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Overseas Student Health Cover

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

International students are required to take out Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their stay in Australia. The cost will be calculated based on the duration of your student visa.

Deakin College has appointed Bupa Overseas Student Health Cover to provide this cover.

OSHC Frequently Asked Questions

All international students must have OSHC. On 1 July 2010, The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) changed the student visa requirements. Under condition 8501, international students will have to obtain Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the proposed duration of their student visa. For students who will be undertaking a packaged course, there cannot be a gap in the OSHC coverage.

OSHC helps pay for medical and hospital care should you become ill during your stay in Australia. OSHC will also pay for most prescription drugs and emergency ambulance transport. OSHC will not cover any illness or disability that you had prior to arriving in Australia. It will also not cover ancillary services (for example, dental or optical services). If you require ancillary services you can take out extra OSHC, provided by an approved OSHC provider. Make sure you bring any optical or medical prescriptions with you to Australia.

This will depend on the duration of your visa. Deakin College will notify you of the costs in your offer letter.

If you already have OSHC please provide proof of coverage to Deakin College before you accept your offer.

Step 1. Register for myBupa

To create your myBupa profile you will need your membership number which you’ll find in your OSHC verification letter sent to your e-mail. Once you have your information handy you can either;

  • Register for myBUPA online at; or
  • Download the myBupa app on Google Play or the Apple Store

With the myBupa app, make sure you’ve adjusted your Google Play / App Store country settings to Australia to ensure you can access the correct app.

Once you register for myBupa, it’s easy to manage your health insurance and contact details online. You’ll be able to access all of your membership information in one place and edit your membership details to ensure we know how to contact you in Australia. This includes:

  • Membership Address (Home Mailing)
  • Phone Number
  • E-mail Address

Step 2: Receiving your Bupa membership card

It is important you access your membership card so that you can use your health cover at hospitals and clinics. To order your card, you can either;

1. Order a physical card. You can have a physical card delivered to your new Australian home. Simply follow these steps:

  • Login to your myBupa account at
  • Click the ‘Cover’ option in the Home Page menu
  • Select ‘Order a membership card’
  • Check that your contact details are correct. Update your Australian home mailing address in the “Membership address” section
  • Then select ‘Order’

2. Prefer to tap and get back with your Android device? No problem! Simply follow these steps:

  • Download the most up to date myBupa app. Get it from Google Play.
  • Register for myBupa or log-in
  • See your digital membership card on the home page.

To use your digital card once you have signed in, just unlock your phone and make contact with the HICAPS machine to allow card-less claiming on-­the-spot.

Visit BUPA OSHC On-Campus Support (Building LB)


Speak with the BUPA Overseas Student support team 
Dial 1800 888 942 in Australia.
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm (AEST)

24-hour Student Advice Line
If you need assistance outside of business hours, the 24-hour Student Advice Line can support you in 180 languages and provide support with a range of emergency situations. Dial 1300 884 235

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