services;

  • mental health services;

  • public health services;

  • disaster preparedness management;

  • alcohol and drug services;

  • child health; and

  • dental services.

 

Private health insurance

Temporary visa holders should arrange private health insurance before their arrival in Australia. Restricted access to Medicare is available to some temporary visa holders from countries where Australia has a reciprocal hea​l​th care agreement​.

To compare private health funds and find further information for visitors and temporary residents, visit the PrivateHeal​th.gov.au website​.

The Commonwealth Government provides an income tested rebate to help people meet the cost of private health insurance. For more information, visit the
Department of Health website​.

News


 

 

The WA Government has made changes to its migration program to support skilled workers looking to migrate to Western Australia including increasing occupations eligible for skilled migration in WA by around 60 per cent.

 

New occupations have been added to the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List Schedule 1 (WASMOL Schedule 1) and the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List Schedule 2 (WASMOL Schedule 2).

 

The list of newly available occupations can be found on the WA State Nomination – combined occupation list.  

 

The WA Government has also waived the $200 application fee and has made changes to the requirements for new applicants as of 1 July 2022, including:


Removal of the requirement to demonstrate sufficient funds for WA State nomination.


Reduction in the English requirements for applicants at the Manager and Professional occupation level to the "competent" level of English.


Changes to the document requirements for the WASMOL Schedule 1&2 and the Graduate Occupation lists based on the visa the applicant is being nominated for.

 

The next round of invitations to apply for WA State nomination are anticipated to be issued in the third week of September 2022.

 

 

For more information on the State Nominated Migration Program and the new requirements visit the About State nomination page.


Fun Fact
Aboriginal art – There are more than 10 000 ancient rock engravings, some dating back 10 000 years at the Burrup Peninsula, Dampier, Western Australia.