Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is health insurance for international students and their dependants travelling with them (for example, spouses and children under 18 years old). OSHC helps to cover some medical costs while studying in Australia.
The Department of Home Affairs requires overseas students (and dependants travelling with them) to have purchased OSHC for the duration of their studies in Australia, before applying for an international student visa. Some exceptions may apply for students from Norway and Belgium under their country's Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with Australia. Further information is available at the Department of Home Affairs website.
The cost of OSHC is additional to your tuition fees. You can organise your OSHC through TAFE Queensland when applying for your course. TAFE Queensland will receive an administration fee from Allianz Care Australia for arranging your OSHC. You may choose to obtain your OSHC through any other government-approved provider.
OSHC must be purchased before arrival in Australia and must be aligned with the student visa period. It is most important that your health cover does not lapse, an overseas student must never be without OSHC while in Australia.
Further information about OSHC in Australia is available here.
Allianz Care Australia is TAFE Queensland’s preferred provider of Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
Allianz Care Australia is a part of the Allianz Group, which has a presence in over 70 countries and offers range of insurance products and services to 100 million customers worldwide. Experts in international health insurance, Allianz Care Australia is one of the largest OSHC providers in Australia.
Allianz Care Australia OSHC offers International Students cover for hospital admissions, ambulance, specialists, tests and prescription medicines*.
Students who purchase Allianz Care Australia OSHC through TAFE Queensland also get the following benefits:
*This is a summary of information and benefits. For the full exclusions, limitations, waiting periods, terms and conditions please read the Policy Document which is available at Allianz Care Australia website.
Allianz Care Australia Safety Services (powered by Sonder) is an app that gives members access to a network of professionals that are always available to offer help, in a range of languages, whenever needed – day or night.
You can use the app when:
Further information about Allianz care Australia Overseas Student health Cover is available on their website.
When your OSHC has been organized by TAFE Queensland with Allianz Care Australia
You will be sent your policy information and documents in 24 - 48 hours after processing your Confirmation of Enrolment. Upon arrival in Australia, please create your online account on the Allianz website.
- Policy number (Refer to your policy document)
- Date of Birth
- The first three characters of your Surname (Family name)
Early Arrival and OSHC: Students arriving in Australia more than one month prior to their start of study may not be sufficiently covered for Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). In the case of early arrival, students will be required to organise additional OSHC. This will incur an additional cost.
Allianz Care Safety Services Package: As a TAFE Queensland student with Allianz Care Overseas Student Health Cover you get access to the Safety Services Package powered by Sonder, an on-demand app that offers you 24/7 phone or live chat that you can turn to whenever you need support. Soon after receiving this email, you will receive an activation link from firstname.lastname@example.org. How it works: You can use your Safety Services Package powered by Sonder whenever you feel concerned or unsure about a situation.
When your OSHC has been organized with a different provider
You will need to speak to them about getting your membership card, what is included in your cover, and how to make a claim.
Purchase OSHC through another approved provider
If you don't want to use Allianz Care, you can organise your OSHC through any other government-approved provider.
If you do choose to arrange your own OSHC, make sure to compare what other providers offer – for example, some do not offer cover for pre-existing conditions.
Visit the provider websites to find out more about the cover they offer: Find approved OSHC providers
If you use one of these providers, you must contact them directly to organise and pay for your cover.
When you accept your TAFE Queensland offer, you'll need to provide evidence of your OSHC to us before we can send you a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).