International students studying in Australia, along with their dependents (spouses and children under 18 years old), must have current Overseas Student Health Cover.
OSHC covers visits to the doctor, limited hospital treatments, ambulance cover and limited pharmaceuticals (medicines).
OSHC insurers can provide a range of different OSHC products. These may range from a basic product which covers only the compulsory minimum services to comprehensive products which cover extra services.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection requires all overseas students to maintain OSHC for the duration of time they are in Australia. Overseas students who do not maintain their OSHC are at risk of having their visas cancelled.