Some of this information is taken from the Australian Government Department of Health website at:
http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/Publishing.nsf/Content/Overseas+Student+Health+Cover+FAQ-1

What is OSHC?

OSHC is insurance to assist international students meet the costs of medical and hospital care that they may need while in Australia. OSHC will also pay limited benefits for pharmaceuticals and ambulance services.

Who has to take out OSHC?

People who must take out OSHC are overseas students undertaking formal studies in Australia and their dependents (for example, spouses and children under 18 years old).

For the purposes of OSHC, ‘overseas student’ means:

  • a person who is the holder of a student visa; or
  • a person who:
    • is an applicant for a student visa; and
    • is the holder of a bridging visa; and
    • was immediately before being granted the bridging visa, the holder of a student visa.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship requires overseas students to maintain OSHC for the duration of time they are in Australia. For further information please visit the Department of Immigration & Citizenship website.

For more information on OSHC please visit our OSHC information page.

Who doesn't have to take out OSHC?

Belgian, Norwegian and some Swedish students are not required to purchase OSHC as part of their visa requirements.

Which insurers offer OSHC?

How do I purchase OSHC?

You can arrange to pay for your OSHC through Endeavour College of Natural Health or you can purchase OSHC online by visiting the OSHC insurers’ websites. You retain the right to choose your own OSHC provider even when your educational institution makes a specific recommendation because they have negotiated a preferred provider arrangement with a particular insurer.

How much does OSHC cost?

The cost of OSHC varies depending on the type of cover required. The average cost of minimum cover is $437 for 12 months singles cover, $1222 for 12 months couples cover, $1744 for 12 months single-parents cover and $2022 family cover (Australian dollars).

For more information regarding OSHC, please visit the Australian Government Department of Health website at:
http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/Publishing.nsf/Content/Overseas+Student+Health+Cover+FAQ-1