Chest X‑ray Requirements Regulations

‘The Migration Amendment (Chest X-ray Requirements) Regulations 2019 (the Regulations) relate to certain unauthorised maritime arrivals (UMAs)’ and remove the requirement for age related chest x-rays

The new Migration Amendment (Chest X‑ray Requirements) Regulations 2019 commences on 2 March 2019 and remove the requirement for age-related chest x-rays for applicants for visa subclasses 785 and 790.

The explanatory statement includes the following passages:

The Migration Amendment (Chest X-ray Requirements) Regulations 2019 (the Regulations) relate to certain unauthorised maritime arrivals (UMAs).  The meaning of ‘unauthorised maritime arrival’ is contained in section 5AA of the Migration Act.  The temporary protection visas for which UMAs may be able to apply are the Subclass 785 (Temporary Protection) visa and the Subclass 790 (Safe Haven Enterprise) visa.

Applicants for these visas are subject to chest x-ray requirements.  The purpose of a chest x-ray is to screen for tuberculosis.  An applicant under the age of 11 is generally not required to undergo a chest x-ray.  

Holders of these visas may need to make another application for either visa.  In this situation, the original chest x-ray meets the requirements for the subsequent visa application.  However, applicants who were under the age of 11 when they previously applied, and did not require a chest x-ray at that time, are currently required to provide an x-ray if they are aged 11 or older.

[A] review recommended that the requirement for age related chest x-rays be removed, and this amendment implements that recommendation.

The amendments apply in relation to:

(a)  applications for Subclass 785 (Temporary Protection) visas or Subclass 790 (Safe Haven Enterprise) visas made, but not finally determined, before 2 March 2019; and

(b)  applications for Subclass 785 (Temporary Protection) visas or Subclass 790 (Safe Haven Enterprise) visas made on or after 2 March 2019.


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Sergio Zanotti Stagliorio is a Registered Migration Agent (MARN 1461003). He is the owner of Target Migration in Sydney. He can be reached at sergio@targetmigration.com.au