Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is insurance that provides cover on the costs for medical and hospital care which international students may need while in Australia. OSHC will also pay for most prescription drugs and emergency ambulance transport.
All international students studying in Australia must purchase an approved OSHC policy from a registered health benefits organisation commonly referred to as health funds before applying for your visa. A student will need to buy OSHC before he/she arrives in Australia, to cover the student from the date of his/her arrival in Australia. A student will also need to maintain OSHC throughout his/her stay in Australia. More information about purchasing. You can find out more about OSHC at
Some of registered health insurers that offer OSHC are: