November 16, 2021

Are you in Australia on a temporary visa and/or not registered with Medicare? If so, you will be unable to obtain vaccination certificates and passports in the usual manner.

The following Visas classify as temporary: Visitor Visa, Working Holiday Visas, Student Visas, Graduate Visas, 482 Visa short-term stream, Covid Visa, Training Visa.

If you are not eligible for Medicare, you need an Individual Healthcare Identifier (IHI) to get your proof of COVID-19 vaccinations online.

You can get an IHI using the Individual Healthcare Identifiers service (IHI service) through myGov

First, you need to check if you already have an IHI. You have an IHI if any of the following apply:

  • you have a Medicare card
  • you have a DVA card
  • you’re enrolled in Medicare.

If any of these do apply, you can get your proof using either your:

  • Medicare online account through myGov
  • Express Plus Medicare mobile app

  • If you don’t have an IHI, you can use the IHI service through myGov to apply for one and link it. To do this, sign in to myGov then:

    1. Select Services or Link your first service.
    2. Select Individual Healthcare Identifiers service and then follow the prompts.

    You don’t need an IHI to get the vaccines, you only need it to get proof of your vaccinations.

    If you’re not eligible for Medicare and need to get an international certificate, you can request one by either:

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    May 8, 2021

    The Immigration Minister, Alex Hawke made a few announcements important for migrants in Australia:
    1) Hospitality and Tourism are soon also to be classified as critical industries alongside other sectors such as agriculture, food processing, health care, disability care and childcare with similar allowances. Temporary visa holders working in or intending to work in critical sectors are able to apply for the Subclass 408 COVID-19 Visa which enables them to remain in Australia for up to 12 additional months and have full work rights. 
    2) International Students working in Hospitality and Tourism will soon be exempt from their work limitations and can work beyond their usually restricted hours.
    3) Veterinarians will be added to the Priority Skilled Occupation List for skills deemed critical for Australia’s economic recovery. Read our previous blog article about the other priority occupations here

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    Migrant workers in Tourism and Hospitality allowed to work more hours and apply for the COVID-19 Visa.

    There are currently 300,000 international students in Australia who have restricted work rights and can only work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight while studying. In order to boost the tourism and hospitality industry, the Australian Government is now removing the existing cap for student visa holders employed in these sectors following strong industry feedback. 

    Immigration Minister Hawke said the tourism and hospitality sectors employ more than half a million Australians and these changes will help businesses supplement their existing workforce, which he described as “generating employment through a job multiplier effect”.

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